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After the Thin Man -- It's New Year's Eve, Nick and Nora Charles have returned to the West Coast, and the philandering hubby of Nora's cousin has gone missing.


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Frances Goodrich (screen play) and
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Release Date:
25 December 1936 (USA) See more »
Mr. and Mrs. Thin Man Are Back In Their New Hit See more »
Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Johnny Depp / The Thin Man: Budget Too Fat?
 (From Alt Film Guide. 21 June 2012, 11:27 PM, PDT)

Myrna Loy: Never Oscar Nominated
 (From Alt Film Guide. 12 March 2012, 3:19 PM, PDT)

DVD Release: The Count of Monte Cristo (1934)
 (From Disc Dish. 11 November 2011, 10:32 AM, PST)

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"Come on, let's get something to eat. I'm thirsty." See more (59 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Powell ... Nick Charles

Myrna Loy ... Nora

James Stewart ... David

Elissa Landi ... Selma

Joseph Calleia ... 'Dancer'
Jessie Ralph ... Aunt Katherine
Alan Marshal ... Robert (as Alan Marshall)
Teddy Hart ... Casper
Sam Levene ... Abrams
Penny Singleton ... Polly (as Dorothy McNulty)
William Law ... Lum Kee
George Zucco ... Dr. Kammer

Paul Fix ... Phil

Asta ... Asta
Mrs. Asta ... Mrs. Asta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Adair ... Escort of Sexy Blonde (uncredited)
Eadie Adams ... Singer at Welcome Home Party (uncredited)
Ernie Alexander ... Filing Clerk in Morgue (uncredited)
Eddie Allen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Murray Alper ... The Kid (uncredited)
Charles Arnt ... Drunk Greeting Nick and Nora at Party (uncredited)
Will Aubrey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Vince Barnett ... Wrestling Manager at Party (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Blond Young Man Who Approaches Car (uncredited)
James Blaine ... San Francisco Policeman (uncredited)
Jimmy Blair ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jimmy Brewster ... Thug with Joe at Nick's Table (uncredited)
Donald Briggs ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Burton Forrest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
William Burress ... Cousin Lucius (uncredited)
Joe Caits ... Joe (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Man Reading Newspaper (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Phyllis Coghlan ... The Charles' Maid Who First Recognizes Them (uncredited)
Irene Coleman ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Trainman Seeing Nick Kiss Nora (uncredited)
Baldwin Cooke ... Photographer (uncredited)
Edith Craig ... Girl with Fireman at Party (uncredited)
Richard Cramer ... Iceman at Party (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Bartender (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Bill (uncredited)
Cecil Elliott ... Servant (uncredited)
Frank Fanning ... Warden (uncredited)
Chester Gan ... Chinese Waiter (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Rose (uncredited)
Maude Turner Gordon ... Cousin Helen (uncredited)
William Gould ... Detective (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Newspaper Distributor (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Red Cap (uncredited)
Jack Grey ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Policeman at Party (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Butcher Boy (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Photographer (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Thug with Joe at Nick's Table (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... First News Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins ... Screwy (uncredited)
Arthur Housman ... Man Rehearsing Welcome Speech (uncredited)
Ethel Jackson ... Girl with Fireman (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Harold the Chauffer (uncredited)
Edith Kingdon ... Aunt Hattie (uncredited)
Clarence Kolb ... Cousin Lucius (uncredited)
Jean Laverty ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Hal Le Sueur ... Polly's Admirer (uncredited)
Harry Leroy ... Man in the Mob (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Bert Lindley ... Station Agent (uncredited)
Richard Loo ... Lichee Club Headwaiter (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom McGuire ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... New Year's Partygoer (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Cop (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sue Moore ... Sexy Blonde (uncredited)
Kewpie Morgan ... Boyfriend of Girl Standing on Hands (uncredited)
Bob Murphy ... Detective Arresting Nora and David (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Reporter (uncredited)
Paddy O'Flynn ... Singing Guest (uncredited)
Frank Otto ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Man Standing on Hands (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Flop House Proprietor (uncredited)
Joe Phillips ... Willie the Weeper (uncredited)
Thomas Pogue ... Uncle Willie (uncredited)
Richard Powell ... Surprised Policeman Who Shot at Mirror (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Photographer (uncredited)
George Reed ... Dudley (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Henry the Butler (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jeanie Roberts ... Girl Working with Jerry (uncredited)
Claire Rochelle ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Wrestler at Party (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... San Francisco Detective (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bert Scott ... Man at Piano (uncredited)
Marion Sheldon ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Alice H. Smith ... Cousin Emily (uncredited)
Jane Talent ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Eddie (uncredited)
Zeffie Tilbury ... Aunt Lucy (uncredited)
Edith Trivers ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Ballistics Man (uncredited)
Harry Tyler ... Fingers (uncredited)
Guy Usher ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Detective Asked to Check On It (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Charlotte (uncredited)
Lucille Ward ... Prison Matron (uncredited)
Bobby Watson ... Leader of Late Crowd (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Fireman at Party (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Peter - Nick's Butler (uncredited)
William Worthington ... 'Respectable' Man in Car (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke 
Writing credits
Frances Goodrich (screen play) and
Albert Hackett (screen play)

Dashiell Hammett (from the story by)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Edward Ward 
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry McAfee .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Croninworth .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Seymour Felix .... dance stager
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
112 min | Canada:113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | UK:U (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2889) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The sixth of fourteen films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy.See more »
Continuity: When Nick is being mobbed by the reporters after getting off the train, the reporter talking to him stumbles and has to step over Asta's dog leash. Immediately after that he is shown standing behind Nick's arm and the leash.See more »
'Dancer', Lichee Club Owner:Once a gumheel, always a gumheel, huh? Well, I don't like gumheels, but I thought you'd quit it when you married a pot of money.
Nora Charles:Did he call me a pot?
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
"Come on, let's get something to eat. I'm thirsty.", 23 May 2007
Author: ackstasis from Australia

Some weeks ago I expressed my absolute enthusiasm for 'The Thin Man (1934),' a delightfully humorous murder mystery/comedy classic, starring the inimitable comedic marriage of William Powell and Myrna Loy as husband-and-wife detectives Nick and Nora Charles. This original film, after a solid box-office run and four Academy Award nominations, spawned a respectable five sequels, and a radio and television series. 'After the Thin Man' is the first of these sequels, released in 1936.

As the original trailer for the film proudly proclaims, 'After the Thin Man' brought back the three writers of the original hit (Dashiell Hammett, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett), the same director (W.S. Van Dyke) and, of course, the three huge film stars in Powell, Loy and, of course, Asta the dog (the wire-haired terrier whose birth-name was Skippy). True to its promise, the film is every bit as witty, hilarious and suspenseful as its predecessor, masterfully melding Nick and Nora's playful banter with another twisted mystery of love, betrayal, blackmail and murder. And look out for a memorable supporting performance from a young James Stewart, who was yet to hit it big with the likes of Frank Capra and Alfred Hitchcock.

The sequel takes place just a day or two after where 'The Thin Man' left off, as Nick and Nora prepare to depart from the train that brought them back home to San Francisco. Like the original film, the actually murder mystery is quite a messy one, though the writers have luckily decided to tone down, just slightly, the number of interwoven threads this time around. With nothing in mind but sleeping for a month, our favourite detective couple are surprised to walk into a welcome-home party held by people they don't even know, before they are invited to Nora's Aunt Katherine's (Jessie Ralph) house for dinner. Whilst there, Nora's cousin Selma (Elissa Landi) reveals that her husband, Robert (Alan Marshal), has been missing for three days.

The filmmakers have, once again, managed to round up a terrific cast to complement the talents of its two sparkling leads. I particularly enjoyed the contribution of Jessie Ralph as Aunt Katherine, who absolutely detests Nick and addresses him as "Nich-o-larse!" Nick's obsession with alcohol also continues, though he maintains his uncanny ability to switch painlessly between a drunken stupor and completely alert sobriety. The good-natured inter-marital sledging that made the original film so enjoyable still carries a razor-sharp wit, and, in one hilarious sequence, Nick even goes as far as pretending not to recognise his wife so she can be temporarily detained in a jail cell.

'After the Thin Man' is one of those very rare occasions when a sequel is good enough to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with its predecessor. A mixture of clever writing, talented directing and an infectious chemistry between the cast members worked to ensure that the partnership between Nick and Nora Charles would be a prolonged one.

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