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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
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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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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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A Sombra do Homem Sombra  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The fourth of six "Thin Man" movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, filmed August 3-late August 1941. See more »

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When Nick Jr. is trying to get Nick to drink milk, Jr., is alternately holding/not holding his glass between shots. See more »

Quotes

Nora Charles: Follow that car, quick!
Cab Driver: Yes, ma'am!
[Drives off after cab, leaving Nora and Molly on the sidewalk]
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Perhaps My Favorite Thin Man Story
24 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this was the best in the Thin Man series but, it should be pointed out, I was disappointed in the series as a whole. Of the six pictures, I only found two as "keepers."

This "episode" has less of the normal alcohol-worshiping, some great characters and some very funny lines. Some of those lines are very clever. Of course, there are a couple of really stupid people with dumb dialog, too, such as the cop in charge of the case. However, I really enjoyed the wild assortment of characters in this film and I always appreciate a film in which horse racing is involved.

The story can be confusing, but that's nothing new in these classic films in which the suspects are all rounded up Charlie Chan-style in one room and our hero divulges the crook despite hearing a bunch of excuses and accusations from all the suspects. Confusing or not, this is a fun story and interesting. It also was one of the few times I correctly guessed the killer!

Corny, but a very likable Thin Man story. William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene, and Asta the dog all provide good entertainment.


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