Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)

In this well-known film noir spoof, Steve Martin plays a 1940s private eye who is hired by a beautiful young woman to investigate the death of her father. Filmed entirely in black & white, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid also uses footage from old films featuring many a famous face. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Frech und Verliebt (1945/1948)

A solid romantic comedy from Germany (produced in 1944), whose release was delayed by the approaching end of the war. There are some very strong comedic performances in the major supporting roles, which are stronger than the film as a whole. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)

The fifth entry into The Thin Man franchise differs slightly in tone from the previous films. It is influenced by the war economy and the filmmakers' desire to swap Nick and Nora's lavish cosmopolitan life-syle for that of picturesque small-town America. And that not only means a different setting and life-style, but also a slightly different set of values. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

With the fourth film in the Thin Man franchise, we find ourselves back in San Francisco again. And Nora once again manages to nudge Nick into getting involved in a criminal investigation he actually tried to stay away from. A change in writers leads to a miniscule change in tone, but this film still is unmistakably a typical Thin Man film, and not a bad one at that. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Thin Man (1934)

The Thin Man is one of the most famous combinations of crime story and comedy. Starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as the ultimate detective couple, this highly successful film would be followed by five sequels. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Der Doppelgänger (1934)

A mildly amusing yet unremarkable German comedy. A stubborn female and fear of a suspected crime are at the centre of a comedy of errors that neglects dialogue and delivery as it relies too heavily on situational comedy – which unfortunatley falls a bit flat. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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