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Videodrone Streams and Channels: William Powell and Myrna Loy on TCM

Seven cocktail hour films with Powell and Loy, including five 'Thin Man' movies

By SeanAx Dec 17, 2012 1:44PM

Turner Classic Movies celebrates one of the great romantic screen teams. William Powell and Myrna Loy were the epitome of wit and sophistication with a highball flair and a screwball soul in the 1930s and early 1940s.


On Tuesday, December 18, TCM presents seven of their films, including their signatures series: "The Thin Man," with Powell and Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, the world’s most debonair detective team in the cocktail hour of the mystery beat.


"The Thin Man" (1934) is a sparkling adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel of a former working class sleuth gone high society and his game social register wife, a playfully-in-love couple with nothing but time on their hands and a highball in their fist who fall into a mystery, much to his chagrin and her delight. Director W.S. Van Dyke reportedly shot this in a whirlwind 12 days, and that rush may have encouraged the tossed-off flavor of the oh-so-suave and sly banter, though it would be nothing without the incomparable chemistry of Powell and Loy. There’s a snap to their scenes and they proved such an irresistible pair that they were teamed for another dozen or so films, including the following four sequels.


The pair hardly skip a beat when they return home for New Years Eve in "After the Thin Man" (1936) and stumble into another mystery, this one a scandal that threatens Nora’s stuffy, socialite family. W.S. Van Dyke directs again and Jimmy Stewart takes an unconventional role as the prime suspect. Once again, it’s the cocktail chemistry between the blasé Powell and the elegantly sexy Loy that makes this snappy sequel crackle.

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