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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 greatest movie marriage 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)
Noble 'Kid' Chissel ... 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)
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)
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)
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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)

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Trivia:
Often referred to as the best of the Thin Man sequels.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Nick and Abrams go to the hotel looking for Polly's brother, the desk clerk tells them he is in room 212. However, when we see them open the door to the room, the number on the door is 221.See more »
Quotes:
Nick Charles:Let's get something to eat, I'm thirsty.See more »
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Smoke DreamsSee more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The greatest movie marriage, 12 July 2005
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

In this first sequel to the celebrated film "The Thin Man", detective Nick Charles, (Powell) his socialite wife Nora (Loy) and their beloved terrier Asta are on their way home to San Francisco after a long trip. Shortly after they arrive, Nora is invited to her wealthy aunt's house for dinner where she is told by her cousin Selma (Landi) that her husband Robert has run off (again) and she needs Nick to find him. When Nick and Nora find Robert at a local nightclub that very evening, they soon discover that he is wrapped up in a situation with some shady people; he is soliciting David (a really young Stewart), an ex-beau of Selma's who is still in love with her, for $25,000. In exchange for this $25,000 he will leave Selma's life forever, will run off with his girlfriend, a singer at the nightclub, and David can then step in. The plan promptly goes sour when Robert is shot and killed, leaving five suspects in his murder, including Selma herself. It is up to Nick and Nora to help the police solve the crime and clear Selma's name.

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Thin Man", and was absolutely charmed and delighted with this sequel. Nick and Nora Charles absolutely have to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest on screen couples in film history. Certainly, they take a back seat to the better known Hepburn/Tracy, Gable/Leigh, hell, even Curtis/Lemmon. But while the story itself in "After the Thin Man" was good, and strong enough to stand on its own merit, but the film itself is great because of Powell and Loy. Myrna Loy, one of my favorite classic film actresses, made a career out of being the non-plussed wife or object of affection to varying degrees of spastic leading men. (Particularly Cary Grant in "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" and "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer", both films I would definitely recommend.) Loy's straight-faced elegance is perfection as Nora Charles, a young and beautiful wealthy socialite who married Nick, a detective from the wrong side of the tracks who loves liquor and ribald humor. Powell is hilarious and charming as Nick, and they own the characters so thoroughly, I can't fathom anyone else playing those roles.

Much is made of "chemistry", and the chemistry between our two main characters is electric. The material they had to work with certainly helped in the success of this film. Hammett's story works as a good base, with Goodrich & Hackett punching up the script. Toward the beginning of the film, there is a scene where Nick and Nora are returning to their San Francisco mansion, completely exhausted and pledging to sleep for a month. When they open their door, however, they find their house filled with a couple of hundred people; apparently, friends of theirs were throwing them a surprise welcome home party, only no one there recognizes them as the guests of honor, so they non-chalantly begin to dance with everyone else until they are finally noticed by their servants. Describing the situation doesn't do it justice, but it is just one example of the many charming scenes contained in this film. "After the Thin Man" also has some hilarious lines, and while a lot of the appeal is in the delivery, dialogue like a scene between Nick and Nora, who are waiting to be let in to her aunt's house, (Nick and her aunt have a mutual dislike for one another) when Nora asks, "What ARE you muttering to yourself?" Nick replies, "I'm just trying to get all of the bad words out of my mind." And then later, when reintroducing her husband to her aunt, Nora says, "You remember my husband, Nick…" her aunt replies with "Hello, NicholASS." (And proceeds to call him that the entire film.) Even Asta has a subplot in this film; when they arrive home in the beginning of the film, he runs back to the kennel to see Mrs. Asta. Apparently Mrs. Asta has had a litter of puppies, and when they all come out black and white (with one fully black one) even though the Astas are fully white, he finds out that the culprit is a black dog from down the street. The two scenes involving this little side story are truly funny and fitting of a dog that has reached iconic status. (At least in the crossword puzzle world – his name is a clue in at least one crossword puzzle I do a week!) "After the Thin Man" has some corny moments, but they are few and so minor compared to the relative greatness of the rest of the film, that I don't think I could truly single them out easily. (At least not with seeming needlessly picky) I would truly recommend this film series to anyone who enjoys classic films – I so thoroughly enjoyed this film that I plan to check out the rest of the sequels in the near future. The snappy & clever dialogue, great performances and good story truly make "After the Thin Man" a worthy sequel to its great predecessor. 8/10 --Shelly

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