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W. S. Van Dyke (1889–1943)

Autor(a) de The Thin Man [1934 film]

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Obras de W. S. Van Dyke

The Thin Man [1934 film] (1934) — Director — 133 cópias
The Complete Thin Man Collection (2005) — Director — 118 cópias
After the Thin Man [1936 film] (1936) — Director — 77 cópias
Another Thin Man [1939 film] (1939) — Diretor — 63 cópias
Shadow of the Thin Man [1941 film] (1941) — Director — 56 cópias
The Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection (2007) — Diretor — 34 cópias
San Francisco [1936 film] (1936) — Director — 31 cópias
Rose-Marie [1936 film] (1992) 17 cópias
Tarzan the Ape Man [1932 film] (2000) — Director — 14 cópias
Marie Antoinette [1938 film] (1938) — Diretor; Diretor — 13 cópias
Naughty Marietta [1935 film] (1935) 12 cópias
I Love You Again [1940 film] (1940) — Director — 11 cópias
It's a Wonderful World [1939 film] (1939) — Diretor — 11 cópias
Manhattan Melodrama [1934 film] (1991) — Diretor — 8 cópias
I Take This Woman [1940 film] (1940) — Diretor — 5 cópias
Penthouse [1933 film] (1933) — Director — 5 cópias
Rosalie [1937 film] (1937) 4 cópias
Bitter Sweet [1940 film] (1989) 4 cópias
The Andy Hardy Collection: Volume 2 (2013) — Diretor — 3 cópias
Clark Gable: The Signature Collection — Diretor — 3 cópias
Love on the Run [1936 film] (1936) 2 cópias
Trader Horn [1931 film] (1994) 2 cópias
It's a Wonderful World 1 exemplar(es)
San Francisco 1 exemplar(es)
Cairo 1 exemplar(es)
They Gave Him a Gun [1937 film] (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
Forbidden Hollywood Collection: Volume 10 (2016) — Diretor — 1 exemplar(es)
The Thin Man Collection 1 exemplar(es)
The Pagan [1929 film] (1929) — Diretor — 1 exemplar(es)
Personal Property 1 exemplar(es)
Guilty Hands [1931 film] (1931) — Diretor — 1 exemplar(es)
Eskimo [1933 film] 1 exemplar(es)
I Live My Life [1935 film] (2014) — Diretor — 1 exemplar(es)
Laughing Boy [1934 film] (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
Trader Horn 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Van Dyke, Woodbridge Strong, II
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
San Diego, California, USA
Local de falecimento
Los Angeles, California, USA
Locais de residência
San Diego, California, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
film director



It is impossible to tabulate how many millions of people have been entertained by these witty and sophisticated mysteries featuring a husband and wife. The huge success of The Thin Man, the original 1934 film based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel of the same name, prompted MGM to break new ground by producing an “A” picture sequel, and follow that with four more “A” pictures featuring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles.

The original film introduced the sophisticated and fun couple we all have come to love over the years. The Thin Man was set over the Christmas holiday and was the first time audiences got to enjoy the banter of Nick and Nora, as ex-detective Nick was pushed into action, martini in hand, by his better half. Nora had the money and Nick had the know-how. Clyde Wynant, portrayed by Edward Ellis, as nearly everyone knows, was actually Thee thin man. But the tag stuck to Nick Charles and the rest is, as they say, screen history. A very pretty Maureen O’Sullivan is a standout in the original film as the young Dorothy Wynant.

What delighted audiences, however, was the playful fun between Nick and Nora as they solved the mystery. When Powell and Loy returned as Nick and Nora a couple of years later, the magic that had surrounded the original was still there, and would remain so through the last entry.

AFTER THE THIN MAN was nearly as much fun as the original, as Nick and Nora, to Nora’s delight and Nick’s dismay, became involved in another mystery set immediately following their adventures in the original. All the fun was still there as was the mystery. Nora told reporters in the film: “Nick was sober in Kansas City!” Their dog Asta was back again as well, and became a household name. A young Jimmy Stewart got to star in this one also.

In ANOTHER THIN MAN Nick and Nora returned for another breezy and fun comedy/mystery done with style, class and top drawer production values from MGM at it’s zenith. This one is probably my favorite of the series.

Little Nicky Jr. is a year old and proud parents Nick and Nora are having a ball. Nick is trying to get out of going to Long Island because Colonel McFay (C. Aubrey Smith) only wants him to go over financial reports and other mundane matters that might interfere with Nick’s drinking. But there is also a threat on the Colonel’s life. Since Nora wants a quiet weekend in the country, off they go. It turns out to be anything but quiet, of course, and Nick has to solve another murder.

A sharp and clever script with snappy dialog keep this one moving along nicely. Pretty Virginia Grey is the Colonel’s daughter Lois and Ruth Hussey plays little Nicky’s nurse, Dorothy. Lois wants to marry Dudley Horn (Patrick Knowles), much to the chagrin of the Colonel and his secretery, Freddie (Tom Neal), who is also in love with the lovely Lois. It seems some of the Colonel’s business dealings have been just a little on the shady side since the death of Nora’s father, his business partner. Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard) may have been on the wrong end of one of these shady deals and with all this going on you can guess what happens next.

The interplay between Nick and Nora about their quiet little weekend is a ton of fun. A body in the road and a pool-house fire get things moving quickly in this light and breezy entry in the series. Nat Pendelton is along as Lt. Guild this time and Marjorie Main has a nice turn as a very funny landlady. Muriel Hutchison also has a nice role as Church’s girlfriend, Smitty, in a mystery a little more complicated than you might think.

This time the gathering of suspects, including Don Costello as Diamond Back Vogel, takes place at a birthday party for Nicky Jr. thrown by Nick's old pals. Shemp Howard of Three Stooges fame has a funny role as Whacky, as does Harry Bellaver as Creeps. Otto Kruger is on hand as Assistant D.A. Van Slack when Nick surprises everyone with the killer’s identity.

One of the highlights in a film with many fine moments is a scene at The West Indies Club. Nora learns a little more about Nick’s past there than he would like! This is a fun film to watch, and there is a magic here which can never be duplicated. This is five-star entertainment you don't want to miss.


The most fun and sophisticated series in the history of film continued with Maj. W.S. Van Dyke's 1941 entry, Shadow of the Thin Man. Nick and Nora become involved in yet another murder mystery, and Loy’s Nora is cuter than she’s ever been in this one. Nick is busy in the park reading a fairy tale to Nicky Jr. — which sounds suspiciously like a racing form — and it isn’t long before Nick and "Mummy" are off to the track.

A jockey has just been murdered by the time they arrive with a police escort and it appears to be tied in with a gambling syndicate. Nick does his best to avoid getting roped into real work but when another murder occurs at a wrestling match and a reporter who’s an acquaintance of theirs is fingered for the job, Nick sort of saunters into action. A third murder occurs before Nick can get it all sorted out. A gun hidden in a drain pipe, an expensive bracelet used as payment for blackmail and a ledger worth killing for all play a part in the mystery portion of this one. When Nora gets one of the clues first, a trap is set for the killer. Nora is adorable and she ends up "saving" Nick's life by the time the denouement scene rolls around.

An attractive cast of MGM players which includes a funny turn by Louise Beavers as the Charles’s maid and a very young and pretty Donna Reed as the girlfriend of the accused, make this one easy to watch. Nick gathers the suspects all together as usual, and it’s quite a surprise when he fingers the real killer.

Nick and Asta get dizzy on a carousel in this one, Asta starts a brawl in a restaurant, and there’s a turtle race just adding to the delightful murder mystery fun.


While still keeping the fun and wit of the other films, this entry does has its critics. I am not one of them. Nick goes home to Sycamore Springs and has eased up a bit on his social activities (getting tight) and Nora seems more the traditional wife in this entry. This is normal and in keeping with the story of a wife visiting her in-laws, and the facade.

This one was still a lot of fun and taking issue with such minor nuances is unfair to the film. While perhaps a tick below the others, it was still a rewarding experience. I’m sure this entry is probably the favorite of someone.


Manhattan meets the hip jazz scene in this one as Nick and Nora are involved in solving another delicious murder, with nice touches from Nicky Jr. and, of course, their dog Asta. It begins when Nick and Nora have a night out on the gambling ship, “S. S. Fortune.”

The film opens with a young and stunningly beautiful Gloria Grahame singing “Your Not That Easy to Forget” and only gets better. As Nick and Nora rub shoulders with the elite — and a few of Nicky’s old pals — a chain of events leads to murder. When the chief suspect drops by and asks for Nick’s help, Nick promptly turns him over to the cops for his own safety. An attempt on the young man’s life ruins a bottle Nick had been saving for a special occasion, and as he puts it, “An old friend of mine went completely to pieces.” There’s no way Nick isn’t helping the young man — if for no other reason, that ruined bottle!

There are no shortage of suspects as Nick and Nora start nosing around, aided by a young Keenan Wynn as one of the hip band members. It’s funny as Nora begins to pick up the lingo of Wynn and his jazz friends, who seem to have a language all their own. The victim seemingly had no end of enemies. He was deep in debt to a dangerous gambler, had been cheating on his girlfriend, was running out on a contract for greener pastures, had publicly humiliated Grahame’s former boyfriend Buddy Hollis (Don Taylor), and more. Before it’s over, Nick and Nora will walk in on another murder, and Nick will stage a surprise back on the waters, gathering all the suspects back on the swanky “S. S. Fortune” to trick a killer.

Patricia Morison, Jayne Meadows, Dean Stockwell, Ralph Morgan, William Bishop and Marie Windsor all offer fine support to make this closing chapter in the legendary series one of their best. Some nice family moments (Nick and Nora style) with Asta and Nicky Jr. are put in the mix as well, Nicky Jr. is seemingly a chip of the old block.

The same carefree and fun loving ambiance that was a staple of every entry is here and a good atmospheric mystery to boot. There is nothing shabby in the least about “Song of the Thin Man.” These films set a bar that many have attempted to reach when making a light comedy/mystery. If you happen to get ahold of this complete set somewhere, you even get a bonus disc, Alias Nick and Nora, which is nice to watch.
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Matt_Ransom | 1 outra resenha | Nov 25, 2023 |
A film starring William Powell and Myrna Loy (MGM, 1940).

After a blow on the head, an upstanding citizen remembers he's a conman with amnesia.

C+ (Okay).

It's cute, but feels long. Myrna Loy is barely in it.

(Oct. 2022)
comfypants | 1 outra resenha | Oct 7, 2022 |
The script of After The Thin Man.
The Nick and Nora Charles arrive in San Francisco, to a surprise party at their home. A few minutes later as the door bell rings a man collapses, saying Mees Selma Young, and dies. The man is Pedro Dominges, ex-gardener of Nora Charles' father.
But the Charles pair are invited to her family home, run by her Aunt Katherine Forrest, a formidable character. To be informed that the husband of cousin Selma Landis, nee Forrest, has disappeared. Although the whole family disapprove of Nick's former profession Aunt Katherine wishes him to look for Robert Landis.
With the help of Lt Abrams, Nick investigates.
An enjoyable historical mystery story, a re-read.
… (mais)
Vesper1931 | outras 3 resenhas | Jul 29, 2021 |
A man pretends to be crazy so his wife can't divorce him.

2.5/4 (Okay).

It's delightful when Powell and Loy are in a scene together, but that happens oddly little. Meanwhile the story of Misunderstandings With Serious Consequences induces enough anxiety to mar the fun.

(May 2021)
comfypants | May 9, 2021 |



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Associated Authors

Frances Goodrich Screenwriter, Writer
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Dashiell Hammett Original novel
Anita Loos Screenwriter
Jack Conway Director
Claudine West Screenwriter
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Tay Garnett Director
John Ford Director
Aurania Rouverol Screenwriter
Archie Mayo Director
James Flood Director
Myrna Loy Actor
ASTA Actor
Dashiel Hammett Original book
William Axt Composer
Paul Fix Actor
Lou Lubin Actor.
Irving Brecher Screenwriter
Edgar Rice Burroughs Original story
Cyril Hume Screenwriter
Maurine Dallas Watkins Original story
Tom Dugan Actor



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