The Thin Man Movies

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.

Miles snoozing on the couch with his best friend.

Miles snoozing on the couch with his best friend.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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48 Responses to The Thin Man Movies

  1. I thought I had heard of pretty much every movie out there, but those don’t ring a bell at all. They sound great though, and I’m glad that they helped you survive the flu :). By the way, that picture of Miles is adorable!!

    • TBM says:

      You should check out the movies—add them to your fancy organization list thing-a-ma-jig

      • LOL!! You really should try one of these database programs you know. They’re quite amazing. Organization is soooo wonderful :). Don’t worry though – not everything in my life is organized, and maybe if I stopped playing with all of these programs my house might get cleaned!

      • TBM says:

        I bet your house is a lot cleaner than mine…I’m pretty confident in that statement.

      • Well, you do have a dog and a cat, so that makes it harder to keep everything clean, but I’m sure it’s not as bad as you say! And if it is, who cares right?? LOL

      • TBM says:

        Our washer and dryer were broken for over two weeks. The washer is fixed. I’m trying to get caught up doing laundry and air drying all the stuff on any available space. who needs to sit down right. I wonder if Att and Miles are messier than your boys.

      • Well, at least my boys don’t shed LOL!! I have them trained pretty good – they know they will face the wrath of mom if they make a mess, but Daniel is a constant challenge. He is a pig and loves to just leave everything where it falls :).

      • TBM says:

        I have one of those here. I find dirty socks everywhere…grrr!

      • There’s one in every crowd. We just need too start beating them more regularly!! LOL 🙂

      • TBM says:

        I might have to work out more and do sprints so I can get away fast.

      • That’s a good point. We have all been dieting, and Mike and Daniel have been lifting weights, so I’m sure I would receive worse than I could dish out LOL!! On a postive note though, I have lost 6.5 pounds!!!! It’s killing me to give up all the fattening stuff like chocolate, cheese, and bread, but it’s starting to work!!!

  2. Pogue says:

    I love The Thin Man movies. They are one of the few sets of DVD’s that I own. Oh, you forgot to mention Asta. I would love to have an Asta.

  3. Beth Ann says:

    I have never watched them! I guess I need to put them on my list!!! Miles looks sooooo comfy!

  4. ilargia64 says:

    Ha, ha. ha…Miles is a good quarter best!!!!
    I always found William Holden so handsome!!!!
    I do not remember the movie, but I can tell your post made me laugh today!!! Have a nice day!

  5. sued51 says:

    I’ve seen some of the Thin Man movies, but not all of them. I DO love movie marathons but never allow myself to have one unless I am sick — oh the guilt of the hours without getting anything done! LOL
    I also love the picture of Miles…nice composition even though I know you didn’t set it up!

  6. Nora: How many drinks have you had?
    Nick Charles: This will make six Martinis.
    Nora Charles: [to the waiter] All right. Will you bring me five more Martinis, Leo? Line them right up here.

  7. i’ve only seen a couple of the thin man movies, but a marathon sounds like fun. did miles notice asta?

  8. Nick Charles: The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.
    Nick Charles: How’d you like Grant’s tomb?
    Nora Charles: It’s lovely. I’m having a copy made for you.

  9. letizia says:

    I really love those Miles photos 🙂 I haven’t seen the Thin Man movies so will rent the first one soon as I’m quite curious now. Hope you feel better soon!

  10. elisaruland says:

    The Thin Man movies were favorites of mine, and I’m so glad you mentioned them. Asta, was the little dog’s name, right? I have to watch them again, I forgot how much fun they were to watch. Powell and Loy had great chemistry.

  11. Don’t forget the lovable dog Aster, the brains behind it all! 🙂
    I could see Miles starring in his very own Thin Mn movies.

  12. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Our fur babies always know when something is wrong don’t they?

  13. lynnsbooks says:

    I’ve also never heard of these movies! Must have a look for them.
    Miles is gorgeous. Look at the way he’s sleeping – my dog Dude sleeps like that – so funny!
    Lynn 😀

  14. i love them too. while i don’t own a set, we have a wonderful video here – any movie you can think of, they have it. those will make my rental list for next weekend. I love Dashiell Hammett’s books. He was quite an amazing man, surviving all that he did in his lifetime.

  15. Novroz says:

    I have never heard of this before…it make you chuckle and it’s witty…sounds like my kind of movies. I will try to find it…you’ve made me curious 😉

    and look at Miles…so cute and comfy

  16. Colline says:

    I do admit, I have never heard of them.

  17. Angeline M says:

    It’s been years since I saw one of these films..I’ll have to go on Netflix, I loved them.

  18. Dogs really are the best when you’re sick. That photo of Miles is beyond adorable.

    Didn’t realize there were so many Thin Man movies!

    • TBM says:

      Since the first one was so successful they kept making them. I read that they might remake them and I think Depp is involved. Not sure how accurate that is.

  19. Fergiemoto says:

    Miles seems like a great caretaker!

  20. petit4chocolatier says:

    I haven’t heard of these. I love Miles purple nap decor and buddy! So comfy!

  21. Caroline says:

    Oh boy… That picture of Miles… It’s priceless. Makes me smile and go awww..
    I haven’t seen any of the Thin Man movies. Strange.

    • TBM says:

      I think you would like them. They are witty and fun, but the mystery is still present. Sometimes it does take a backseat to the wit, but I can live with that.

  22. Charlie has been enjoying the fact that Mary and I have been sick off and on over the last few weeks as he gets a lot of cuddle time in the chair while we read and watch tv.

    The Thin Man films are among my favorites as well. I’m not as fond of the last one in the series but I enjoy all the others. Powell and Loy have such great chemistry and I love spending time with them. And Loy is one of the classic actresses that I just find lovely. If she is in a film I’m almost always guaranteed to like it.

    I read The Thin Man a few years back for the first time and I was surprised by how well I thought the film adapted the book. It was nice too because I think I appreciated the humor in the book more because of having seen the films.

    • TBM says:

      I’m sorry to hear you two have been ill. We’ve been trading colds and such here. But it does benefit Charlie and Miles.

      The last Thin Man is not that great. There are some good one-liners, but I felt overall it was rushed. I also watched Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House that weekend. I just love Loy. It would have been amazing to know her in real life. She and Katherine Hepburn are my faves from that time period. I did love Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday–another favorite of mine that I’ve seen so many times.

      yes, I think I picked up more on the humor in the book since I saw the films first. The book is grittier but still the films were pretty close.

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