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Watching the Detectives: William Powell and Myrna Loy are Nick and Nora Charles in After the Thin Man November 23, 2007

Posted by Ian W in : Film Reviews, Comedy, Thriller , trackback

Powell and Loy are as witty and charming as they were in the first Thin Man film and they get good support from a very young James Stewart but the script doesn’t have quite the sparkle of the earlier film and at almost two hours it’s a little long.

This time the intrepid pair investigate the murder of Nora’s cousin, Selma’s husband. As with the first film though the sleuthing takes a backseat to the repartee between the pair and Powell in particular is on fine form: “Come on, let’s get something to eat. I’m thirsty.”

Stewart is impressive, particularly late on, in an unusual part for him. In fact the films biggest fault is too much of Asta, the dog, and not enough Jimmy.

It’s a fun two hours though and it left me looking forward to meeting probably the most inebriated detective in the history of cinema and his lovely wife again soon.


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