[FYI] Thoughts on the Thin Man book now available

Thoughts on the Thin Man

I was lucky enough to get to participate in Danny Reid’s book of essays, Thoughts On The Thin Man: Essays on the Delightful Detective Work of Nick and Nora Charles. Danny runs Pre-Code.com, where he covers pre-code movies, and he put together this awesome idea for a Thin Man book with a bunch of classic movie people contributing. And, well, me.

The book is available from Amazon, both in print and for Kindle. Any proceeds will be donated to the ASPCA.

My essay is all about the locations (sets, interior and exterior, and actual location shooting). These observations had been kicking around in my head since I was a kid watching The Thin Man movies so it was interesting to discuss them. Many thanks to my editors–Danny, of course–but I also subjected wife Monique, father Steve, and friends Jessica and Jim to various drafts of the essay as I worked on it.

Now, with the book out (and winging its way to me from Amazon), I can’t wait to read what everyone else has come up with….

The Description

Undoubtedly some of the most witty and urbane films of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the six movies that composed MGM’s Thin Man series showcased a pair of wealthy, inebriated detectives who solve murders in their down time. Through the series’ run from 1934 to 1947, William Powell and Myrna Loy turned Nick and Nora Charles into a cinematic institution, showcasing a marriage that was sexy, funny, and exciting, whether there was a gun pointed at them at any given moment or not.

Thoughts On The Thin Man reflects on these famous films, looking back at Dashiell Hammett’s original inspiration, the genesis of the films, and the men and women who made them possible. This collection of essays covers all six movies, including detailed plot breakdowns, quotes, trivia, discussion of motifs, looks at the many spin-offs of the series, a couple of nostalgic odes, and even drinking games, including a custom cocktail devoted to the duo. Would you expect any less?

The Other Contributors

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