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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | November 1941 (USA)
Nick and Nora are at their wisecracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track.

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(as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II)

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Molly Ford
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'Whitey' Barrow
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Maj. Jason I. Sculley
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Nick Charles Jr. (as Dickie Hall)
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Claire Porter
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'Link' Stephens
Joseph Anthony ...
Fred Macy
Lou Lubin ...
'Rainbow' Benny
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Stella
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Asta
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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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Hey everybody, my folks are back on the trail of the dog-gondest mystery you ever saw! They're Wackier Than Ever! See more »


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November 1941 (USA)  »

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La sombra de los acusados  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The backdrop footage behind Nick and Nora after leaving the Bay Bridge traveling to the racetrack is authentic and rather historical, as one reared in the Bay Area can testify. They are driving the then new East Shore Highway, now known as the East Shore Freeway, formerly US40 now I-80. See more »

Goofs

After 'Rainbow' Benny is found hanging in his room, when they take him down and lay him on the bed, the support wire attached to his back is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Policeman: The last time I read about you, Mr. Charles, you was in New York, you was.
Nick Charles: I were? I was?
Policeman: Yes, you was.
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Followed by The Thin Man Goes Home (1945) 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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