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

Quotes

Nora Charles: How did you find me here?
Nick Charles: I saw a great group of men standing around a table. I knew there was only one woman in the world who could attract men like that. A woman with a lot of money.
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Played at Nick Jr.'s birthday party
Sung by Frank Sully, Joe Devlin, Murray Alper, Frank Moran and other fathers
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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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