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Movie Quote of the Day – Forsaking All Others, 1934 (dir. W.S. Van Dyke)


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Eleanor: Oh, I’m so tired of being a bridesmaid. I’d like to get married so I could wear a decent hat.
Shempy: That’s the best reason for getting married I ever heard.

 

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Movie Quote of the Day – I Take This Woman, 1940 (dir. W.S. Van Dyke)


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Patient: Is that your wife, Doc?
Dr. Karl Decker: Mmm-hmm.
Patient: How’d you get her? Dope her?

Movie Quote of the Day – Personal Property, 1937 (dir. W.S. Van Dyke )


Raymond Dabney: Your face seems strangely familiar to me.
Crystal Wetherby: So do your manners.

Oscar Vault Monday – The Thin Man, 1934 (dir. W. S. Van Dyke)


I first saw The Thin Man late on a Saturday night on PBS when I was in high school. I caught it from the very beginning (rare when you’re flipping through the channels!) and I fell in love. That PBS station then showed the film’s sequels every subsequent Saturday. It was a magical six weeks. I still wish I owned The Thin Man DVD collection. William Powell and Myrna Loy made 14 films together including 1936’s Libeled Lady with Spencer Tracy and Jean Harlow. Powell and Loy have some of the best on-screen chemistry ever captured on film (hence their being paired together so many times), but nothing beats the work they did together as Nick and Nora Charles in The Thin Man. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, though it didn’t win any: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor William Powell, Best Director and Best Picture. The other films nominated for Best Picture that year were The Barretts of Wimpole StreetCleopatraFlirtation WalkThe Gay DivorceeHere Comes the NavyThe House of RothschildImitation of LifeOne Night of LoveViva Villa!, The White Parade and winner It Happened One Night. As you can see, there were TWELVE Best Picture nominees. Oddly enough, there were only three Best Actor nominees that year, four Best Actress nominees (Bette Davis was the fourth, a write-in) and three Best Director nominees (Van Dyke, Victor Schertzinger for One Night of Love and winner Frank Capra for It Happened One Night).

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Thin Man, 1934 (dir. W.S. Van Dyke)


Nora Charles: How many drinks have you had?
Nick Charles: This will make six Martinis.
Nora Charles: [to the waiter] All right. Will you bring me five more Martinis, Leo? Line them right up here.