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Director:
Writers:
Frances Goodrich (screen play) and
Albert Hackett (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
25 December 1936 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Continuing the fun in their NEW hit!
Plot:
Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(9 articles)
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)

User Reviews:
the best of the series by far See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
Bert Howard ... Wrestling Manager's Assistant (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)
Noble "Kid" Chissell ... Nightclub Patron (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)
 
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Runtime:
112 min | Canada:113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Though William Powell and Myrna Loy were very close friends off-screen, their only romantic moments together occurred on-screen. The public, however, was determined to have them married in private life as well. When the two stars showed up in San Francisco (where most of this film was shot) at the St. Francis, the hotel management proudly showed "Mr. and Mrs. Powell" to their deluxe suite. This was an especially uncomfortable moment as Jean Harlow, who was engaged to Powell, was with them, and the couple had not made a public statement about their relationship. Harlow saved the day by insisting on sharing the suite with Loy: "That mix-up brought me one of my most cherished friendships," Loy said in "Being and Becoming", her autobiography. "You would have thought Jean and I were in boarding school we had so much fun. We'd stay up half the night talking and sipping gin, sometimes laughing, sometimes discussing more serious things." Meanwhile, Powell got the hotel's one remaining room - a far humbler accommodation downstairs.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.15" (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
None But the Lonely HeartSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
the best of the series by far, 27 May 2009
Author: kidboots from Australia

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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