The Thin Man was an entertaining novel, and now it’s an entertaining picture. In the Dashiell Hammett original there was considerable material not suited by nature to pictures. That this has been cut without noticeable loss of story punch or merit is high commendation for the adapters.
They capture the spirit of the jovial, companionable relationship of the characters, Nick, retired detective, and Nora, his wife. Their very pleasant manner of loving each other and showing it is used as a light comedy structure upon which the screen doctors perform their operation on the Hammett novel.
The comedy as inserted, and also as directed by W. S. Van Dyke and played by William Powell and Myrna Loy, carries the picture along during its early moments and gives it an impetus which sweeps the meat of the mystery story through to a fast finish.
No changes made in the basic plot nor in the murder mystery developments.
1934: Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (William Powell), Writing Adaptation