After the Thin Man (1936)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  25 December 1936 (USA)
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Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family.



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Complete credited cast:
Jessie Ralph ...
Aunt Katherine
Alan Marshal ...
Robert (as Alan Marshall)
Teddy Hart ...
Sam Levene ...
Penny Singleton ...
Polly (as Dorothy McNulty)
William Law ...
Lum Kee
George Zucco ...
Dr. Kammer
Mrs. Asta ...


Now back in San Francisco after their holiday in New York, Nick and Nora find themselves trying to solve another mystery. It's New Year's Eve and they are summoned to dinner at Nora's elderly, and very aristocratic, family. There they find that cousin Selma's husband Robert has been missing for three days. Nick reluctantly agrees to look for him but the case takes a twist when Robert is shot and Selma is accused of murder. Several other murders occur but eventually Nick gathers everyone into the same room to reveal the identity of the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

25 December 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Comédia dos Acusados  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The singer in the night club, Polly, is played by Penny Singleton. Singleton starred in one of the longest running franchises in movie history, that famous comic strip...Blondie! On a side note Blondie consisted of 28 films and there are still new stills made for the comic strip and there was a mini series in the 50's. The child actor who played baby dumpling on Blondie also played Nick Jr on Shadow of the Thin Man. See more »


At the Charles' apartment, Asta reaches into the fish bowl for the rock, then a moment later, Nora picks him up and he is completely dry. See more »


Nick Charles: How do you do? I'd like to get this gal out of the woman's tank.
Prison Matron: Oh, yes. Is this the one that was doing the fan dance?
Nick Charles: Fan dance?
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Nick Charles: Well, if it is, she's been holding out on me.
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The Best Thin Man
30 April 2001 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

The first "Thin Man" was great, but I like "After the Thin Man" even better. William Powell and Myrna Loy, as Nick and Nora Charles, are the archetype sophisticated couple. No one since has come close. Great casting of the supporting roles fills out the story exquisitely. Wow, could those old studios serve up wonderful acting for all kinds of characters! My favorite is Aunt Katherine, the battle ax to end all battles axes, played by Jessie Ralph; and Henry, the rickety old butler played by, would you believe, Tom Ricketts.

As usual, the dialog sparkles. And the story is great-- a nice Dashiell Hammett whodunit with a not-too-complicated plot that leads to a surprise ending. The encounter between Nora's family and Nick -- "Poor Nora!" -- is worth the price of admission. I grin every time I think about it.

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