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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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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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Continuing the fun in their NEW hit!

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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The nightclub featured in the film was loosely modeled on the famous Forbidden City, a popular San Francisco night spot from the late 1930s through the 1950s. See more »

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As Nick shines his pen-light on the names outside the apartment building, the light falling on the wall is out of sync with his movements. See more »

Quotes

Nora Charles: I suppose we ought to decide where we're going.
Nick Charles: Why, do you care?
Nora Charles: No, but I haven't any clothes.
Nick Charles: Well, what's the difference? Saves you the trouble of packing. And I don't need anything in the world, darling, but you... and a toothbrush.
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Referenced in Hollywood - The Second Step (1936) See more »

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None But the Lonely Heart
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Excerpt played on piano by Elissa Landi
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the best of the series by far
27 May 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Elissa Landi was one of Hollywood's most interesting failures. She was an English actress who came to Hollywood in a flurry of publicity. She was just so superior in every way, so well read and an aristocrat by birth - no wonder the average movie goer didn't warm to her. But she was very beautiful and had already proved herself capable in some English films. By the time "After the Thin Man" came along (her friend Myrna Loy had recommended her for the role) her career was almost over, as Hollywood had already discovered Madeline Carroll. I thought she was quite emotive in her role as Selma, Nora's cousin, who feels she is being driven insane.

After solving the "Thin Man" case, Nick Charles is a celebrity, but Nora is determined that from now on they will lead a quiet life. During a rowdy New Year's Eve, Nora's cousin, Selma calls in a hysterical state. Her husband, Robert (Alan Marshall) is missing and she fears he is with another woman. An extremely youthful James Stewart plays David, who has always carried a torch for Selma. Vibrant Dorothy McNulty gives a spirited version of "Blow That Horn" - she even does a tap dance!!! Later she sings the beautiful "Smoke Dreams". She played the role of Flo in the 1930 version of "Good News" and specialised in an acrobatic style of dancing that was very exciting to watch. Soon after this film she changed her name to Penny Singleton, became a blonde and originated the role of "Blondie" for which she is remembered. She plays Polly, the girl who is having an affair with Robert. They are planning to run away together on the $25,000 he hopes to get from David who offered the money to keep him away from Selma. When Robert is murdered there are many suspects, foremost among them Selma, who has followed him into the fog with a gun!!!

This is by far the best of the series (in my opinion). There are too many funny bits of business between Nick and Nora to mention. Apart from James Stewart and Dorothy McNulty, there is George Zucco giving his sinister best to the tiny part of Doctor Kammer and Sam Levene is wonderful as the harassed Inspector Abrams. As well Jessie Ralph is fantastic as dastardly Aunt Katherine, if you can't remember her, she was the wonderfully kind and comforting Peggotty in "David Copperfield". Also whoever played that wonderful, doddering butler - "Walk this way sir" - "I'll try"!!!!

Highly Recommended.


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