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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Mr. and Mrs. Thin Man Are Back In Their New Hit See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The nightclub featured in the film was loosely modeled on the famous Forbidden City, a popular San Francisco night spot from the late 1930s through the 1950s. See more »

Goofs

After the scenes when Selma Landis (Elissa Landi) is arrested, there is a transitional scene featuring several newspaper headlines about the case. One of the papers, shown as the San Francisco Chronicle, bears the upper-left front page motto "All the News That's Fit to Print." This is the world-famous motto of the New York Times, adopted by publisher Adolph Ochs and first used October 25, 1896. 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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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Featured in Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by guests at Nick's surprise party
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Excellent
6 November 1999 | by reve-2See all my reviews

Although this film was released in 1936, it is as entertaining and fresh today as ever, and is certainly much better than any of the over-long and over-produced movies that Hollywood produces today. This is the second in the excellent "Thin Man" series and the viewer can see that the series is really in full stride. The delightful cast of street types who are old friends and cronies of Nick's are a joy to watch. The interplay between William Powell and Myrna Loy has never been matched and is to be treasured. What a great surprise for me to see Penny Singelton, who later played "Blondie" in that long running series. Ms. Singelton sings and dances up a storm as a cabaret performer and she is an integral character in the plot of this engrossing "whodunnit". Another nice surprise for me was seeing Jimmy Stewart in one of his earlier roles. He definitely had leading man type looks. As per usual, Powell, as Nick Charles, unmasks the murderer in the climatic scene where all suspects, the police, and assorted others are present. In most movies, I tend to find pets rather annoying as they distract from the plot of the film. But, for me, Asta is the one exception to this thesis. He is so entertaining and no Thin Man movie would be complete without his antics. In summary, all I can say is that this is a SUPERB film. Catch it on Turner Classic Movies or find a video at your' favorite store or online retailer.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

After the Thin Man See more »

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Budget:

$683,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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