Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Rec. #234: The Thin Man
What: It's rare that a marriage is improved simply by the presence of hardboiled dialogue, lots and lots of booze, and some light gunplay on Christmas morning. Welcome to the world of Nick and Nora Charles.
Comparable to: You've surely seen the movies, right?
Opening lines: "I was leaning against the bar in a speakeasy on Fifty-second Street, waiting for Nora to finish her Christmas shopping, when a girl got up from the table where she had been sitting with three other people and came over to me. She was small and blonde, and whether you looked at her face or at her body in powder-blue sports clothes, the result was satisfactory."
Representative quote: "He remembered then that he had seen something in the newspapers about my having been shot. He was pretty vague about it and paid very little attention to my assurances that I was all right. 'I suppose that means no ping-pong for a couple of days,' he said with what seemed genuine regret."
You might not like it if: You try to keep track of number of drinks being served and start to worry that at some point the city of New York will simply run out of alcohol, and then what will the speakeasies do?
How to get it: After you buy or borrow or Kindle the book by Dashiell Hammett, go ahead and watch the movies, too. Then start a debate with someone about who should be cast in the impending remake.