Nora Charles: funny sassy smart companion and partner to her childlike sleuth ex-detective mate Nick Charles in the Thin Man movies. Husband says I often give him the look captured in the screenshot heading this blog entry and I must agree: indulgent, loving, bemused, waiting out the silliness. Myrna Loy (1905-1993): the gorgeous woman and the exquisite actress who embodied this fabulous character and oh so many pre-Code and post-Code fictional women. And finally Frances Goodrich (1890-1984), the screenwriting team player, woman behind the woman who enchants us, as portrayed by luminous Loy. Goodrich with her husband Albert Hackett co-wrote screenplays that were original and adaptations and classics of their time from The Thin Man (and its Nora, from Dashiell Hammett’s original story) to It’s A Wonderful Life to Garland vehicles such as The Pirate, Easter Parade, and In the Good Old Summertime.
Musings of the morning on some fictional and very real women who created hours of stage and movie entertainment. It’s all about the words on the page. And it’s equally about the little moments of luminous luck: lights on the planes of the face, moments of comic timing, interactive acting chemistry.
To these woman. I salute you.
[For more about Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett see the book with the cover pictured above, The Real Nick and Nora by their nephew David L. Goodrich.]