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Nick and Nora are at their wisecracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track.

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Nick Charles
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Nora Charles
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Paul Clarke
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Molly Ford
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Police Lt. Abrams
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'Whitey' Barrow
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Maj. Jason I. Sculley
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Nick Charles Jr. (as Dickie Hall)
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Claire Porter
Loring Smith ...
'Link' Stephens
Joseph Anthony ...
Fred Macy
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'Rainbow' Benny Lumis
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Stella
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Asta
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Second Coroner (uncredited)
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Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
Arthur Belasco ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Sheldon Bennett ...
Mario (uncredited)
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Paleface (uncredited)
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Counterman (uncredited)
Ted Billings ...
Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
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Fenster - Stephens' Attorney (uncredited)
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Buddy Burns - Jockey (uncredited)
Harry Burns ...
Greek Janitor (uncredited)
George Calliga ...
Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
Charles Calvert ...
Wrestling Referee (uncredited)
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Racetrack Security Guard (uncredited)
Ken Christy ...
Detective Bringing in Macy (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ...
Cop (uncredited)
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Woman in Cab (uncredited)
Noel Cravat ...
Baku - Chauffeur (uncredited)
Cliff Danielson ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Mug (uncredited)
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Barrow's Landlady (uncredited)
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Motorcycle Cop on Bridge (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Mug Starting Fight at Wrestling Match (uncredited)
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First Coroner (uncredited)
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Waiter at Mario's Grotto (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ...
Mug at Birthday Party (uncredited)
David Dornack ...
Lefty Rogan's Kid (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ...
Reporter at Racetrack (uncredited)
Bill Fisher ...
Watchman (uncredited)
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Cop Who Greets Nick at Racetrack (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ...
Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
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Passerby at Racetrack (uncredited)
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Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
Cardiff Giant ...
Bouncing Chuck Tschekov (uncredited)
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Lana - Spider Webb's Girl (uncredited)
Matt Gilman ...
Waiter with Steak (uncredited)
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Waiter with Steak (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ...
Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
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Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
Hardboiled Haggerty ...
Mug (uncredited)
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Policeman in Molly's Office (uncredited)
Arch Hendricks ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Bob Ireland ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Mike Michaels aka Jack the Ripper (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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'Meatballs' Murphy (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ...
Waiter Serving Benny (uncredited)
Hal Le Sueur ...
Reporter (uncredited)
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Pipey - at the Birthday Party (uncredited)
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Soft Drink Vendor (uncredited)
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Man in Mayor's Office (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Wrestling Match Spectator (uncredited)
Pat McKee ...
Handler (uncredited)
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Fingers (uncredited)
Patti Moore ...
Lefty Rogan's Wife (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Detective in Scully's Office (uncredited)
George Noisom ...
Jockey in Jockey Room (uncredited)
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Racetrack Attendant (uncredited)
Joe Oakie ...
Spider Webb (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
Paul Ravel ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Joey Ray ...
Stephens' Clerk (uncredited)
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Reporter in Abrams' Office (uncredited)
Jack Roper ...
Mug (uncredited)
Harry Semels ...
Italian at Wrestling Match Calling Nora's Hat 'Screwy' (uncredited)
Eddie Sim ...
Mug (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ...
Policeman (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Cab Driver (uncredited)
Dan Tobey ...
Ring Announcer (uncredited)
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Mug at the Birthday Party (uncredited)
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Luis - Waiter Pushing Sea Bass (uncredited)
Fred Walburn ...
First Kid on Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
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Mug Shoving Waiter / Racetrack Security Guard (uncredited)
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Maguire - Nervous Ticket Seller (uncredited)
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Valentine - Doorman at Mario's Grotto (uncredited)
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Henry - Racetrack Watchman (uncredited)

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

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Irving Brecher ... (screen play) and
Harry Kurnitz ... (screen play)
 
Harry Kurnitz ... (from a story by)
 
Dashiell Hammett ... (based upon characters created by)

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Hunt Stromberg ... producer

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David Snell ... (musical score)

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William H. Daniels ... director of photography (as William Daniels)

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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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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

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Robert Kalloch ... (gowns) (as Kalloch)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tom Andre ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Paul Groesse ... associate art director

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
Bill Edmondson ... boom operator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Lennie Hayton ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Nick and Nora's hopes for a pleasant afternoon at the local race track are dashed when a jockey is found shot dead in the locker room. Nick's friend Lt. Abrams wants him to help out but Nick is enjoying the good life too much to get involved. However, he is subsequently approached by Major Scully to look into corruption and the role of organized crime in gambling. Others are killed but in the end, Nick gathers all of the suspects into a room and identifies the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Hey everybody, my folks are back on the trail of the dog-gondest mystery you ever saw! They're Wackier Than Ever! See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'ombre de l'introuvable (France)
  • La sombra del hombre delgado (Spain)
  • La sombra de los acusados (Spain)
  • Pettävä varjo kummittelee (Finland)
  • La sombra de los acusados (Argentina)
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Trivia In 1941 the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had six lanes (approx. ten feet wide each) of traffic in both directions on the upper deck. The lower deck had three lanes for east-west truck traffic with the middle lane switching direction during the rush hours. Lower deck south side (now incorporated as two traffic lanes for a total of five lanes) was used until 1958 for commuter rail. In the 1960s upper deck became five 12-foot-wide lanes West and lower deck became five 12-foot-wide lanes easterly. The footage of Nick and Nora traveling East on the upper deck is not an error as some may have reported, but as the bridge looked and as was configured at the time photographed. See more »
Goofs When Nick returns to the locker room at the race track, and Asta is scared off by the black kitten, Nick passes an office. You can see a man in the reflection of the window. He is wearing a white shirt and appears to be giving hand commands to Asta. His movements mimic Nick's at first, but when Nick turns to head for the shower room, the man in the white shirt stays in the same position. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (1991). See more »
Quotes Estrellita: Ma'am, did he hear that or did he smell it?
Nora Charles: That's Mr. Charles, isn't it?
Estrellita: Yes'm.
Nora Charles: This is a cocktail, isn't it?
Estrellita: Yes'm.
Nora Charles: They'll get together.
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