The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)

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Nick and Nora go on holiday, and end up involved in a murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucile Watson ...
Laura Ronson (as Gloria De Haven)
Crazy Mary
Helen Vinson ...
Helena Draque
Dr. Bertram Charles
Edgar Draque
Willie Crump
Edward Brophy ...
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Dr. Bruce Clayworth
Anita Sharp-Bolster ...
Hilda (as Anita Bolster)
Ralph Brooke ...
Peter Berton
Donald MacBride ...
Police Chief MacGregor
Morris Ankrum ...


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


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Release Date:

January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A cingár férfi hazamegy  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Liberal drinking of alcohol, a mainstay of the first four "Thin Man" movies, was curtailed for this movie due to wartime liquor rationing. See more »


When Brophy is sitting with Nick's parents at the table, he is describing a card announcing births. During his description, he takes a bite of cake, but the dialog continues non stop, even though his mouth is obviously not mouthing the words. See more »


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Music by Don Swander (1941)
Lyrics by June Hershey (1941)
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One of the few examples of a *good* sequel...
3 April 2001 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is hilarious! Powell and Loy's chemistry just doesn't let up, even after four sequels. I've now seen three of these films (The first, third and fifth), and the quality is as high as ever. I liked this one better than the third (Another Thin Man), though it's not quite as good as the first (The Thin Man).

The humour is excellent. These films wouldn't be half as good without the oft-subtle, always hilarious dialogue rampant throughout. And Powell and Loy are always perfect, they never miss a beat. One of the problems I had with the third one was that it felt forced, the humour just wasn't top-notch. But it's full-force here, nearly at the level of the first one. As well, the story is much more interesting than the third one, and almost at the level of the first. The first one had the spark, the originality, that won't ever be reproduced. But this script is sharp (although I really missed all of the great drinking jokes;), and it didn't (thankfully) have the brat of a baby;) And Asta is as cute as ever, what more could I ask for??

It's not perfect, it's not as good as the first. But it's up there! Another definite must-see; I'd recommend these films to all, an eternal classic!! 8/10.

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