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Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Phillip Reed ...
Tommy Edlon Drake (as Philip Reed)
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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
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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Nick is about to tell Nicky, Jr. the "story of Dangerous Dan McGoup" as a good night tale - an allusion to the character "Dangerous Dan McGREW" from Robert Service's famous poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew". Nick, however, never gets to tell the story of the shooting - instead, inspired by Nicky's old fashioned toy pistol, he rushes off chasing another clue. See more »

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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?
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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) dubbed by Carol Arden (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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Watch an old mediocre Hollywood movie, not a new lousy one
28 June 2000 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

It may be mediocre, small-time fare, but it's also an excellent example of studio filmmaking from the 40s. In the last of the Thin Man movies, Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy) solve a murder (again), this time concerning a jazz bandleader (I think; the plot was kind of confusing). The dialogue isn't as sharp as in the other movies, and Dean Stockwell as Nick Jr. is cloying (although he was far worse in Anchors Aweigh). Keenan Wynn is fun as a jazz "insider" who "jams"; the outdated language in this movie is unbelievable. This is also wholesale propaganda: all the jazz players in the movie are either drunk or unpleasant, or both, thereby reinforcing the wholesome American family. As Janet, Jayne Meadows looks EXACTLY like Donna on Twin Peaks. Intentional or not? Compelling enough reason to watch this movie (the other reason is a bizarre sequence in which William Powell remembers his son growing up while his memories are projected onto the boy's butt).


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