This is only the first of a series of films starring William Powell as Nick Charles, a San Francisco detective, and Myrna Loy as Nora Charles, his wealthy, socialite wife. All of them are based on the Dashiell Hammett novels of the same names.
Witty, sharp, funny: Loy and Powell are the most charming and sophisticated newlyweds one can imagine. If you’ve never seen this series, don’t waste any time.
The mysteries are quite good as well, with a cast of supporting characters–usually played by interesting character actors and future stars (Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O’Sullivan, for instance). The design is first-rate as well, if you love that stuff (and I do!)–costumes, interiors, cars, and even cocktails.
And who doesn’t love Asta?
Interestingly, this film was shot in 12 days: who would guess?