A newspaper man, his ignored fiancée, and his former employee, a down on his luck reporter, hatch an elaborate scheme to turn a false news story into the truth in order to prevent a high-society woman from suing for libel.
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
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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 »
In the shot where Nora finds Asta's bone in little Nicky's crib, you'll see Asta poke his head through the bars of the crib and grab the bone from his hand with his mouth. In the very next shot, Asta is sitting obediently as Nora gives him the bone again. See more »
Now, maybe I ought to know a little bit more about the ends-and-outs of what your doin'.
What's the matter? Losing confidence in me since I stopped that punch?
No. I haven't got that much sense.
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Another Thin Man is at times quite funny but is less a comedy than a screwball mystery, which is to say it is a nice little atmospheric whodunit with laughs, populated by an assortment of urban types and set largely on a Long Island estate.
The film is well-paced and has just a hint of the supernatural, which gives it at times an eerie flavor. Photographically it is darker in tone than its jollier predecessors despite the oftentimes comical goings-on.
The occasionally somber mood of the picture perhaps anticipates the coming of the world war, as there is an undercurrent of urgency and dread in the way its story is told that seems to come from outside the movie itself.
William Powell and Myrna Loy prove themselves once again to be the Fred and Ginger of detective movies.
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