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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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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
Warner Anderson ...
Dr. Monolaw
Bruce Cowling ...
Phil Orval Brant
Connie Gilchrist ...
Bertha
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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Canção dos Acusados  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

The sixth of six "Thin Man" movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, filmed early January-mid March 1947. See more »

Goofs

When Asta lifts his paw to his eye in the baggage car scene, the wire controlling his paw is visible. See more »

Quotes

Nick Charles: I got a great idea.
Nora Charles: What is it?
Nick Charles: Let's go home.
Nora Charles: What's at home?
Nick Charles: You, my pipe, my slippers.
Nora Charles: Nickie, you're slipping.
Nick Charles: Darling, give me my pipe, slippers & a beautiful woman... and you can keep the pipe and slippers.
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Follows Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) See more »

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 dubbed by Carol Arden (uncredited)
Played on clarinet by Don Taylor often
Reprised by Gloria Grahame at the ship reopening and on a record
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Jive talking
25 June 2006 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

Totally ordinary now, the Thin Man bowed out as slightly off-key as one of the clarinet solos played by the mysterious key character Buddy. Can madness be turned on and off like a tap? However still some fine moments here even for 1947, but especially for 2006.

Murder is committed on a heaving nightclub-boat the Charles are disporting themselves on, and Nick launches himself into the case with gusto for the once and only. The dissembling suspects are assembled for the viewers, but with this lot for the first time I didn't care whether they were all guilty or innocent. None of them were given enough time to become interesting, whether as baddies or semi-baddies. If Nick had pointed out Junior as the murderer I would have been surprised but accepted his deductions as infallible as usual. Keenan Wynn and other all-white musicians laid on the hep talk with a trowel, to Nick and Nora's continual generation gap bewilderment.

Overall a tremendous Golden Age Hollywood comedy drama series, starting with a bang and ending with a slight fizzle. So 6/6 it was but I give this one a good 7/10.


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