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10 Great Seconds – Drinking in the Morning with the Thin Man

October 13, 2011

This is 10 seconds from “The Thin Man” with William Powell and Myrna Loy. The story behind the movie is that it was just written as a mystery with a couple of laughs, but Powell and Loy knocked it out of the park on set.

Honestly, the mystery’s the least interesting part of the film, while scenes like this one rock. You can just imagine the script of this scene before the actors got a hold of it – “The detective speaks on the phone in direct tones” – what could be more thrilling? But they threw such fun little moments in, and were obviously enjoying every second of it, that this boring scene becomes GREAT! And the film is full of scenes like this. It was a huge hit, and they made five more of ‘em after this first one.

By the way, if I remember correctly, this is set early afternoon, she’s just getting up after a huge drinking binge from the night before, and notice that Powell already has a drink in his hand. It’s that kinda movie. :)  Check it out!

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