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Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed  -  Comedy | Mystery | Drama  -  17 November 1939 (USA)
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An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in Nick and Nora (with new baby) to sort things out.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Virginia Grey ...
Lois
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Van Slack
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Colonel MacFay
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Dorothy Waters
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Dudley Horn
Tom Neal ...
Freddie
Phyllis Gordon ...
Mrs. Bellam
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Phil Church
Don Costello ...
'Diamond Back' Vogel
Harry Bellaver ...
'Creeps'
William A. Poulsen ...
Nickie Jr.
Muriel Hutchison ...
Smitty
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Storyline

In this adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's "The Farewell Murder", Nick and Nora (and their dog Asta) visit the estate of Col. MacFay, who is being threatened by a mysterious man wanting revenge for a past injustice. When MacFay is murdered, that man is the obvious suspect- maybe too obvious... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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murder | dog | baby | revenge | death | See All (73) »

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Their Merriest Hit! Mr. and Mrs. Thin Man Have a B-A-B-Y! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Thin Man  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Colonel's car has "New York World's Fair" license plates. The Fair took place in 1939, the same year the film was released. See more »

Goofs

When baby Nickie is crawling on Nick as he sleeps, Nick is on his back. When the shot changes angles and Nora picks up baby Nickie, Nick is rolling onto his back from his left side. See more »

Quotes

Nora Charles: [Reading phone messages] Here's another one of those "Call Long Island Operator #15." Don't you think you ought to call her?
Nick Charles: Certainly not; she knows better than that! I told her I was bringing the wife along this time.
Nora Charles: I don't know why I always take it for granted that you're kidding.
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Connections

Featured in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Adios Muchachos (I Get Ideas)
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Julio C. Sanders
Lyrics by César Felipe Vedani
Played by the band at the West Indies Club
Danced by Myrna Loy and Rafael Storm and other couples
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Not bad, but too many plot elements smother the comedy...
6 November 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This third entry in the series was the last to be based on the Dashiell Hammet stories. It starts out interestingly enough, with Nick and Nora asked to spend some time with C. AUBREY SMITH who's been receiving death threats from a gangster (SHELDON LEONARD). So far, so good. RUTH HUSSEY is the nanny for the newborn Nick, Jr. and we immediately think she knows more than she says about the events that follow.

When Smith is murdered, Nick and Nora have to solve another crime, going about it with more sobriety than usual. Among the many suspects are OTTO KRUGER, VIRGINIA GREY, TOM NEAL, PATRIC KNOWLES, MARJORIE MAIN and, of course, SHELDON LEONARD.

The formula is set, the ingredients are there, and if you love Powell and Loy in their Nick/Nora guise, you'll no doubt enjoy this one. The plot is no more convoluted than usual, but the main pleasure is enjoying the chemistry and wit of two of the screen's favorite sleuths.


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