Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic!
It wasn’t long ago that I plowed through my box set of The Thin Man movies and fell in love. Multiple times, actually. I fell in love with the fantastic dialogue, the rapid-fire comedy and, most importantly, with the ravishingly gorgeous Myrna Loy as Mrs. Nora Charles.
In fact, William Powell and Myrna Loy together are magic, the perfect mixture of playful mocking and genuine caring. Some of the Thin Man flicks are better than others, but those two were always consistent.
With the talk of Johnny Depp wanting to resurrect the series and play Nick Charles, you owe it to yourself to dig up the box set and give these old Hollywood films a view because even if Depp knocks it out of the park and finds the one in a million girl for Nora there’s still something about the dialogue and filmmaking of the ‘30s that fits this story to a T. And I love Depp, but I kinda see Robert Downey Jr. more as a modern day Nick Charles.
Anyhoo, this photo of the cast and crew (drinks in hand, of course) was submitted by reader Dave Lescalleet and he was kind enough to send along a higher res image, so click for the bigger shot. Myrna Loy… le sigh…
If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here.
Tomorrow’s pic made a deal with the devil.
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- Big Trouble In Little China
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- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
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- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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- The French Connection
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- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
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- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Die Hard
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
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- The Godfather
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- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
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- Edward Scissorhands
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- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
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- Army of Darkness
- Seed of Chucky
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- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
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- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Sahara (1943)
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Nov. 14, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST
It has to start somewhere
Nov. 14, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST
by Righteous Brother
Nov. 14, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST
...personally, I can't think of ANYBODY around today who'd fit the bill.
Nov. 14, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST
In a way you have to respect that the guys is letting his middle age show, and not trying to stay a pretty boy.
Nov. 14, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST
by JT Kirk
I've been into The Thin Man series for about a decade thanks to TCM airing the movies together once in a while. The Thin Man movie is one of the few instances where I think the movie is more entertaining than the book, and that's high praise from a Dashiel Hammett story! The chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy was rightly a screen legend and made the series really turn into something special, even through "Mrs. Asta" (despite Asta being a female in the novel) and Nicky Jr.. I don't know how a modern version could compare with that, but I'd be willing to see it tried if it had the passion.
Nov. 14, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST
never seen the thin man. never heard of it even, is it famous enough for me to care about?
Nov. 14, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST
I'm slightly disappointed.
Nov. 14, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST
I surprisingly don't mind the idea of them remaking the Thin Man series of films... If nothing else, it would bring the originals back around to prominent attention. Like others, however, I'm hard pressed to name someone who could easily step into Nora's shoes. It would probably have to be someone who completely surprised audiences with a deft comic turn, rather than someone who seemed to fit the bill beforehand.
Nov. 14, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST
I've not seen any of them and am interested in checking some of them out. Maybe I'll just start with the first one...
Nov. 14, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
A drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other.<p> The way things should be.
Nov. 14, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST
I saw the Thin Man when I was in my late teens and never recovered. She is perfect.
Nov. 14, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
I mean, she's ok, but she's no Barbarella.<p> TITTIES!!!
Nov. 14, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST
by Mr Lucas
No way can he pull it off. Sorry JD, but if you want to do these stories justice, cast a decent actor who fits the role. RDJ would certainly be a better choice.
Nov. 14, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST
It was good but Chandler blows him out of the water. <p> Make mine Marlowe.
Nov. 14, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST
LOVE those movies !!!
Nov. 14, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST
I love The Thin Man. The movie AND the book. Great lines: "How about a little something to cut the phlegm"? "Now there's a woman with hair on her chest." "I never was a delicate fleur." And Asta! Second only to Toto as best book/movie dog evah. For stylish mysteries and elegant murder investigations, you can't beat Dashiell Hammett. The SHIT, I say.
Nov. 14, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST
Though neither could eclipse Myrna Loy...
Nov. 14, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST
thats whats missing from cinema today, I bet you all the men went off for a cigar and a brandy after the photo, because thats what gentalmen do.
Nov. 14, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST
Nick and Nora are still maybe the greatest husband-wife onscreen pairing of all time. These are amazing movies. My Dad turned me on to these and the Bowery Boys series of movies while I was growing up, and even though I was born 40 years after they were made and love new films, I still find myself watching these films a lot. I guess I'm ok with them being remade, but it would take an extreme feat to recreate the chemistry that William Powell and Myrna Loy had, which is what makes these movies so great.
Nov. 14, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST
Just start with the first film. You'll want to continue on and watch all of them.
Nov. 14, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST
I've added the first three films in order on my Netflix queue.
Nov. 14, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST
Part of me wants to see a CONTINUATION of the series. Bring is Dean Stockwell as the father, or grandfather, of a new character, introducing a generation of the Charles family, following in Nick's footsteps as a modern detective. Oh well.
Nov. 14, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST
I see Myrna, Powell, and is that Ronald Coleman on the right? But at least tell us who's in the photo. And yeah Myrna is a real sweetie.
Nov. 14, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST
SMOTHERS BROTHER: Man, I'm hungry! I wonder if they're going to feed us on this flight!?? English, do you speak english? PASSENGER: You would like my penis? SMOTHERS BROTHER: I'm on my way to see my wife! I got two... three kids. PASSENGER: You would like my penis? SMOTHERS BROTHER: Look, pal, that's not my thing! The Passenger pulls a bag a salted PEANUTS from his jacket and hakes them. PASSENGER: You would like? SMOTHERS BROTHER: Oh PEA-NUTS!! Oh sure. I thought you were talking about something else. The Passenger watches as the Smothers brother eats the peanuts = his eyes alive with suggestion.
Nov. 14, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST
Yes, the Thin Man movies are great. The only other onscreen couple that had nearly as much chemistry was Tracy and Hepburn. John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara were great too, but Powell and Loy in the Thin Man movies were tops. I don't think anybody can fill the comfortably boozy shoes of that pair. They're welcome to try. Although, I agree that Depp won't do. You know what? They could just skip the remake and re-release the originals to theaters. I would go see them, even though I have all of them on DVD.
Nov. 14, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST
Two words. Chris Pine. Since they're making Star Trek for people who aren't smart enough to get original Trek, they might as well make Thin Man for people who aren't smart enough for the originals. And he didn't come anywhere near my tabloids.
Nov. 14, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST
Skip "The Thin Man Goes Home".<p> It is TV Movie of the Week bad. All of the good writers must have been in WWII. Not a winner.<p> Also skip the 7th DVD in the boxed set with "MYRNA LOY: SO NICE TO COME HOME TO". While I love Myrna Loy (God her and Diana Riggs) the narration by Kathleen Turner and her post-menopausal man-voice are traumatic (I'll never be able to watch Body Heat again, not that I'd want to).
Nov. 14, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST
While I am not sold on Depp or Downey Jr as Nick, Sarah Michelle Gellar would be great as Nora. <p> You need an actress who is good with quick snappy dialog and can be cute as Hell.<p> Also, the chemistry between the two leads has to be fantastic. If the chemistry isn't there the whole thing falls apart.<p> .<p> .<p> I'd say give the script work to Weddon, but he'd turn Nora into too much of his Girl-Power thing. I can't watch the end of Serenity because he decided to turn Inara into Wonder Woman. Seriously, WTF with the bow and arrow?<p> Maybe turn the script over to the writters from "Pushing Daisies".
Nov. 15, 2010, 1:24 a.m. CST
Nov. 15, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST
oh wait, you mean The THIN Man
Nov. 15, 2010, 7:07 a.m. CST
by Artemis Webb
Please don't stop mixing it in with newer films.
Nov. 15, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST
Nov. 15, 2010, 9:45 a.m. CST
My wife and I like the movies so much we named our children Nick and Nora. Only old people get the connection. In regards to who could be a modern day Nora...first person that popped into my mind was Gwyneth Paltrow. But I'm not backing her. And Nick, I'm not sure.
Nov. 15, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST
Perhaps the most relaxed comic actor of all time, better even than Cary Grant on some occasions ... nothing phased him (of course, that could have been the booze) ... I long for the days when people dressed up for dinner .... a remake, while interesting, could never capture the real charm of these sorts of movies which lay in the delivery of truly witty lines written to get around the censorship rules of the Hays Code. Without that built-in constraint, I think all we would have in a remake would be second-rate snarky sit-com one-liners ... And I don't see Depp being able to pull this off; he may be louche and a charming drunk himself, and he's great at doing camp, but Nick Charles is not a camp character (someone above mentioned Downey Jr., which seems right ... John Cusack on the right day could do it too) and besides, the studio would probably want whoever is in this to keep the drink to one and not to smoke at all .. and where's the fun in that?
Nov. 15, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST
I do see perhaps Ginnifer Goodwin in the role of Nora. She has the right "retro" look and at a little over 30, the same age as Loy when The Thin Man was made. If Depp could do sophisticated minus camp, with a pencil thin mustache, he would be right.
Nov. 15, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST
Two rescued wirehair fox terriers (like Asta). Couldn't think of more appropriate names. Only old people get it. A pox on the remake. There's a certain innocence that makes up the charm of these movies. To be able to come right out and say stuff would strip most if the wit. Appropriately so - of our dogs, Nora is the smart one and Nick just kind of bumbles through life.
Nov. 15, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST
I second Robert Downey, Jr.
Nov. 15, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST
but find the sequels to be tired, formulaic programers. The last couple had degenerated to sitcom crap. The studio should have well enough alone.
Nov. 16, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST
This is the one I've been waiting for! I was hoping against hope there'd be a Thin Man set pic. Hooray! I win!! In other news, here's Myrna Loy's namesake performance center in Helena, MT http://www.myrnaloycenter.com/
Nov. 16, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST
but Downey IS Nick Charles.
Nov. 25, 2010, 12:25 a.m. CST
But Anne Hathaway would do a good job as Nora Charles, the younger, wealthy blueblood wife of middle-aged, private-eye Nick Charles. She's pretty, can do comedy and drama equally well and has the "presence" the role would require.
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