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The Arranged Marriage of William Powell and Myrna Loy: How Nick and Nora Didn't Solve the Marriage Problem

by Grimm, Courtney A.

Abstract (Summary)
Within the extensive shared filmography of William Powell and Myrna Loy, the six films of the Thin Man series as well as I Love You Again and Love Crazy depict changes in the social expectations of modern marriage. The marriage of Nick and Nora Charles in the Thin Man series exhibits a subversive answer to the idealized structure of modern marriage. Nick is not the dominant breadwinner, and Nora is not the submissive dependent. Because of change within the marriage dichotomy, the couple is able to enjoy their relationship – until the addition of Nicky Jr. and the couple's inevitable domestication. In I Love You Again and Love Crazy, Powell and Loy explore “the re-marriage genre” – a sub-genre of the screwball comedy that focuses on reclaiming the once-wed couple. Throughout these eight films, the pairing of Powell and Loy depicts changing marital norms while offering a universal truth: domestication is inevitable.
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School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:the thin man wiliam powell myrna loy and nick nora re marriage genre screwball comedy in cinema

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Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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