Thursday, May 19, 2011

Johnny Depp as The Thin Man? Yes, and I couldn't be happier.

Probably my favorite movie franchise of all time, would have to be, "The Thin Man."

Possibly my favorite movie of all time, would be the perfect little film called, "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart. Bogie rocks, don't get me wrong. I collect all his movies.
Nick, Asta and Nora Charles

But for all out couples power, entertainment and drinking fun, Nick and Nora Charles rock. I have all those movies.

But now, it's being remade with Johnny Depp and I couldn't be happier. Usually I don't like remakes like this, but I love the series and would love someone like Depp to take a run at it. I can't think of anyone else I could believe might be able to take on the role and do something positive with it.

The Thin Man series of films started in 1934 and starred William Powell and one of the hottest babes of all time, Myrna Loy. Both of them had great careers but when they put them together in this series, things really took off.

The Thin Man (1934) is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally published in Redbook. Although he never wrote a sequel, the book became the basis for a successful six-part film series which also began in 1934 with The Thin Man and starred William Powell and Myrna Loy. A Thin Man television series followed in the 1950s. Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich penned the screenplay and later the iconic "It's a Wonderful Life".

William Powell was a great enjoyable actor to watch, in any movie he was in, but my favorites was The Thin Man character.

Myrna Loy is one of my all time hottest babes in movies.
No really, I mean it.

No really, I mean it.

Okay, okay, enough of my obsessions. The story is set in Prohibition-era New York City. The main characters are a former private detective, Nick Charles, and his clever young wife, Nora. Nick, son of a Greek immigrant, has given up his career since marrying Nora, a wealthy socialite, and he now spends most of his time cheerfully getting drunk in hotel rooms and speakeasies. Nick and Nora have no children, but they do own a wire-haired terrier named Asta.

Charles is drawn, mostly against his will, into investigating a murder. The case brings them in contact with a rather grotesque family, the Wynants, and also with an assortment of policemen and lowlifes. As they attempt to solve the case, Nick and Nora share a great deal of banter and witty dialogue, along with copious amounts of alcohol.
It is the relationship Nick and Nora share, along with their ease at life, their drinking and having fun behavior and loyalty to one another, and respect for one another's autonomy, that I find so fascinating and enjoyable. I would do just about anything to BE Nick Charles. Too much fun.

As for the remake, reported that" "Rob Marshall is to Direct Johnny Depp and John DeLuca to Produce. Last year, we reported that Johnny Depp wanted to reunite with his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall for a new adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man.  We have now received a press release confirming that Marshall is on board to direct and that John DeLuca (Nine) will produce through the duo’s LUCAMAR Productions company."

The question in my mind, is who will take Myrna Loy's role and how in the world is anyone going to be able to replace HER? Good luck guys. But I can't tell you how much I hope you pull it off. I haven't wanted a project to work this badly in years.

Go for it. Best of luck!


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  2. Can you tell me from what movie is the 4th picture with Myrna Loy, the one where she stands in front of a mirror?

  3. Sorry I looked around but cannot find that photo again or what film it came from. Though many are available by googling her name and selecting images from the top left.