I can’t remember the first time I watched The Thin Man movie. I wish I could since I would love to know what I thought of it right from the beginning. Now, it’s one of my favorite films. When I was younger, I couldn’t afford the DVD set of all the movies in the series.
Then when I moved to Boston, I got a job in a bookstore that had a DVD section. The store had the collection. Every time The Better Half visited, I pointed out the set. And each time, it fell on deaf ears. After a year of working there, we were in the store doing our Christmas shopping. Employees received a nice discount and during the holidays, we received an additional ten percent. That year, every family member received a gift from the store. For those who didn’t like movies, books, or cds, it took some creative thinking, but we got it done.
I remember seeing The Better Half placing The Thin Man series on the counter. I didn’t ask any questions, knowing if I did, it wouldn’t turn out well. The Better Half tried to be smooth about it. But I’m a snoop. Fortunately for me, I didn’t spill the beans—that’s a feat for me.
I always meant to watch all of them over a weekend. But I never got a chance to. When I had the flu a few weeks ago, my head hurt so much I couldn’t read or sleep. It was my chance to watch all the films and I did. It was wonderful and made having the flu a tad bit enjoyable. I watched all of them:
The Thin Man (1934)
After the Thin Man (1936)
Another Thin Man (1939)
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
Song of the Thin Man (1947)
For those not familiar with the movies they star William Powell and Myrna Loy. Nick Charles is a former detective who loves to drink and is hardly serious. His wife Nora is a lovable snoop and a rich heiress. Wherever they go there’s mystery, murder, and laughs. The dialogue in the films always makes me chuckle, even when sick. Nick and Nora are witty, charming, and just silly. Not a bad way to spend a couple of days. I don’t suggest getting the flu, but if you do, consider a movie marathon.
Miles enjoyed the marathon as well. I think he loves when I’m sick. He loves to sleep all day in bed or on the couch. And he’ll never leave my side when I’m sick. He’s a fantastic nurse, much better than The Better Half—shhh! Don’t say anything.