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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Drama  -  November 1941 (USA)
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Nick and Nora are at their wise-cracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race-track.

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Paul Clarke
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Molly Ford
Sam Levene ...
Alan Baxter ...
'Whitey' Barrow
Henry O'Neill ...
Major Jason I. Sculley
Richard Hall ...
Nick Charles, Jr. (as Dickie Hall)
Stella Adler ...
Claire Porter / Clara Peters
Loring Smith ...
'Link' Stephens
Joseph Anthony ...
Fred Macy
Lou Lubin ...
'Rainbow' Benny Loomis
Louise Beavers ...
Stella
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Watchman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Nick and Nora's hopes for a pleasant afternoon at the local race track are dashed when a jockey is found shot dead in the locker room. Nick's friend Lt. Abrams wants him to help out but Nick is enjoying the good life too much to get involved. However, he is subsequently approached by Major Scully to look into corruption and the role of organized crime in gambling. Others are killed but in the end, Nick gathers all of the suspects into a room and identifies the killer. Written by garykmcd

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November 1941 (USA)  »

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Shadow of the Thin Man  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The fourth of six "Thin Man" movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, filmed August 3-late August 1941. See more »

Goofs

After Nick gets off of the merry-go-round, there is a close-up of Asta also exiting the merry-go round. If you look at Asta's front paws you can see the straps and fishing line used to pull his legs out from under him. This was done to make him lose his balance and give him the appearance of being dizzy from riding around in circles. See more »

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Nora Charles: With the $2 dinner, you get machine guns.
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References The Thin Man (1934) See more »

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In the shadow of the film of The Thin Man
11 June 2006 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

Another good series entry [4/6], more sedate than its predecessors but still a quality funny whodunnit, again set in Red Herring City.

Nick finds himself embroiled in a murder case after a racetrack killing leads to another implicating an "obviously" decent guy, trying to unravel the murderer from a long list of "guilty" suspects. Nick's deductions again spring a surprise, culminating with a detail only discovered near the end of the picture. The funniest scene is the outbreak of fisticuffs in the restaurant - I'm glad I never got a dog, cute as Asta was! Again Nick Jr. was sidelined for the second half, probably so as not to complicate the plot further. Donna Reed's second film.

With a beautiful print and the chorus of "Why, It's Nick Charles!" ringing in my ears I found this one to be almost up to par with the first three and one I certainly hope to watch again.


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