The Thin Man Speaks ( Dashiell Hammett )

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Nick Charles: I’m a hero. I was shot twice in the Tribune.
Nora Charles: I read where you were shot 5 times in the tabloids.
Nick Charles: It’s not true. He didn’t come anywhere near my tabloids.

The Thin Man – 1934


Nick Charles: Now my friends, if I may propose a little toast. Let us eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.
Nora Charles: You give such charming parties, Mr. Charles.
Nick Charles: Thank you, Mrs. Charles.

The Thin Man – 1934


Nora Charles: Take care of yourself
Nick Charles: Why, sure I will.
Nora Charles: Don’t say it like that! Say it as if you meant it!
Nick Charles: Well, I do believe the little woman cares.
Nora Charles: I don’t care! It’s just that I’m used to you, that’s all.”

The Thin Man


Tommy: Say, I’m getting out of here.
Nick Charles: No, you stay here.
Tommy: If I stay, I know I’m gonna take a poke at him.
Nick Charles: Then I insist that you stay.”

The Thin Man


Nora Charles: Just imagine, four murders, all strangulations, no fingerprints, no clues. The police were baffled. All they had were four bodies. So what do they do? They dump the whole thing in Nick’s lap. Nobody suspected Stinky, because he’s been a cripple ever since some nitro went off while he was cracking a canister in Salt Lake. Everybody thought it was Rainbow Benny, but Nick knew that Rainbow was an expert with the shiv. Strangling was out of his line! Oh, smart Nick! Then they turned the heat on Slasher Martin who ran an dice joint down in China Town. But Slasher had an alibi with Squinty Burke and Studsy Green, so that took care of him. But all the time Nick was certain that Stinky Davis was the killer. Why? Because he had him pegged right away for a two timing double crossing rat! But the police listen to Nick? No! They told him it was a hophead theory, wild as loco buttons, because Stinky was a cripple and couldn’t navigate. So Nick got the brushoff from the police. They cold-shouldered him right out. But did that stop him? No sir! He knew the case was hot and he was all set to start cooking on the front burner. He said: “Stinky, you’re the two timing double crossing rat who strangled Knobs McClure and Reesy Joe and Horseface Dan and Denver Mike and then he turned his back on him. And the trick worked! Because Stinky got out of his chair and tried to strangle Nick with a piece of wire he had hidden in his mouth. But just in time, Nick turned around and gave him the old one-two and knocked Stinky colder than an ice flounder. Stinky wasn’t a cripple at all! He was just using it to cover up his crimes. Now, what do you think of *that*?”


A feast for the ears!


” Standing with her toes sinking into sand she closed her eyes as the foamy water washed away the  blood from her ankles. “

Have a beach filled week!


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