Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Johnny Depp is to reunite with Rob Marshall, director of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides for a remake of the classic 1934 comedy The Thin Man, according to the Thompson on Hollywood blog.
Ws Van Dyke's much-loved film, based on Dashiell Hammett's mystery novel, centres on a flirtatious, bantering married couple who work together to solve a mystery. Depp will play Nick Charles, a hard-drinking, droll, retired detective forced back into service by his friend's disappearance and possible involvement in a murder. Top priority for Marshall, also producing with partner John DeLuca, will be securing an A-list actor to portray his witty wife Nora, a wealthy heiress. The pair were played by William Powell and Myrna Loy in the original film.
Every Hollywood studio had its girl-next-door under contract in the 1930s and 40s, a pretty, wholesome, reliable future homemaker, usually a small-town girl from the midwest. The most perfect of them all was Donna Reed, brought up on a farm Iowa, 5ft 7in, brunette and exuding an unaffected purity. She was spotted by an MGM scout in a student show at Los Angeles City College, where she was in secretarial school. The studio changed her name from Donne Belle Mullinger to Donna Reed and cast her in a succession of lightweight films including Shadow of the Thin Man with William Powell and Myrna Loy and Babes on Broadway with Rooney and Garland. By 1944, with the help of the MGM publicity department, a Us battalion in Europe voted her "the girl we'd most like to come home to".
She came into her own as the war
He passed away on Monday in Los Angeles after a series of heart attacks last week (beg10Nov08).
His most notable work included the vaudeville sketches he penned for Milton Berle and comedies he wrote for the Marx Brothers - including a solo credit on 1940 film Go West.
Early in his career, Brecher was an uncredited script doctor on The Wizard of Oz, leading Groucho Marx to call him The Wicked Wit of the West - the title of his autobiography, which is scheduled to hit shelves in January.
His film credits came to include Shadow of the Thin Man in 1941, 1943's Du Barry Was a Lady, starring Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly and Red Skelton, Yolanda and the Thief in 1945, starring Fred Astaire, and 1963 classic Bye Bye Birdie.
Brecher was also nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland.
In addition to the silver screen, Brecher also turned his talents to radio, creating long-running series The Life of Riley - later adapted into a feature film and TV series in 1949.
He is survived by his wife, Norma, and three stepchildren.
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