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974 Ratings

The Thin Man

Directed by W.S. Van Dyke
United States, 1934
Comedy, Crime, Mystery


The recently divorced Gilbert Wynant discovers that his new girlfriend has stolen $50,000 and is carrying on with other men. Not long afterward, he disappears. Anxious to locate her father, His daughter goes to private detective Nick Charles for help.

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The Thin Man Directed by W.S. Van Dyke

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1935 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1934 | Winner: Top Ten Films

National Film Preservation Board

1997 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

It’s a wickedly fun, sexy, intelligent intoxicant. You get something of a contact high watching the dazzling, slightly anarchic Nick and Nora imbibe, tossing off their good-natured barbs with such elegant ease. And the picture remains a still-modern depiction of what is, let’s face it, an aspirational marriage. A daring merging of darker crime elements with screwball comedy (decomposing bodies as dinner repartee), the picture was something of a risk, and one that paid off.
November 08, 2017
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Nick and Nora remain Dashiell Hammett’s most enduring pair of private detectives, and The Thin Man, adapted by W.S. Van Dyke from the mystery novel of the same name, is an exemplary film noir. Hammett’s story of a vanishing family patriarch and the murders his disappearance entrains is a thriller of great intrigue and intricacy, still compelling 80 years on.
December 24, 2014
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