Thoughts on the Thin Man – The Book!

Hey, if you enjoy these posts in website form, you will also enjoy if one pops up in book form, along with a bunch of other essays by other bloggers from around the interwebs! What I mean is an essay by yours truly appears in the book Thoughts On The Thin Man: Essays on the Delightful Detective Work of Nick and Nora Charles, which was organized and edited by Danny at! The book is available in both ebook and printed format, and if you buy the paperback, you also get the Kindle version for free. All proceeds from the book go to the ASPCA. You like animals, right? Prove it by buying a copy of the book!

I’m a huge fan of the Thin Man series, it’s one of the first series I tracked down all the entries in when I started becoming heavy into film, and has become a nostalgia-fueled trip every time I return to watch some of them. Not only is there an essay by me in the book, but I’ll also have reviews of all six Thin Man features popping up on TarsTarkas.NET in the very quick future. But more on the book:

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?

Thoughts on the Thin Man

I’m helpfully listed via the pen name Tars Tarkas, and here is a full list of contributors and links to their sites and all that fancy jazz:

More on Thoughts on the Thin Man at

Once again, the link to buy the book is here, and this is the Kindle link. Buy buy buy!!!

(All Amazon links in this post are referrals)

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