The Thin Man Goes Home – Nick Charles’ Houndstooth Sportcoat

As noted by the BAMF:  William Powell’s (1892-1984) birthday today…

BAMF Style

William Powell as Nick Charles in The Thin Man Goes Home (1945). William Powell as Nick Charles in The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).

Vitals

William Powell as Nick Charles, retired private detective

Sycamore Springs, Summer 1944

Background

Although it isn’t one of the better films in the Thin Man series, The Thin Man Goes Home offers us a glimpse of Nick Charles’ pre-detective home life in “Sycamore Springs”, an idyllic small town somewhere in New England, in an attempt to ground the man we’d before known only as a wise-cracking, hard-drinking urbanite.

The Thin Man Goes Home, released in early 1945 when the world was still at war, was the fifth in the six-film series that had rapidly began losing momentum. After a strong start, each movie progressively lost the trademark wit of the original, replacing it with family-friendly hijinks and – most notably – less booze. Nick Charles’ shady Greek origins (the family’s original surname was Charalambides in Hammett’s novel)…

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