director W.S. Van Dyke
I settled myself down for a The Thin Man (1934) marathon with TCM for New Year’s Eve, kind of knowing I wouldn’t make it all the way through. Though I’d seen the first film a few times, I hadn’t ever watched any of the other films in the series.
After the Thin Man picks up where The Thin Man left off, with Nick and Nora Charles (the splendid William Powell and Myrna Loy) back in San Francisco, just trying for a quiet New Year’s Eve when friends, family, and a murder mystery step in on their fun.
Though it was two years since the first film, director W.S. Van Dyke was back with screenwriters Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, from a story by Dashiell Hammett. Stretched to 2 hours, the picture packs in a lot of charm and comedy as well as a slew of character actors and even a young Jimmy Stewart!
It’s not quite the martini-swilling romp of the first film, but Powell and Loy make the thing fully worthwhile.