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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is right in this room, sitting at this table. You may serve the fish.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Nick and Nora Charles, how I love you. I’ve featured The Thin Man here before (and I also wrote up each entry in the franchise from the great Box Set a while back) and as long as I keep getting images from the film I’ll keep my Thin Man torch burning as long as I can.

They didn’t get any hotter than Myrna Loy or any suave(r?) than William Powell and when you put the two of them together it’s dynamite. I strongly, strongly, strongly urge you to go check out The Thin Man movies before the alleged Johnny Depp remake. I love Depp, I love Rachel Weisz (rumored to be Nora) and they would be great together, I’m sure, but as good as their chemistry can possibly be it won’t hold a candle to Powell and Loy.

So, let’s celebrate our gone, but not forgotten legends with today’s pic. Click to embiggen! Enjoy!



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  • July 18, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Dinner is served

    by Mr Soze

  • July 18, 2011, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Hey WB, where the fuck is the Batman trailer?

    by Nerd Rage

  • July 18, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    I thought Depp was going to play the part of ASTA!!!

    by DrMorbius

  • July 18, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    LOL @ the asian dude

    by KilliK

    he is probably there as an extra for the scene,to take the plates from the table or something. 75years later and nowadays he has been promoted to play the stereotypical asian who knows kung fu or carries a katana.

  • July 18, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Tomorrow's BTS pic...

    by ChaosReigns

    Gene Kelly or The Joker ?

  • July 18, 2011, 11:17 a.m. CST

    The "asian dude" is James Wong Howe...

    by Marcelo of Hollywood's greatest cinematographers who shot some of the most famous movies ever made by the Hollywood studio system, including The Thin Man - he was a pioneer in so many ways, including being the first Asian to break into a major industry position. He also used deep focus techniques years before Gregg Toland's work on Citizen Kane. So yeah, not some random Asian extra, but a Hollywood legend. Be careful before you assume :)

  • July 18, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by Immortal_Fish

    I didn't even notice an "asian dude" in that pic until you mentioned it. It was just a guy leaning on a camera to me until I saw your post. And that's how you internalize such things when you see them? Brandon Lee never happened? Tiger Woods never happened? Jo Koy never happened? Roger Mooking never happened? Hell, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu never happened? Project much?

  • July 18, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    @22digitalboy heh, i assumed he was someone important

    by KilliK

    since he was wearing suit and leaning on the camera and all,but i am bored and was aiming for some trolling time. but tx for the info,i think i have heard his name before and if i am not mistaken there is a decent number of modern HW cinematographers who happen to be asian.

  • July 18, 2011, 11:33 a.m. CST

    Classic screen couple, my all-time number one

    by ClayMatthews

    I love Depp but I am surprised anyone would try to reprise those roles.

  • July 18, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    James Wong Howe

    by DrMeyer

    Yes, that's him on the camera, quite possibly the finest cinematographer of his time. Still working pretty much to the day he died, and his influence is felt by anyone who steps behind a camera. Watch John Frankeheimer's "Seconds" for some of his final work; creepy, atmospheric, and very unnerving.

  • July 18, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Should be in the public domain

    by G00mp

    This movie is almost 80 years old, we should be able to watch this for free online(legally). Fuck you Sonny Bono.

  • July 18, 2011, 11:37 a.m. CST

    And if I'm not mistaken...

    by DrMeyer

    That's director Woody Van Dyke leaning over to talk to Bill and Myrna.

  • July 18, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    @immortal_fish actually

    by KilliK

    i was referring to the complete absence of asian protagonists in HW movies. Nowadays,even if it is not the majority of movies we are talking, we do have black and latin protagonists in studio movies. The only asians who seem to have broken this racial trend,are Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan,and even that achievement has happened under very specific and difficult circumstances. Bruce Lee,like Eastwood, had to go to HK to become a star before his first major american film. Jackie Chan became a star in the USA after multiple,failed attempts to make a hit film for the american audience. And both actors had to share their lead role with an american actor when they made their first american films. I remember an interview with Jackie Chan about Rush Hour 1,where he said that the studio wanted Chris Tucker's name to be put first in the movie's titles and the posters/trailers/ads. Chan refused that and he put in the contract a rule that his name would be put first in the titles/ads of the first movie,but for the sequel they were allowed to put Tucker's name first. In fact if you see the trailers from RH1 and RH2,you will see that in the trailers of RH1,Chan's name is shown first whereas the american trailers for RH2 show Tucker's name first and the international trailers show Chan's name first. And i remember this because it had made me a big impression when i heard it the first time. Anyway,i hope i clarified the things a bit about what i meant with my first post.

  • July 18, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST

    The trailer is a pretty crappy version.

    by sweeneydave

    AICN ususally waits until there is a version that doesn't look like it's being viewed underwater from far away.

  • July 18, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    for those interested in james wong howe

    by ragingfluff I have already expressed my reservations about a remake, and i won't repeat them here, suffice it to say it's a bad idea, not because it's a remake, but because of Depp who I think is wrong for the part.

  • July 18, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    i am prepared to eat my words if Depp does a good job

    by ragingfluff

    and at the very least a remake should bring new viewers to the original, which has to be a good thing

  • July 18, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    I always thought of Castle as a reverse The Thin Man

    by thelordofhell

    Rich spoiled man hangs with female detective.

  • July 18, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST

    This is one of those shameful things

    by proevad

    that I don't like to admit. I've never seen it. Great pic.

  • July 18, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    there was also a similar series of movies from that era,with a middle-age rich guy who was solving mysterious cases with the help of a female ghost who had been murdered(well at least in the movie i watched). His name was Tobber,Tobby or somthing like that and he also had a funny black driver as comic relief. Anyone knows the title of the movie series i am talking about?

  • July 18, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I've never seen any of these and I have no idea what

    by sweeneydave

    they are about. Is it romance? Screwball comedy? James Bond-ish? Is it where creepythinman got his handle from?

  • July 18, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST

    @killik - Topper, I think

    by monorail77

    with Cary Grant? I'm too lazy to look it up

  • July 18, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    ah yes Topper that's it.thanx mate.

    by KilliK

  • Just imagine how they must have felt. All their friends probably thought they had this glamorous job in Hollywood- in reality they had the same experience as working in the kitchen of any greasy spoon diner from the era. I bet he couldn't drive worth shit either. In fact I'm offended from having seen this picture. Goddamn chinks

  • July 18, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Jimmy Stewart as a villain

    by Ted Knight

    in the second one, I think (not quite sure) was an interesting performance from him. It's fun to see him playing a maniacal heel. He was rather good at it too as I recall.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    That post should read "You may serve the nuts"

    by tphile2

    as said by Nora Charles.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Thin Man

    by Colin Dent

    Loy and Powell are pure magic. There is innuendo in every scene they are together. They work like a Swiss watch.According to wiki, Van Dyke shot it in 12 days (Out of 14) and it was released only 5 months after the book was published.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    You may serve the nuts

    by Ted Knight

    Exactly! Without that specific line the double entendre does not exist.

  • July 18, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    The Choppah's ashamed to admit his ignorance of the Thin Man films


    One of the few things that somehow managed to stay out of my radar. THAT SAID, I will definitely be checking out the Depp film.

  • July 18, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    TMC marathons FTW

    by Baked

  • July 18, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Quint, I can't stress this enough:

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Yes, please post all things Thin Man! Well, I guess that's enough stress. So, I lied. Sue me.