One of the cutest film couples ever is Nick and Nora Charles, of the "Thin Man" series. Played by William Powell and Myrna Loy, Nick is a hard-drinking retired detective, and Nora, a wealthy heiress. On paper, they don't sound particularly cute. Or lovable. But on screen, they are pure magic.
Powell's Nick is hilarious, sly and droll, and if he drinks a little too much, well, he can be forgiven, because he's just so likeable. And Loy is absolutely darling, equally as funny as her screen counterpart, well playing a ditz who really isn't quite a ditz. The two flirt outrageously and banter wittily, all while solving crimes, drinking, dancing, and keeping track of their wire-haired fox terrier, Asta. Oh, and they even manage to have a baby, Nick, Jr.
The first title in the series, "The Thin Man" was based upon a book of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, supposedly based upon his relationship with the playwright, Lillian Hellman. I read the book long after I had seen the movie for the first time. Usually, movies based upon books are very loosely based; I was surprised that there are long stretches of dialogue taken directly from the book. And what dialogue it is! I can quote much of it verbatim, and still laugh out loud at many of the conversations between our witty couple, even though I've heard them dozens of times.
The mystery in these movies, although entertaining, is secondary to the wonderful chemistry between Powell and Loy. Although the quality of the films diminished with each successive movie, Nick and Nora remained funny and charming, absolutely delightful from beginning to end.
So, if you're having a bad day, if you need a pick-me-up, pick up the "Thin Man" series. If you only have time for one, the first one in the series is the best, but they're all fun and entertaining - great for a lazy Sunday afternoon!
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