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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: The Thin Man Films • After the Thin Man

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After the Thin Man

“C’mon, let’s get something to eat. I’m thirsty!”

Back in the World of Nick and Norah Charles

With the success of The Thin Man, it was inevitable that the studio would want to return to the world of Nick and Norah Charles. While not based on another book by Dashiell Hammett, it’s clearly his characters and the returning screenwriting duo of Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich know how to bring Nick and Norah to life. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we kick off our ‘The Thin Man’ series, with W.S. Van Dyke’s 1936 film After the Thin Man.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

The Hays Code was in action, so less clear drinking of alcohol by the duo, but that doesn’t mean they’re not drunk. Particularly Charles. We love William Powell and Myrna Loy as these characters. They’re clearly having a great time. What’s with the story of infidelity thrown into Asta’s subplot though?

The mystery is a fun one and there are a lot of great characters, including one played by a young Jimmy Stewart! The look of the film is similar enough to the first one where they feel like they’re cut from the same cloth, and we like that it starts feeling as if it’s a continuation of the first film.

All in all, it’s a delight and we both loved this one more than the first. Definitely check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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