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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.


(as W.S. Van Dyke II)


(screen play), (screen play), 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Grey ...
Van Slack
Colonel MacFay
Dorothy Waters
Dudley Horn
Phyllis Gordon ...
Mrs. Bellam
Phil Church
Don Costello ...
'Diamond Back' Vogel
'Creeps' Binder
William A. Poulsen ...
Nickie Jr.
Muriel Hutchison ...


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 <>

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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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Two tragedies befell William Powell before the making of this film: the unexpected death of his fiancé Jean Harlow, and a difficult battle with colon cancer that required colon bypass surgery and new radiation treatments. Production of this "Thin Man" movie was delayed as a result, but Powell and Loy were given a standing ovation when he finally returned to join her on the set for filming. See more »


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 »


Gatekeeper: He says his name is Charles, but he looks to me like a pool parlor dude.
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Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Played on a radio in Linda Mills' apartment
Reprised at Nick Jr.'s birthday party
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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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