The Thin Man is a 1934 American pre-Code comedy-mystery directed by W. S. Van Dyke and based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett. The film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a leisure-class couple who enjoy copious drinking and flirtatious banter. Nick is a retired private detective who left his very successful career when he married Nora, a wealthy heiress accustomed to high society. Their wire-haired fox terrier Asta was played by canine actor Skippy. In 1997, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry having been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."


Dorothy Wynant discusses with her father Clyde about her upcoming wedding. She discusses the fact with her father that her fiance knows all about her family yet still wants to marry her. Later, her father discovers that his $50,000 bonds are missing. They were supposed to be a wedding present for his daughter. They were left in his safe. The only other person who knows the combination of the safe would be his secretary, Julia. He confronts Julia about his missing bonds. She confesses that she cashed them in and has only $25,000 left. He threatens to call the police unless she comes up with the rest of the $25,000.