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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 more »

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Release Date:

17 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Return of the Thin Man  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The elegant car that Nick and Nora ride out to Col. MacFay's estate in is a 1935 Lincoln. These were an expensive, low-production car, with only about 1,400 made that year. The major movie studios kept a number of expensive cars around for executive purposes, and they often did double duty as props as required in production. See more »

Goofs

In the West Indies Club when Dum-Dum joins Nick at the table - the four drinks keep changing position on the table. See more »

Quotes

Colonel MacFay: He wants a lot of money. And when you won't give it to him, he says you won't be pigheaded, because he dreamed twice about your dying. And the third time he dreams things, they come true. Now, what do you think?
Nick Charles: I wouldn't think I have to hurry up my dying on his account.
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Followed by Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) See more »

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Siboney
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Ernesto Lecuona
Danced by Renee and Stella
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Screwball Mystery
12 August 2001 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Another Thin Man is at times quite funny but is less a comedy than a screwball mystery, which is to say it is a nice little atmospheric whodunit with laughs, populated by an assortment of urban types and set largely on a Long Island estate.

The film is well-paced and has just a hint of the supernatural, which gives it at times an eerie flavor. Photographically it is darker in tone than its jollier predecessors despite the oftentimes comical goings-on.

The occasionally somber mood of the picture perhaps anticipates the coming of the World War, as there is an undercurrent of urgency and dread in the way its story is told that seems to come from outside the picture itself.

William Powell and Myrna Loy prove themselves once again to be the Fred and Ginger of detective movies.


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