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The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | January 1945 (USA)
Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick Charles
... Nora Charles
... Mrs. Charles
... Laurabelle Ronson (as Gloria De Haven)
... Crazy Mary
... Helena Draque
... Dr. Bertram Charles
... Edgar Draque
... Willie Crump
... Brogan
... Dr. Bruce Clayworth
... Hilda (as Anita Bolster)
Ralph Brooke ... Peter Berton
... Police Chief MacGregor
... Willoughby
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Nick and Nora head to Nick's hometown of Sycamore Springs to spend some time with his parents. His father, a prominent local physician, was always a bit disappointed with Nick's choice of profession in particular and his lifestyle in general. With Nick's arrival however the towns folk, including several of the local criminal element, are convinced that he must be there on a case despite his protestations that he's just there for rest and relaxation. When someone is shot dead on his doorstep however, Nick finds himself working on a case whether he wants to or not. Written by garykmcd

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Together again in M-G-M's riotous comedy. (Title lobby card).


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January 1945 (USA)  »

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The Thin Man's Rival  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wartime audiences would have been very familiar with the packed passenger train, including the standing room only, as trains moving troops and war materials had priority over civilians traveling by rail for non-essential reasons. See more »

Goofs

At the very end of the film Hilda the maid asks Nick for his autograph. She hands him a pad to sign and it looks like the film rewinds or it was not edited properly and appears she pushes it toward him and he pushes it back to her. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas 'Nick' Charles: Thank you very much. Goodbye, now.
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Nicholas 'Nick' Charles: I said goodbye, now.
Willie Crump: Goodbye - now? There's no sense to that? Obviously, it's now. I mean, you wouldn't say goodbye, tomorrow. Or, goodbye, two hours ago.
Nicholas 'Nick' Charles: You've got ahold of something there, brother.
Willie Crump: I've got ahold of some? I haven't got ahold of anything. And I'm not your brother!
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Deep In The Heart Of Texas
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Music by Don Swander (1941)
Lyrics by June Hershey (1941)
Sung a cappella by William Powell with improvised lyrics
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A delightful - and sober - Nick Charles returns to his hometown
5 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's 1945, the trains are packed with people, Asta doesn't remain hidden under Nora's fur coat so Nick, Nora and Asta end up in the baggage car as they travel to Nick's home town. And Nick is drinking only cider - his father never approved of drink. Thus begins, "The Thin Man Goes Home," made as the war was ending and a lot of people whose lives had changed were thinking about going home.

Nick, it turns out, has an uneasy relationship with his doctor dad because he himself never became a doctor. When the inevitable mystery arises around a murder, Nora wants Nick to solve it to impress his dad.

The fact is, the scripts of "The Thin Man" series never mattered. It was always the acting and interaction of William Powell and Myrna Loy, and here, as usual, they're great - loving, flippant, and funny. Since Nick is always falling on the floor or getting hit on the head, it's hard for anyone to believe he's sober. At a charity dance, in order to do some investigating, he gives his dance tickets to a sailor and Nora becomes his partner. The dance scene is hilarious as the sailor tosses Nora all over the place and swings her around with the kind of maneuvers you see in pair figure skating.

The war is still on so the story involves espionage. A very young Gloria de Haven does nicely as a self-consciously over-dramatic young woman; Harry Davenport and Lucile Watson are great as Nick's parents; and the later blacklisted Anne Revere does a fine job as Crazy Mary.

William Powell could read the phone book with class and humor; Loy looks beautiful and their teamwork has never been better. Highly recommended.


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