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Another Thin Man -- Not even the joys of parenthood can stop married sleuths Nick and NoraCharles from investigating a murder on a Long Island estate.
Another Thin Man -- 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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Frances Goodrich (screen play) and
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17 November 1939 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Powell ... Nick Charles

Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
Virginia Grey ... Lois MacFay

Otto Kruger ... Van Slack

C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel MacFay

Ruth Hussey ... Dorothy Waters

Nat Pendleton ... Lieutenant Guild

Patric Knowles ... Dudley Horn

Tom Neal ... Freddie
Phyllis Gordon ... Mrs. Bellam

Sheldon Leonard ... Phil Church
Don Costello ... 'Diamond Back' Vogel

Harry Bellaver ... 'Creeps' Binder
William A. Poulsen ... Nickie Jr.
Muriel Hutchison ... Smitty
Abner Biberman ... 'Dum-Dum'

Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Dolley

Asta ... Asta
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander D'Arcy ... Gigolo Who Danced with Nora Charles at West Indies Club (scenes deleted)
Murray Alper ... Larry - a Father (uncredited)
Sandra Andreva ... Woman Sitting with Nick in Cafe (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Freight Elevator Operator (uncredited)

Roy Barcroft ... Slim - a Guard (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... West Indies Club Patron (uncredited)
James Blaine ... Policeman in Charles' Suite (uncredited)
Charles Brokaw ... State Trooper (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Eddie Buzard ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Richard Calderon ... Raphael - Wacky's Baby (uncredited)
Anita Camargo ... Hat Check Girl (uncredited)

Jack Rube Clifford ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Coletti ... State Trooper (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... West Indies Club Patron (uncredited)
Nell Craig ... Charles' First Nursemaid (uncredited)
Carmen D'Antonio ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Joe Devlin ... Barney - MacFay's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Joe Downing ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Detective (uncredited)
Matty Fain ... Hoodlum Telephoning Nick (uncredited)
Walter Fenner ... Detective (uncredited)
Miguel Fernández Mila ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Driver (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Detective Quinn (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga ... Pedro - the Informant (uncredited)
Eddie Gribbon ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Rosemary Grimes ... Woman Sitting with Nick in Cafe (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Second Gate Guard (uncredited)
James Guilfoyle ... Jake (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Second Baggage Man at Train Station (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Detective (uncredited)

Shemp Howard ... Wacky (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective (uncredited)
Gladden James ... Fingerprint Man (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Detective (uncredited)
Toni LaRue ... Woman Sitting with Nick in Cafe (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... West Indies Club Patron (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... West Indies Club Waiter (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Spectator in Alley - Murder Scene (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... A Father (uncredited)

Horace McMahon ... MacFay's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Rudolph Medina ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Tina Menard ... Woman Sitting with Nick in Cafe (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... West Indies Club Patron (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Policeman (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Butch - a Father (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... West Indies Club Waiter (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Tom--Bodyguard (uncredited)
Nellie V. Nichols ... Raphael's Mother (uncredited)
William Pagan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... West Indies Club Headwaiter (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... State Trooper (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Coroner (uncredited)
Guy Repp ... First Waiter (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Cookie - the Drinker (uncredited)
Claire Rochelle ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Constantine Romanoff ... Tall Father in Derby (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... West Indies Club Patron (uncredited)
Ramon Ros ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Police Photographer (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Policeman (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Gigolo Who Danced with Nora Charles at West Indies Club (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Pete - a Father (uncredited)
William Tannen ... State Trooper (uncredited)
Stanley Taylor ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Fred Velasco ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Woman Sitting with Nick in Cafe (uncredited)

Doodles Weaver ... Gatekeeper - MacFay Estate (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke  (as W.S. Van Dyke II)
Writing credits
Frances Goodrich (screen play) and
Albert Hackett (screen play)

Dashiell Hammett (based on an original story by)

Anita Loos  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Original Music by
Edward Ward 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
Oliver T. Marsh (director of photography)
John F. Seitz (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Fredrick Y. Smith (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hugh Boswell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Hugh Boswell .... director of retakes (uncredited)
Art Department
John S. Detlie .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Bill Edmondson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Music Department
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Eddie Larkin .... dance director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Return of the Thin Man" - USA (promotional title)
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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5826) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The Colonel's car has "New York World's Fair" license plates. The Fair took place in 1939, the same year the film was released.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Portraying a peaceful weekend with the Charles, 29 May 2006
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

I hadn't seen this one before, probably the thought of the Charles' with a baby tagging along worried me. But although he formed a double act with Asta for the first half by the time the plot went into overdrive he was virtually ditched. And I've not come across this Hammett story, but with the comedy turned up to maximum there is so much going on in here I'm amazed it all got squeezed into 98 minutes. The complete box-set print is absolutely pristine and gleamingly atmospheric as was only achievable with nitrate stock.

The plot you can liken to a game of keeping a ball in the air, the members of the cast who let it drop to the ground get murdered. It's impossible to explain the complexities of it all - in short Nick's trying to prevent a murder, then trying to catch the murderer - from a dizzying array of suspects. This is Red Herring City, right up to the very end when Nick unmasked the surprise murderer and even the housekeeper's motives are explained in a dismissive sentence - but not corroborated. If you want to work out whodunnit for yourself my advice is keep a very open mind! If you don't like whodunnits at all watch this solely for the astonishing dance routine by Rene & Estela - Fred & Ginger were awkward in comparison!

I'm going to have to watch this again, soon and sober to tie up some of the threads I lost along the way. I noticed Nick hardly drank at all in here - was that Hays Office pressure? All in all not quite as good as the first two but still one Hell of a ride!

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