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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.

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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 ...
Stella
Asta a Dog ...
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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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A Sombra do Homem Sombra  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Debut of Barry Nelson, also feature debut of Ava Gardner, briefly seen walking by Nick's car. See more »

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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 »

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Nick Charles: Well, gentlemen and ladies we have our murderer.
Nora Charles: Nicky, I can't stand it! Was it me?
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The Formula Still Works Pretty Well
17 August 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

In this fourth movie in the Thin Man series, the familiar formula still works pretty well, making "Shadow of the Thin Man" an enjoyable feature with plenty of wit, an interesting mystery, and most of all Nick and Nora. It's hard to think of any other screen couple that worked together better than William Powell and Myrna Loy. All it takes is a few seconds of seeing them interact before you feel as if you are in the company of old friends.

The story and setting make use of Nick's fondness for the horse races, and this also allows for an entertaining assortment of characters. The mystery has several twists and turns, and the story developments alternate with lighter stretches of Nick and Nora being themselves. Besides the race track, there are some other imaginative settings that help in creating an atmosphere that is both believable and interesting.

Most of the other characters are pretty straightforward, but Sam Levene gets quite a few good moments as the police lieutenant. Barry Nelson also has a decent role as a reporter. A very young Donna Reed gets a fair amount of screen time, but her character is not as interesting as the others. It's also interesting to see Stella Adler in one of her rare screen roles.

This one is a cut below the earlier movies in the series, but it's still good fun. As well as the familiar combination works, there weren't a lot of reasons to make significant changes.


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