On the set of “The Thin Man” (1934) Myrna Loy and William Powell

 

“The Thin Man” is a 1934 American comic detective film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a flirtatious married couple who banter wittily as they solve crimes with ease. Nick is a hard-drinking retired detective and Nora a wealthy heiress. Their dog, the wire-haired fox terrier Asta, played by Skippy, was also a popular character. Completed in 1934 and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, the film was directed by W. S. Van Dyke from a script by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich. The screenplay was based on the mystery novel The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett, supposedly based on his relationship with playwright Lillian Hellman. The film was such a success that it spawned five sequels: “After the Thin Man” (1936), “Another Thin Man” (1939), “Shadow of the Thin Man” (1941), “The Thin Man Goes Home” (1945), and “Song of the Thin Man” (1947).

 

James Wong Howe, Myrna Loy, W.S. Van Dyke, William Powell during filming of "The Thin Man" (1934)

James Wong Howe, Myrna Loy, W.S. Van Dyke, William Powell during filming of “The Thin Man” (1934)

 

Maureen O'Sullivan, William Powell, W.S. Van Dyke, Unknown, Myrna Loy, Ronald Colman on the set of "The Thin Man" (1934)

Maureen O’Sullivan, William Powell, W.S. Van Dyke, Unknown, Myrna Loy, Ronald Colman on the set of “The Thin Man” (1934)

 

William Powell and Myrna Loy take a break during filming of "The Thin Man" (1934)

William Powell and Myrna Loy take a break during filming of “The Thin Man” (1934)

 

William Powell, Asta, and Myrna Loy relax on the set of "The Thin Man" (1934)

William Powell, Asta, and Myrna Loy relax on the set of “The Thin Man” (1934)

 

William Powell and Myrna Loy celebrate Powell's birthday on the set of "Another Thin Man" (1939)

William Powell and Myrna Loy celebrate Powell’s birthday on the set of “Another Thin Man” (1939)

 

A party for Myrna Loy on the set of "Another Thin Man" (1939) L-R: Louis B. Mayer, Myrna Loy, William Powell and director W.S. Van Dyke

A party for Myrna Loy on the set of “Another Thin Man” (1939) L-R: Louis B. Mayer, Myrna Loy, William Powell and director W.S. Van Dyke

 

Myrna Loy and William Powell sing between scenes of "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1945)

Myrna Loy and William Powell sing between scenes of “The Thin Man Goes Home” (1945)

 

William Powell, Asta, and Myrna Loy during the shooting of "Song of the Thin Man" (1947)

William Powell, Asta, and Myrna Loy during the shooting of “Song of the Thin Man” (1947)

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2 Responses to “On the set of “The Thin Man” (1934) Myrna Loy and William Powell”

  1. […] Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American actress. Trained as a dancer, she devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. Originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, her career prospects improved following her portrayal of Nora Charles in “The Thin Man” (1934). Her successful pairing with William Powell resulted in 14 films together, including five subsequent Thin Man films. In 1937, Myrna Loy was crowned the Queen of Hollywood by a nationwide poll. […]

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