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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | November 1941 (USA)
Nick and Nora are at their wise-cracking 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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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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La sombra de los acusados  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The 11th of 14 films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy. See more »

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When Nick sits down to read a story to Nicky Jr. the racing form is under the book. When he is seated it is inside the book. See more »

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Claire Porter aka Clara Peters: You know you're really not like a detective at all, Mr. Charles. You don't pound the table or shout or threaten.
Nick Charles: I'm not really a detective. I just use that as an excuse to get out of the house at night.
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Nick and Nora at it again
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Shadow of the Thin Man" is another addition to the "Thin Man" series starring that wonderful couple, Nick and Nora Charles, played to perfection by William Powell and Myrna Loy. In this film, they have a son, Nicky, who's adorable and keeps Daddy on his toes. In one scene, Nick has to drink milk (instead of his cocktail) so that Nicky will drink his; in another, so as not embarrass his son, Nick rides the carousel and gets quite dizzy. So does Asta - we see him hugging a fire hydrant for dear life once the ride ends.

The movie starts out innocently enough with Nick reading the racing forms to his son as if it's a story. When Nick and Nora get to the track, a murder has been committed and the two become immediately involved. Donna Reed has a small role as a secretary for a thug, and she's giving information to her boyfriend, a reporter, played by Barry Nelson. This was the stage actor's first film, and he's right out of college.

There are some very funny scenes in this film - the best being the one in the restaurant. But Nora and Nick attending a wrestling match is another goodie. That brilliant actor, Asta, really has a good supporting role. It's one of his better performances.

The murder mystery is interesting, but like all the "Thin Man" movies, the style, the repartee, and the humor are what make Nick and Nora fun and even today, keep them popular. And their little dog too.


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