One of my favorite murder mysteries/Halloween movies is the Thin Man series. This is partly because of the writing, but mostly the chemistry between William Powell and Myra Loy. They are such a joy to watch as they sparkle dialog at each other while tripping over dead bodies/clues. That Nora is such an equal partner to Nick is a wonderful thing coming from the 1930s, and gives life to hope.
This is my Recast for Purely Fun Purposes:
Nick Charles: John Cho
Could you get any more dapper than John Cho?
Nora Charles: Karen Gillan
Karen is so good at messing with John Cho in Selfie, in that Nick and Nora fashion. Plus, she’s hilarious and ridiculously talented.
Dorothy Wynant: Vanessa Hudgens
As the ingenue of the story, Vanessa fits this bill. She was so good in Powerless, and she does sweet better than anyone.
Guild: Dave Bautista
Okay, so they also look alike to the point it is weird, but that is not why I chose him. I love Drax, and his clueless works for the role of main cop trying to back up the Charles team.
Mimi: Amy Poehler
Mimi be crazy. She is a desperate 1930s woman amped to the edge of comedy, so naturally I thought of Poehler. She would have fun skipping on that edge:)
MacCaulay: Jon Hamm
Evil lawyer man? Bring the Hammer.
Tommy: Sam Riley
Steadfast fiance to Dorothy, Tommy is leading man bland.
Gilbert: Dylan Minnette
I am not familiar with many young young actors, but the youngest and creepiest I am aware of is Dylan.
Chris Jorgenson: Skeet Ulrich
Has everyone seen Riverdale yet? Cause that level of Noir be bangin’. Skeet rocks in it, and could so play Mimi’s kind-of husband.
Julia Wolf: Natasha Leggero
The classic secretary stole Mimi’s rich husband away character. She a tricky dame, and so is Natasha.
Wynant: John Slattery
Wynant is a brilliant scientist that is also kind of a scary dick to people. He redeems himself by how much he cares for his daughter, though. This is the plumest of the non-Nick and Nora roles, and Slattery so deserves it.