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Penny Singleton

Born on this day in 1908, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, actress Penny Singleton. Singleton had an impressive career, starring in features with Myrna Loy, Milton Berle and Jack Benny. Her biggest success, however, came with her portrayal on the comic strip character Blondie Bumstead, in 28 films with Arthur Lake.

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Myrna Loy

Born on this day in 1905, in Helena, Montana, actress Myrna Loy. She played the beauty with brains opposite William Powell in the now-classic Thin Man film series. She had a lengthy career, which began in 1925, and ran until 1991, when she won an honorary Academy Award.

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William Powell

Born on this day in 1892, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actor William Powell. Though Powell had a long career, he is best-remembered as playing sleuth Nick Charles, opposite Myrna Loy, in The Thin Man movies.

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Gloria DeHaven

Born on this day in 1953, in Los Angeles, California, actress Gloria DeHaven. DeHaven appeared with Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times (1936), with Frank Sinatra in Step Lively (1944), and opposite Myrna Loy and William Powell in The Thin Man Goes Home (1944).

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The Thin Man on Blu-ray

It’s hard to believe that it’s taken Warner Brothers so long to release The Thin Man on Blu-ray. So many of the studio’s classic titles are still unavailable in the format, even though they’ve gone through at least one digital restoration over the years.

As a fan of The Thin Man series, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, I’ve been watching this title on DVD for years. The improvement in picture quality over the DVD is absolutely stunning. The opening scene, set on a snowy day, is so improved that it almost looks as if you could reach out and touch the falling snow, and all scratches and imperfections have been dutifully removed from the original celluloid.

Myrna Loy, Asta & William Powell

For those unfamiliar with the series, Powell and Loy play Nick and Nora Charles, a detecting couple so well-to-do that they seem to get involved in solving murders as a distraction from their humdrum, blue-blood life. Powell and Loy are the very definition of magic on screen, playing off each other as if they actually are a married couple. Astute fans are also able to spot instances where their chemistry resulted in improvised dialog and reactions that make them even more lovable.

With a supporting cast that includes Maureen O’Sullivan and reliable character actor Nat Pendleton, this film noir comedy is one of the very best. Hopefully, Warner Brothers will see fit to release the following four Thin Man movies in the series on Blu-ray. We’ve waited long enough!

D.P.

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Patric Knowles & Erol Flynn

Knowles (L) and Flynn (R)

Golden-era actor Patric Knowles had more than a passing resemblance to Warner Bros. Studio star Erol Flynn. The two were friends in real life, and made four films together; Charge Of The Light Brigade in 1936, and Robin Hood, Four’s A Crowd and The Sisters, all in 1938. 

While he was probably often thought of as Warner’s  B-movie Erol Flynn, he starred in numerous A-list movies, alongside Bette Davis, Abbott & Costello, William Powell, Myrna Loy, and Lucille Ball, to name a few. 

Knowles with Olivia De Havilland & Flynn.