Friday, December 30th, 2005
11:02 am - More Fun with Nick and Nora  
It's a lovely, sunny day, a nice change after the torrents of rain that fell yesterday. I may have to venture outside later.

Come on, let's get something to eat. I'm thirsty. -- Nick Charles

Watched After the Thin Man last night, which picks up a couple of days after The Thin Man ends. There's a very young James Stewart along for the ride in this one, and it's interesting to watch how much better of an actor he is than the rest of the supporting cast (or, at least, how different his style is). I figured out whodunnit before Nick did, mostly because the camera work telegraphs the fact that an odd non sequitur is actually the key clue. I didn't especially buy the motive, and I'm not sure the chain of events for the first murder as shown would actually allow it, which is my main quibble. Another quibble is that Stewart's character obstructs justice, and admits it to the police early on, but the police don't seem to care. Then there's the original murder plot, which seems like something Wile E. Coyote would think of. And nobody seems to know whether they're right-handed or left-handed. Nick holds his gun left-handed, but uses telephones with either hand. Nora's cousin, the prime suspect, picks up a gun with her right hand, shoves it in her right pocket, but later holds it in her left hand. There's even a bit of oddball trivia, in that the chanteuse is played by Penny Singleton, who would later go on to be the voice of Jane Jetson.

It's all good fun. Asta gets his own plot line, there's an interesting group of characters, and Nick and Nora are the best couple ever. What could be better?

I've also watched all of Wonderfalls and the complete Jeeves and Wooster, and it occurs to me that they are quite alike. They both have rudderless lead characters, and puzzle piece plots that rely upon the lead character being directed into courses of action that make them look foolish in the effort to accomplish much good for everyone else.

You can't be a successful dictator *and* design women's underclothing. -- Bertie Wooster
 
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