A look at several clippings originally published in The Hollywood Reporter (with one exception) between January and May of 1934 that show how closely tied the two MGM classics Manhattan Melodrama and The Thin Man were during production. The clips also provide a timeline for William Powell's move from Warner Bros. to MGM. Dates and page numbers listed below each clipping with apologies as these are full size:
Manhattan Melodrama was released May 4, 1934; The Thin Man released May 25, 1934. Powell's last film under his Warner Bros. contract, The Key, actually arrived after both of them, June 9, 1934.