The Thin Man

1934 NR 1h 31m DVD

The Thin Man

1934 NR 1h 31m DVD
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The first installment of one of the most successful detective serials in film history introduces stylish sleuthing spouses Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy), who -- between martinis -- investigate the disappearance of a wealthy inventor. Powell and Loy's quick-witted repartee in their crackling debut set a Hollywood tradition, but the film's rapid-fire mystery plot still delights modern viewers.
William Powell, Myrna Loy, Maureen O'Sullivan, Nat Pendleton, Minna Gombell, Porter Hall, Henry Wadsworth, William Henry, Harold Huber, Cesar Romero, Natalie Moorhead, Edward Brophy, Edward Ellis
W.S. Van Dyke
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic Hollywood screwball comedy/murder story from 1934 includes free-flowing hard liquor -- characters drink a great deal, with very few realistic consequences (only one hangover). Three dead bodies are involved in this murder story, and several guns are brandished and fired, though there's no gore or blood. The lead characters are married and occasionally pass some playful innuendo back and forth. Given that the movie is about grown-ups in grown-up relationships, some kids or teens may not be interested, but if they relent, they'll probably enjoy it. (Plus, there is a cute dog.)

Sexual Content

Some very mild sexual innuendo, more playful than anything else. The married couple likes to lovingly tease one another. We see some kissing. There's some vague discussion of couples cheating on one another, plus a quick image of a man ogling a "sexy" magazine ad.


This murder mystery has three deaths as part of its plot. Guns are brandished and fired, and there are gunshot wounds (no blood). In one scene a woman hurls a cooking pot at a man's head. Additionally, there is punching, slapping, and fighting (women are slapped), plus arguing and threats.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Most of the movie is focused on having a good time, but some good ideas can be found buried inside. Over the course of the movie, Nick learns that doing detective work, solving problems, and helping others is perhaps more satisfying than drinking and being lazy. Dorothy learns not to jump to conclusions about her father. And Nora encourages her husband to help others, while at the same time learning to tolerate the more "uncouth" aspects of his job.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The main characters -- especially Nick -- are almost constantly drinking hard liquor (rye whisky and gin). There are many jokes about wanting another drink. Nick sometimes acts a bit loose and slurs his words a bit, but he rarely seems to have any difficulty with his drinking, and he stops for the final stretch of the movie (when he's solving the murder). Nora appears once with a hangover. Minor characters are seen smoking a few times.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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