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Shadow of the Thin Man -- Nick and Nora are at their wise-cracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race-track.

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Director:
Writers:
Dashiell Hammett (characters)
Harry Kurnitz (story)
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Release Date:
November 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hey everybody, my folks are back on the trail of the dog-gondest mystery you ever saw! They're Wackier Than Ever! See more »
Plot:
Nick and Nora are at their wise-cracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race-track. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
The Formula Still Works Pretty Well See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Powell ... Nick Charles

Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles

Barry Nelson ... Paul Clarke

Donna Reed ... Molly Ford
Sam Levene ... Lieutenant Abrams
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Aldrich Bowker ... Watchman (scenes deleted)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Second Coroner (uncredited)
Arthur Belasco ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sheldon Bennett ... Mario (uncredited)
John Berkes ... 'Spider' Webb (uncredited)
Sam Bernard ... Counterman (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Fenster - Stephens' Attorney (uncredited)

Frankie Burke ... Jockey Buddy Burns (uncredited)
Harry Burns ... Greek Janitor (uncredited)
Charles Calvert ... Wrestling Referee (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Detective Bringing in Macy (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Cop (uncredited)
Inez Cooper ... Woman in Cab (uncredited)
Noel Cravat ... Baku - Chauffeur (uncredited)
Cliff Danielson ... Reporter (uncredited)
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Mug (uncredited)
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Barrow's Landlady (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Motorcycle Cop on Bridge (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Mug Starting Fight at Wrestling Match (uncredited)
John Dilson ... First Coroner (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Mug at Birthday Party (uncredited)
David Dornack ... Lefty Rogan's Kid (uncredited)
Bill Fisher ... Watchman (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Cop Who Greets Nick at Racetrack (uncredited)

Ava Gardner ... Passerby (uncredited)
John George ... Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
Cardiff Giant ... Bouncing Chuck Tschekov (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Lana, Spider Webb's Girl (uncredited)
Matt Gilman ... Waiter with Steak (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Waiter with Steak (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Man at Wrestling Match Next to Italian (uncredited)
Hardboiled Haggerty ... Mug (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Policeman in Molly's Office (uncredited)
Arch Hendricks ... Photographer (uncredited)
Bob Ireland ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Reporter (uncredited)
Tor Johnson ... Jack the Ripper (uncredited)
Robert Kellard ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Kelly ... 'Meatballs' Murphy (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Waiter Serving Benny (uncredited)
Hal Le Sueur ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Pipey, at the Birthday Party (uncredited)
Tommy Mack ... Soft Drink Vendor (uncredited)
Jerry Mandy ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Spectator (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Handler (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... Fingers (uncredited)
Patti Moore ... Lefty Rogan's Wife (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Detective in Scully's Office (uncredited)
George Noisom ... Jockey in Jockey Room (uncredited)
Joe Oakie ... (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Stephens' Clerk (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Reporter in Abrams' Office (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Mug (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Italian at Wrestling Match Calling Nora's Hat 'Screwy' (uncredited)
Eddie Sim ... Mug (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ... Policeman (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Dan Tobey ... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Mug at the Birthday Party (uncredited)
Tito Vuolo ... Luis - Waiter Pushing Sea Bass (uncredited)
Fred Walburn ... First Kid on Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Mug Shoving Waiter / Racetrack Security Guard (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Maguire - Nervous Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Duke York ... Valentino (uncredited)
Joe Yule ... Henry, Racetrack Watchman (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke  (as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II)
 
Writing credits
Dashiell Hammett (characters)

Harry Kurnitz (story)

Irving Brecher (screenplay) and
Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Snell 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels  (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Kern  (as Robert J. Kern)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Andre .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Paul Groesse .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Bill Edmondson .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lennie Hayton .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
97 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD rating) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #7707)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Debut of Barry Nelson, also feature debut of Ava Gardner, briefly seen walking by Nick's car.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Nick Jr. is trying to get Nick to drink milk, Jr., is alternately holding/not holding his glass between shots.See more »
Quotes:
'Link' Stephens:You're gonna see some great wrestling tonight.
Nick Charles:How do you know? You were at the rehearsal?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kingdom of the Vampire (2007) (V)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The Formula Still Works Pretty Well, 17 August 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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