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The Comedy of Marriage
Posted May 17, 2010 to photo album "The Comedy of Marriage"
In anticipation of the release of Lisa Cholodenko’s comedy The Kids Are All Right, FilmInFocus’ Peter Bowen and Nick Dawson look at works across multiple mediums that also poke fun at the institution of marriage.
Slide 4: The Thin Man (1934)
In the 1930s, Nick and Nora Charles, the creations of pulp novelist Dashiell Hammett, were the darlings of the silver screen. First introduced in The Thin Man (1934), an adaptation of Hammett’s book of the same name, the ex-private detective (played by William Powell) and the rich society dame (Myrna Loy) made the ideal couple. They fearlessly investigated crimes, they drank copiously, they bantered wittily, they had an adorable wire-haired fox terrier named Asta. Most notably, they clearly loved each other and the conflict in the movie came from the murder Nick and Nora were investigating rather than any tension in their marriage – though they did lovingly bicker with each other. Following the huge success of the first movie, Powell and Loy returned for a further five movies, the final one being Song of the Thin Man in 1947 in which an 11-year-old Dean Stockwell played their son, Nick Jr.