The Thin Man (film)

1934 film

The Thin Man is a 1934 comedic detective film, based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, about Nick and Nora Charles, a hard-drinking and flirtatious married couple who banter wittily as they solve a murder case. It was followed by five sequels.

Directed by W. S. Van Dyke. Written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich
A laugh tops every thrilling moment!

Nick Charles edit

  • The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to foxtrot time, a Bronx to two-step time, but a dry martini you always shake to waltz time.
  • [Threatened by a man with a gun] Hey, would you mind putting that gun away? My wife doesn't care, but I'm a very timid fellow... All right, shoot. I mean, uh, what's on your mind?
  • The murderer is right in this room. Sitting at this table. You may serve the fish.
  • Honey, it's that man again...
  • Nora says "I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids". Nick replies "It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids".

Nora Charles edit

  • Waiter, will you serve the nuts? ...I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?
  • The next person who says "Merry Christmas" to me, I'll kill 'em.
  • Oh Nicky, I love you because you know such lovely people.
  • (A detective searches the bedroom dresser)-What's that man doing in my drawers?!

Others edit

  • Marion: I don't like crooks. And if I did like 'em, I wouldn't like crooks that are stool pigeons. And if I did like crooks that are stool pigeons, I still wouldn't like you!

Dialogue edit

Nick: Now how did you ever remember me?
Dorothy: Oh, you used to fascinate me. A real live detective. You used to tell me the most wonderful stories. Were they true?
Nick: Probably not.

Nick: I'm a hero. I was shot twice in the Tribune.
Nora: I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids.
Nick: It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids.

Nora: All right! Go ahead! Go on! See if I care! But I thinks it's a dirty trick to bring me all the way to New York just to make a widow of me.
Nick: You wouldn't be a widow long...
Nora: You bet I wouldn't!
Nick: ...Not with all your money.

Nick: How'd you like Grant's Tomb?
Nora: It's lovely. I'm having a copy made for you.

Nora: Pretty girl.
Nick: Yes. She's a nice type.
Nora: You've got types?
Nick: Only you, darling, lanky brunettes with wicked jaws.

Nora: You know, that sounds like an interesting case. Why don't you take it?
Nick: I haven't time. I'm much too busy seeing that you don't lose any of the money I married you for.

Nora:Take care of yourself.
Nick: Why, sure I will.
Nora: Don't say it like that! Say it as if you mean it!
Nick: Well, I do believe the little woman cares.
Nora: I don't care! It's just that I'm used to you, that's all.

Nora: Nick? Nicky?
Nick: What?
Nora: You asleep?
Nick: Yes!
Nora: Good. I want to talk to you.

Nora: What hit me?
Nick: The last martini.

Nora: Do you want a drink?
Nick: What do you think?

Nora: How do you feel?
Nick: Terrible. I must have gone to bed sober.

Reporter: Say, listen, is he working on a case?
Nora: Yes, he is.
Reporter: What case?
Nora: A case of scotch. Pitch in and help him.

Reporter: Well, can't you tell us anything about the case?
Nick: Yes, it's putting me way behind in my drinking.

Cast edit

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