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Song of the Thin Man (1947)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  September 1947 (USA)
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Nick, Nora, and Nick Jr. investigate the murder of a band leader in New York.

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Clarence 'Clinker' Krause
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Phillip Reed ...
Tommy Edlon Drake (as Philip Reed)
Patricia Morison ...
Phyllis Talbin
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Mitchell Talbin
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Fran Ledue Page
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Janet Thayar
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David I. Thayar
Bess Flowers ...
Jessica Thayar
Don Taylor ...
Buddy Hollis
Warner Anderson ...
Dr. Monolaw
Bruce Cowling ...
Phil Orval Brant
Connie Gilchrist ...
Bertha
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Storyline

Nick and Nora Charles are asked by Phil Brant and Janet Thayar, who have just eloped, to help them after band leader Tommy Drake is killed at a society dance which Nick and Nora also attended. The police are looking to arrest Brant for the murder and while he claims he's innocent, Nick isn't too keen on having him in the house and turns him over to the police. As they look into the case, Nick and Nora learn that Drake wasn't very well liked and there are actually several people who benefited from his death. Drake owed money to loan shark Al Amboy, and Janet's father disliked Brant and may have set him up. Drake's girlfriend may have been having a fling with clarinetist Buddy Hollis, and he and Drake had a fist fight on stage during the festivities. Nick arranges for another party on the same boat where Nora notices something quite peculiar about one of the guest's jewelry. Written by garykmcd

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WILLIAM POWELL and MYRNA LOY and me too. We're all together again in a NEW MGM mystery comedy! [me too refers to their (Nick & Noras') dog in the film]


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September 1947 (USA)  »

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Song of the Thin Man  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

The thirteenth of fourteen films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy. See more »

Goofs

When the thug on the boat throws the knife at Asta, the string that guides it to it's target in the door is clearly visible. See more »

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Taxi Driver: Follow that car?
Nora Charles: Movie fan.
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Soundtracks

You're Not So Easy to Forget
(1947)
By Herb Magidson and Ben Oakland
Played during the opening credits, as background music and at the end
Played by a band on the S.S. Fortune and sung by Gloria Grahame (uncredited)
Played on clarinet by Don Taylor (uncredited) often
Reprised by Gloria Grahame (uncredited) at the ship reopening and on a record
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Tiresome story depends heavily on Loy/Powell chemistry...
6 November 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It was inevitable that "The Thin Man" series would run out of steam eventually and this last entry is probably why both Powell and Loy never made another one. The background for this mystery is a gambling boat with jazz musicians giving the film a very dated look because of all the jive talk, circa 1940s.

And as usual, there are more suspects than there are murders, with Asta and Mrs. Charles trying to help Nick solve the crime. MGM spared no expense in giving the film a glossy, polished look and a sparkling supporting cast--PATRICIA MORISON, LEON AMES, GLORIA GRAHAME, KEENAN WYNN, DEAN STOCKWELL (then 11) and PHILIP REED.

The problem is the usual flaw in these Nick and Nora mysteries--the viewer never gets enough clues to solve the crime along with the two sleuths. You're just along for the ride as the two deal with a host of unpleasant characters, among whom is a murderer who invariably slips up in time for Nick to solve the crime.

Summing up: Good chemistry between Loy and Powell is still there, but they get little help from a tiresome script.


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