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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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(as W.S. Van Dyke II)

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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 »


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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

Rafael Storm replaced Alexander D'Arcy as the gigolo during the retakes. See more »

Goofs

In the shot where Nora finds Asta's bone in little Nicky's crib you'll see Asta poke his head through the bars of the crib and grab the bone from her hand with his mouth. In the very next shot Asta is sitting obediently as Nora gives him the bone again. 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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Connections

Followed by Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) 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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A Deadly Trip To Long Island
2 November 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The third of the Thin Man films finds Nick and Nora out on Long Island answering a distress call from an old friend of Nora's father, C. Aubrey Smith. Sheldon Leonard went to prison and he's got the idea that Smith should have been there with him. He's making all kinds of threats against Smith and eventually Smith winds up dead. Three other deaths occur, two of the human and a dog (not Asta) before William Powell solves the mystery.

Another Thin Man boasts the usual tightly written script with a good group of plausible suspects, the ending I have to confess was a real surprise to me.

MGM always gave Powell and Loy a great group of supporting players to work with. Some of the ones I enjoyed here not previously mentioned were Virginia Grey as Smith's daughter, Harry Bellaver as one of Nick's old criminal cronies and Marjorie Main as a landlady who thinks she's seen it all.

Abner Biberman has an unusual role given the times. He's a hatchetfaced stone cold killer named 'Dum-Dum' who works for Sheldon Leonard and has a devotion to him that leans pretty heavily on the gay side. I'm not sure it could be explained any other way.

Myrna is her bright and cheery self aiding Powell more with moral support than assisting Powell with the case. It's what the audiences expected from The Thin Man films and in this they were not disappointed.


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