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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Passed  |   |  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.


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


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Complete credited cast:
Sam Levene ...
Alan Baxter ...
'Whitey' Barrow
Henry O'Neill ...
Major Jason I. Sculley
Richard Hall ...
Nick Jr. (as Dickie Hall)
Stella Adler ...
Claire Porter
Loring Smith ...
'Link' Stephens
Joseph Anthony ...
Fred Macy
Lou Lubin ...
'Rainbow' Benny
Louise Beavers ...
Asta a Dog ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Watchman (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sombra de los acusados  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In 1941, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had six lanes (approx. 10 feet wide each) of traffic in both directions on the upper deck. The lower deck had 3 lanes for East-West truck traffic with the middle lane switching direction during the rush hours. Lower deck south side (now incorporated as two traffic lanes for a total of five lanes) was used until 1958 for commuter rail. In the 1960's upper deck became five 12 foot wide lanes West and lower deck became five 12 foot wide lanes Easterly. The footage of Nick and Nora traveling East on the upper deck is not an error as some may have reported, but as the bridge looked and as was configured at the time photographed. See more »


When Nick returns to the locker room at the race track, and Asta is scared off by the black kitten, Nick passes an office. You can see a man in the reflection of the window. He is wearing a white shirt and appears to be giving hand commands to Asta. His movements mimic Nick's at first, but when Nick turns to head for the shower room, the man in the white shirt stays in the same position. See more »


Nora Charles: With the $2 dinner, you get machine guns.
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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If it ain't broke don't fix it!
28 April 2004 | by (Willoughby, OH, USA) – See all my reviews

SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN offers nothing really new but it does offer exactly what fans of the franchise expect. Nick and Nora get dragged into another murder mystery. They continue to bicker in their loving way. Nick and all his old street contacts help Nick do what the police cannot. Lt. Abrams (Sam Levene) last seen in AFTER THE THIN MAN returns. He is to Nick what Inspector Lestrad is to Sherlock Holmes. It's a treat to see a young Donna Reed in a film 5 years prior to her breakthrough performance in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and 2 decades prior to her self named sitcom.

As usual, Nick with Nora's help rounds up all the suspects and walks the viewer through his deductive reasoning and then announces who the killer is. As this was the third sequel it is plain to see the basic formula that is present in all the THIN MAN films. It, by this film, had become about as complex as a color by numbers coloring book. Little imagination but still fun to do. I would rank this my fourth favorite of the six THIN MAN FILMS.

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