There have been many memorable screen partnerships over the years: Tracy and Hepburn, Hope and Crosby, Astaire and Rogers etc, but none have come close to William Powell and Myrna Loy. Paired in 14 films together, their most memorable characters were Nick and Nora Charles in the Thin Man films.
Private Detective Nick(Powell)and his elegant wife, Nora(Loy)are two of the most memorable characters of the classic film era. The pair drink ridiculous amounts alcohol, make it seem fun, and never seem to get drunk from doing so! What I love most about them, is that they love each other so much, and are not only husband and wife, but best friends too. You know that if anything happened to one of them, that the other would be devastated. Along with their adorable dog Asta, the pair solve crimes and get into various scrapes.
Powell and Loy make these characters so loveable, and so real, we feel like we know these characters and they come across as people you’d love to be friends with. The incredible chemistry they share helps make the love story believable. Good friends off screen, Powell and Loy really do seem like a real couple, so at ease with one another and seeming to genuinely (more than acting)care for one another.
Powell is clearly having great fun playing the laid back Nick, and I think he delivers some of his best performances in The Thin Man films. Loy is enchanting as the tough, elegant Nora who is always up for sharing her husbands cases.
Join me, as I raise a flute of champagne to salute Nick and Nora Charles!