What better way to end this noirish year than sitting back on New Year’s Eve and enjoying two of our favorite Dashiell Hammett characters Nick and Nora Charles. When ‘The Thin Man’ was made in 1934 Noir films hadn’t yet been labeled. However the James Wong Howe photography, the angles, shadows, lighting set the tone for this twisted who done it murder mystery. The delightful repartee dialogue written by Albert Hackett and his wife Frances Goodrich is delivered sloshingly through the talents of Myrna Loy and William Powell. Nick Charles advice on the correct way to mix drinks could be heeded tonight during the New Year’s Eve celebrations!
‘The important thing is the shaking of a drink. You shake a Manhattan to a Fox Trot, a Bronx to a two-step time, a Dry Martini you always shake to a Waltz!’
Happy New Year to all of our Classic Hollywood followers!