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The Thin Man ()


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Former detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife Nora investigate a murder case, mostly for the fun of it.

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Nick Charles
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Nora Charles
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Dorothy Wynant
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Guild
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Mimi Wynant Jorgenson
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MacCaulay
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Tommy
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Gilbert Wynant
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Nunheim
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Chris Jorgenson
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Julia Wolf
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Morelli
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Clyde Wynant
Cyril Thornton ...
Tanner
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Asta (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Wynant's Butler (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ...
Janitress (uncredited)
Arthur Belasco ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Tui Bow ...
Stenographer (uncredited)
Raymond Brown ...
Dr. Walton (uncredited)
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Mrs. Jorgenson (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
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Quinn (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ...
Reporter (uncredited)
John Dunsmuir ...
Boxer At Party (uncredited)
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Fighter at Party (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ...
Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Apartment Clerk (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
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Billy the Detective (uncredited)
John Irwin ...
'Face' Peppler (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ...
Witness (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ...
Woman Buying Newspaper (uncredited)
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Night Club Patron (uncredited)
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Porter (uncredited)
Dixie Laughton ...
Janitress (uncredited)
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Stutsy Burke (uncredited)
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Joe - Headwaiter (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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Detective Waiter (uncredited)
Henry Otho ...
Detective Waiter (uncredited)
Garry Owen ...
Detective (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Waiter Hired for Dinner (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ...
Waiter Hired for Dinner (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
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Foster (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ...
Waiter (uncredited)
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Marion (uncredited)
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Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Pietro Sosso ...
Butler (uncredited)
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Police Captain (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
George Templeton ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Guest at Nick's Party (uncredited)
Huey White ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Leo - Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Williams ...
Fighter Manager (uncredited)

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W.S. Van Dyke

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Albert Hackett ... (screen play) and
Frances Goodrich ... (screen play)
 
Dashiell Hammett ... (from the novel by)

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Hunt Stromberg ... producer

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William Axt ... (musical score by) (as Dr. William Axt)

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James Wong Howe ... (photographed by)

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Robert Kern ... film editor (as Robert J. Kern)

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons

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Lesley Selander ... assistant director (uncredited)

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David Townsend ... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis ... associate art director

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director

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Ted Allan ... still photographer (uncredited)
Clarence Sinclair Bull ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Dolly Tree ... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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Wayne Allen ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Snell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Virgil ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Howard Dietz ... press agent (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

After a four year absence, one time detective Nick Charles returns to New York with his new wife Nora and their dog, Asta. Nick re-connects with many of his old cronies, several of whom are eccentric characters, to say the least. He's also approached by Dorothy Wynant whose inventor father Clyde Wynant is suspected of murdering her father's mistress (his former secretary ).. Her father had left on a planned trip some months before and she has had no contact with him. Nick isn't all that keen on resuming his former profession but egged-on by wife Nora, who thinks this all very exciting, he agrees to help out. He solves the case, announcing the identity of the killer at a dinner party for all of the suspects. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines MAN OF 1000 THRILLS and 2000 Laughs! (Print Ad- Albany Times-Union, ((Albany NY)) 18 July 1934) See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'introuvable (France)
  • Mordsache Dünner Mann (Germany)
  • Der dünne Mann (Germany)
  • La cena de los acusados (Spain)
  • Bulunmayan Adam (Turkey, Turkish title)
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  • 91 min
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Budget $226,408 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia William Powell spoke of how much he loved working with Myrna Loy because of her naturalness, her professionalism, and her lack of any kind of "diva" temperament. "When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angles, and microphones. We weren't acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony," he said. "Myrna, unlike some actresses who think only of themselves, has the happy faculty of being able to listen while the other fellow says his lines. She has the give and take of acting that brings out the best." See more »
Goofs When Nick and the coroner look at the body through the Fluoroscope, the bullet, and a piece of shrapnel, appear as bright white. The Fluoroscope uses X-rays except it is viewed on a screen instead of film. Dense objects, such as bones, appear dark, as it appears in the movie. The bullet and shrapnel should then be even darker as it blocks even more of the X-rays. However, this would not have shown up well in the movies, so they were made bright white so the viewers could see them easily. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Big Parade of Comedy (1964). See more »
Soundtracks Jingle Bells See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits are shown with the original novel by D. Hammett in the background. See more »
Quotes Nora Charles: Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?
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