A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee a down on his luck reporter hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth, to stop a high-society woman from suing for libel.
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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
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This film received its initial television broadcast in Philadelphia Monday 25 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New York City Saturday 16 March 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); but it's first Los Angeles telecast did not take place until 14 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 7 August 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
Keep a close eye on the steamer trunks at the train station in the opening scene. Three large all-white trunks are transported from the station to the hotel room where Nick and Nora are staying. But when the delivery men bring the white trunks into the room, they place them next to two more steamer trunks which are already there, and these are a darker color with several strips. At the 5:30 mark, Nora begins to struggle with the latches on one of the darker trunks with strips. But when Nick comes to her aid, the trunk is suddenly one of white ones! Thirty seconds later, after the chauffeur comes in, the trunk is the dark one with the strips again, and the white trunks are well off to the left. See more »
You won't be alone long. Wait till the news of your 5 millions hits the front pages. You'll find you've got relatives all over the world.
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Not bad, but too many plot elements smother the comedy...
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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