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.
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
When Peter Berton is standing in the doorway talking to Nick, when he speaks, the words come out, "You see, there's something I've gotta get off my mind." But the mouth movements indicate he said, "There's something I've gotta get off my chest." See more »
This is a very pleasant entry into "The Thin Man" series. I found it much less aggravating than the other stories simply because of the drinking and smoking factor.
Unbelievably, William Powell and Myrna Loy don't have a drop of alcohol to drink in the entire film, which is a refreshing change of pace. Hey, don't get me wrong - I love my beer, but I get tired of seeing these two think that alcohol is the answer to every situation. That gets old and stupid.
In this film it's just "Nick" and "Nora" solving a crime on their own and then - in Charlie Chan-type style - rounding up all the suspects in one room and exposing the criminal while explaining the case.
Generally, it's a fun movie with interesting characters. Don't look for a lot of action but you'll get a lot of laughs.
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