Year 46

1933: The Thin Man

Author: Dashiell Hammett

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The blend of hard-boiled detective fiction and screwball comedy of The Thin Man seemed like a perfect representative for 1933.

Dashiell Hammet’s The Thin Man was his last novel. Hammet, along with Raymond Chandler, was one of the pioneers of the hard-boiled detective novel which has so influenced American popular culture. The Thin Man was a bit of a departure, in its relative lightness, but some of the essential hard-boiled characteristics remain.

The Thin Man was adapted as a film in 1934, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, whose chemistry and capacity to improvise irreverently  were so popular that the single novel led to a half dozen movies altogether, made throughout the 30’s and 40’s.

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