The Thin Man Question #17 ~ Popularity

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The Thin Man Question #17 ~ Popularity

Unread postby Liz » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:55 pm

Why do you think the book and the subsequent movies were so popular?
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Re: The Thin Man Question #17 ~ Popularity

Unread postby fireflydances » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:38 pm

The times, simply the times.

Frustration with the mean-spirited given of those days, lean to the point of absurd. The book and the movies provide momentary entry into a world where things were glamorous and actually not particularly serious; even getting shot at was a sort of a goof. And they were also rebellious at their core -- absolutely subversive -- fast and loose times, a tone disdainful of those theoretically 'in charge' because, at least from the standpoint of the book, they were just as much on the take and those they attempted to drag to justice. I think they spoke equally to the dark heart of people and to their irrepressible sense that we all deserve to live big, at least part of the time.
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Re: The Thin Man Question #17 ~ Popularity

Unread postby Buster » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:49 pm

I think you're on to something, firefly. The books and movies were entertaining - fast-paced, witty, flippant about the darker side of life. They were fun, and funny without resorting to meanness or stupidity. What's not to like?

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Re: The Thin Man Question #17 ~ Popularity

Unread postby Liz » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:23 pm

I like your theory, Firefly. I think I would enjoy the book and movie also if I lived during those times.
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Re: The Thin Man Question #17 ~ Popularity

Unread postby Boo-Radley » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:47 am

I agree with firefly it gets back to what we have been saying about the need for people during the Great Depression to escape their everyday circumstances. As it's been said before Nick and Nora live a glamorous high-flying life; filled with social intrigue and the occasional murder...shoot that even sounds interesting by today's standards. :lol:

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Re: The Thin Man Question #17 ~ Popularity

Unread postby ladylinn » Thu Mar 08, 2012 5:54 pm

During this time period - people were tired of being depressed about life's struggles and the movies helped to lift their spirits - if even for a short while. I know some movies try to give a moral or deep meaning to the viewers - but sometimes we just need to relax and laugh and enjoy. :heart2:

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Unread postby nebraska » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:43 am

ladylinn wrote:During this time period - people were tired of being depressed about life's struggles and the movies helped to lift their spirits - if even for a short while. I know some movies try to give a moral or deep meaning to the viewers - but sometimes we just need to relax and laugh and enjoy. :heart2:

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Re: The Thin Man Question #17 ~ Popularity

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:34 pm

A great escape indeed. Heck we still enjoy that sort of thing and probably always have. Look at tv shows like Dallas, etc. People never seem to get tired of watching the dysfunctional rich folk. :lol:
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