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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:
Perhaps My Favorite Thin Man Story 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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)

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Trivia:
Debut of Sid Melton.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Prior to Nick going into "Whitey" Barrow's apartment, when the police have already searched it, the camera cuts to Asta with the leash on the floor. Next shot is Nick opening the door with the leash in his hand.See more »
Quotes:
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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16 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps My Favorite Thin Man Story, 24 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

I thought this was the best in the Thin Man series but, it should be pointed out, I was disappointed in the series as a whole. Of the six pictures, I only found two as "keepers."

This "episode" has less of the normal alcohol-worshiping, some great characters and some very funny lines. Some of those lines are very clever. Of course, there are a couple of really stupid people with dumb dialog, too, such as the cop in charge of the case. However, I really enjoyed the wild assortment of characters in this film and I always appreciate a film in which horse racing is involved.

The story can be confusing, but that's nothing new in these classic films in which the suspects are all rounded up Charlie Chan-style in one room and our hero divulges the crook despite hearing a bunch of excuses and accusations from all the suspects. Confusing or not, this is a fun story and interesting. It also was one of the few times I correctly guessed the killer!

Corny, but a very likable Thin Man story. William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene, and Asta the dog all provide good entertainment.

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