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Another Thin Man (1939)

An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II)

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Nick Charles
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
Virginia Grey ... Lois MacFay
Otto Kruger ... Van Slack
C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel MacFay
Ruth Hussey ... Dorothy Waters
Nat Pendleton ... Lieutenant Guild
Patric Knowles ... Dudley Horn
Tom Neal ... Freddie
Phyllis Gordon ... Mrs. Bellam
Sheldon Leonard ... Phil Church
Don Costello ... 'Diamond Back' Vogel
Harry Bellaver ... 'Creeps' Binder
William A. Poulsen William A. Poulsen ... Nickie Jr.
Muriel Hutchison ... Smitty
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Storyline

In this adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's "The Farewell Murder", Nick and Nora (and their dog Asta) visit the estate of Col. MacFay, who is being threatened by a mysterious man wanting revenge for a past injustice. When MacFay is murdered, that man is the obvious suspect - maybe too obvious. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Their Merriest Hit! Mr. and Mrs. Thin Man Have a B-A-B-Y! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Thin Man See more »

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

The Colonel's car has "New York World's Fair" license plates. The Fair took place in 1939, the same year the film was released. See more »

Goofs

Freddie (Tom Neal) tells off Colonel McFey (C. Aubrey Smith), quits and says he is leaving. He remains for the duration of the film, however. See more »

Quotes

Nora Charles: [Talking on the phone] Oh, we had a lovely trip. Nick was sober in Kansas City.
Nick Charles: [Talking to a stuffed Panda bear] That's a very bitter woman.
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Connections

Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Adios Muchachos (I Get Ideas)
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Julio C. Sanders
Lyrics by César Felipe Vedani
Played by the band at the West Indies Club
Danced by Myrna Loy and Rafael Storm and other couples
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Not bad, but too many plot elements smother the comedy...
6 November 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This third entry in the series was the last to be based on the Dashiell Hammet stories. It starts out interestingly enough, with Nick and Nora asked to spend some time with C. AUBREY SMITH who's been receiving death threats from a gangster (SHELDON LEONARD). So far, so good. RUTH HUSSEY is the nanny for the newborn Nick, Jr. and we immediately think she knows more than she says about the events that follow.

When Smith is murdered, Nick and Nora have to solve another crime, going about it with more sobriety than usual. Among the many suspects are OTTO KRUGER, VIRGINIA GREY, TOM NEAL, PATRIC KNOWLES, MARJORIE MAIN and, of course, SHELDON LEONARD.

The formula is set, the ingredients are there, and if you love Powell and Loy in their Nick/Nora guise, you'll no doubt enjoy this one. The plot is no more convoluted than usual, but the main pleasure is enjoying the chemistry and wit of two of the screen's favorite sleuths.


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