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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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Whether it's solving a murder or sipping a Bacardi, Nick and Nora Charles are excellent company See more (41 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Powell ... Nick

Myrna Loy ... Nora
Virginia Grey ... Lois

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'
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 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
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 elegant car that Nick and Nora ride out to Col. MacFay's estate in is a 1935 Lincoln. These were an expensive, low-production car, with only about 1,400 made that year. The major movie studios kept a number of expensive cars around for executive purposes, and they often did double duty as props as required in production.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Nora Charles:Oh, we had a lovely trip. Nick was sober in Kansas City.See more »
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Whether it's solving a murder or sipping a Bacardi, Nick and Nora Charles are excellent company, 7 January 2007
Author: Terrell-4 from San Antonio, Texas

When a movie begins with C. Aubrey Smith, that craggy paragon of old-fashioned values, beaten, shot and stabbed to death and then finishes with Shemp Howard, one of the Stooges, dandling a baby, you might believe you're in some odd alternate universe. In a way, you are, but the universe is the world of Nick and Nora Charles and the movie is Another Thin Man. It's the third film William Powell and Myrna Loy made about the debonaire amateur sleuth and his wealthy wife. If it doesn't quite reach the heights of witty sophistication of the first two, it'll do.

Nick and Nora, together with their new baby and Asta, are at the Long Island estate of the aging and imperious Burr MacFay (Smith), the partner of Nora's father before her father died. He's a financial wizard who still manages much of Nora's wealth...and he believes he's a man under a death threat. Within hours of their arrival, late at night, a fire starts in the ornate bath house, a fuse apparently blows taking out all the lights, the huge dog of the house is found killed...and MacFay is discovered shot, beaten and stabbed. Yet everyone seems to have an alibi. And what a bunch there is: MacFay's adopted daughter, Lois MacFay; Dudley Horn, the man she plans to marry who seems to love her money as much as he says he loves her; Freddie Coleman, MacFay's young, baby-faced secretary who is smitten with Lois; Mrs. Bellam, the curiously uncurious housekeeper; and Dorothy Waters, the nanny Nora engaged to help look after Nickie, Jr., who suddenly disappears. Those are the ones in the mansion. Lurking outside is a former employee of MacFay, Phil Church, who went to prison and now has schemes to cash in; his girl friend, his loyal goon and a slow-speaking piece of muscle who wears thick glasses. Nick and Nora head back to New York as soon as they can, but the mystery and the threats follow them. It takes a visit to the apartment of a woman no one seems to have met and some clever thinking before Nick brings everyone together in the Charles' hotel apartment where the ruthless murderer is exposed. Even that is complicated by Nickie, Jr.'s boithday party thrown by some of Nick's disreputable acquaintances and their kids.

In the meantime, we get to enjoy the imperturbable, affectionate and wittily ironic relationship between Nick and Nora, and delight in the expert playing of William Powell and Myrna Loy. Nick and Nora, especially Nick, enjoys his martinis and scotch, but this time around it's a little less obvious and a little more fun. "A Bacardi," says Nick to the waiter in a Latin nightclub. He glances over at Nora and adds, "Two Bacardis." Says Nora with a straight face to the waiter, "I'll have the same." The waiter brings four Bacardis. The mystery is complicated and, in my view, a little too much time is spend on it at the expense of time with the two of them. Still, the movie's extended nightclub scene shows just how witty, light and affectionate Powell and Loy could be when they had enough time to work their characters together. They made 14 movies together over 20 years, including the six in the Thin Man series. Individually or together, Powell and Loy were class acts.

And yes, Shemp Howard really is there. So's a chest-thumping Marjorie Main.

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