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The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | January 1945 (USA)
Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

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Lucile Watson ...
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Laura Ronson (as Gloria De Haven)
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Crazy Mary
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Helena Draque
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Dr. Bertram Charles
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Edgar Draque
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Willie Crump
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Brogan
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Dr. Bruce Clayworth
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Hilda (as Anita Bolster)
Ralph Brooke ...
Peter Berton
Donald MacBride ...
Police Chief MacGregor
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Willoughby
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Nick and Nora head to Nick's hometown of Sycamore Springs to spend some time with his parents. His father, a prominent local physician, was always a bit disappointed with Nick's choice of profession in particular and his lifestyle in general. With Nick's arrival however the towns folk, including several of the local criminal element, are convinced that he must be there on a case despite his protestations that he's just there for rest and relaxation. When someone is shot dead on his doorstep however, Nick finds himself working on a case whether he wants to or not. Written by Anonymous

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Together again in M-G-M's riotous comedy. (Title lobby card).


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Nick is resting in the hammock in his parent's front yard, he is reading a "Nick Carter, Detective" comic book. See more »

Goofs

While it has been said that the rifle in the film was Bren gun and not a Japanese weapon. But the Nambu Machine Gun looks very much like a Bren gun. The stock is the most easily spotted give aways. The Bren Guns stock come straight back from behind the pistol grip right behind the trigger guard. While the Nambu's stock has a slight drop to it, right behind the pistol grip. So the gun in this film is in fact a Japanese Nambu Machine Gun. See more »

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Soundtracks

Deep In The Heart Of Texas
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Music by Don Swander (1941)
Lyrics by June Hershey (1941)
Sung a cappella by William Powell with improvised lyrics
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"A couple of weeks on this cider and I'll be a new man."
30 October 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Everybody has at least one skeleton in their closet, and Nick Charles is the man who can bring them out into the daylight. The fifth film in the excellent 'Thin Man' series sees our favourite married detectives, Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy), visiting Nick's parents in the small town of Sycamore Springs, a sleepy locale where everybody knows everybody and crime is practically non-existent… or so they thought! The famous detective's arrival is greeted with a wave of controversy, despite his own insistence that the visit is merely a quiet vacation. With everybody under the impression that Nick is investigating an important case, long-forgotten skeletons begin to emerge from their hiding-places, a young artist is shot dead on the doorstep and an ordinary-looking painting of a windmill becomes a vital clue in identifying his murderer.

'The Thin Man Goes Home' was the first film in the series not directed by W.S. Van Dyke, after he committed suicide in February 1943. Nonetheless, Richard Thorpe does a good job of recreating the mystery and good humour of the previous instalments, working off a script from Robert Riskin, Harry Kurnitz and Dwight Taylor. There are also a few notable adjustments to the usual formula: the action takes place in a small town rather than the city, and Nick Charles has gone completely teetotal {no doubt a consequence of the WWII liquor rationing}. Aside from obviously solving the mystery and apprehending the killer, the film has another important sub-plot concerning Nick and his disapproving father. Nora makes it her goal to convince Dr. Charles (Harry Davenport) that his son is, indeed, a detective genius, and fuels the rumours – in a not-so-subtle fashion – that he is here on a case. However, his father won't believe that Nick has gone off drinking, and various unfortunate moments of bad-timing do little to prove him otherwise.

Of course, the main reason we watch 'The Thin Man' movies is to enjoy the witty banter and playful rivalry between husband and wife, and a lot of it is still here, even if it takes a back-seat to the murder mystery itself. Just like the audience, Nora believes that she understands Nick's mystery-solving tactics to the letter, and she enthusiastically narrates his technique to the attentive Dr. Charles, occasionally tossing in her own opinion of the identity of the killer. Of course, she's almost always wrong. This mystery is a muddled affair, with seemingly everyone guilty for at least something, but it's the killer's name that proves a real surprise.


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