Eighty years ago, William Powell and Myrna Loy made marriage sexy in this sophisticated whodunit. As Nick and Nora Charles, they presented a witty and decidedly unsentimental view of marital bliss. Nick and Nora are perfect for each other because nobody else would get their sense of humor, nor could anybody else keep up with their inebriated hijinks. Biographers have suggested original author Dashiell Hammett based the couple on his own relationship with longtime companion Lillian Hellman, just throwing in a murder mystery to keep things moving. MGM didn’t have great expectations for the film. They gave director W.S. Van Dyke two weeks to shoot it, but he finished the production in just 12 days, and it would go on to earn $1 million in profits. Powell and Loy’s teamwork was so perfect the studio reunited them for 12 more pictures, 5 of them the continuing adventures of Nick and Nora.
Dir. W.S. Van Dyke