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After the Thin Man (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 25 December 1936 (USA)
Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screen play), Albert Hackett (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Nick Charles
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
James Stewart ... David Graham
Elissa Landi ... Selma Landis
Joseph Calleia ... 'Dancer'
Jessie Ralph ... Aunt Katherine Forrest
Alan Marshal ... Robert Landis (as Alan Marshall)
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Casper
Sam Levene ... Police Lt. Abrams
Penny Singleton ... Polly Byrnes (as Dorothy McNulty)
William Law William Law ... Lum Kee
George Zucco ... Dr. Kammer
Paul Fix ... Phil
Asta ... Asta
Mrs. Asta Mrs. Asta ... Mrs. Asta
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Storyline

Now back in San Francisco after their holiday in New York, Nick and Nora find themselves trying to solve another mystery. It's New Year's Eve and they are summoned to dinner at Nora's elderly, and very aristocratic, family. There they find that cousin Selma's husband Robert has been missing for three days. Nick reluctantly agrees to look for him but the case takes a twist when Robert is shot and Selma is accused of murder. Several other murders occur but eventually Nick gathers everyone into the same room to reveal the identity of the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Continuing the fun in their NEW hit! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Comédia dos Acusados See more »

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Budget:

$683,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Zucco made his Hollywood debut in this film, after 6 years working in British features. See more »

Goofs

When Nick is being mobbed by the reporters after getting off the train, the reporter talking to him stumbles and has to step over Asta's dog leash. Immediately after that he is shown standing behind Nick's arm and the leash. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nora Charles: [on a train] Nickie! Nickie! What are you doing?
Nick Charles: [shaving] Just practicing, dear. Will you have a little slice of throat?
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Connections

Followed by Another Thin Man (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Dreams
(1936)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played by the band and sung by Penny Singleton (uncredited) at the Lichee Restaurant
Reprised by Penny Singleton (uncredited) offscreen
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The Best Thin Man
30 April 2001 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

The first "Thin Man" was great, but I like "After the Thin Man" even better. William Powell and Myrna Loy, as Nick and Nora Charles, are the archetype sophisticated couple. No one since has come close. Great casting of the supporting roles fills out the story exquisitely. Wow, could those old studios serve up wonderful acting for all kinds of characters! My favorite is Aunt Katherine, the battle ax to end all battles axes, played by Jessie Ralph; and Henry, the rickety old butler played by, would you believe, Tom Ricketts.

As usual, the dialog sparkles. And the story is great-- a nice Dashiell Hammett whodunit with a not-too-complicated plot that leads to a surprise ending. The encounter between Nora's family and Nick -- "Poor Nora!" -- is worth the price of admission. I grin every time I think about it.


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