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Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Musical | September 1947 (USA)
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Nick and Nora investigate the murder of a bandleader in New York.


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Steve Fisher (screen play), Nat Perrin (screen play) | 4 more credits »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Nick Charles
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
Keenan Wynn ... Clarence 'Clinker' Krause
Dean Stockwell ... Nick Charles Jr.
Phillip Reed ... Tommy Edlon Drake (as Philip Reed)
Patricia Morison ... Phyllis Talbin
Leon Ames ... Mitchell Talbin
Gloria Grahame ... Fran Ledue Page
Jayne Meadows ... Janet Thayar
Ralph Morgan ... David I. Thayar
Bess Flowers ... Jessica Thayar
Don Taylor ... Buddy Hollis
Warner Anderson ... Dr. Monolaw
Bruce Cowling ... Phil Orval Brant
Connie Gilchrist ... Bertha


Nick and Nora Charles are asked by Phil Brant and Janet Thayar, who have just eloped, to help them after band leader Tommy Drake is killed at a society dance which Nick and Nora also attended. The police are looking to arrest Brant for the murder and while he claims he's innocent, Nick isn't too keen on having him in the house and turns him over to the police. As they look into the case, Nick and Nora learn that Drake wasn't very well liked and there are actually several people who benefited from his death. Drake owed money to loan shark Al Amboy, and Janet's father disliked Brant and may have set him up. Drake's girlfriend may have been having a fling with clarinetist Buddy Hollis, and he and Drake had a fist fight on stage during the festivities. Nick arranges for another party on the same boat where Nora notices something quite peculiar about one of the guest's jewelry. Written by garykmcd

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WILLIAM POWELL and MYRNA LOY and me too. We're all together again in a NEW MGM mystery comedy! [me too refers to their (Nick & Noras') dog in the film]


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Release Date:

September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Canção dos Acusados See more »


Box Office


$1,670,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last film for Myrna Loy at MGM, where she had made the majority of her films since the 1930s. In her autobiography she stated this picture was a "lackluster finish to a great series", and that she "hated" it. See more »


There is a huge ventilation duct in the ballroom on the ship. These ducts are on deck and never within an interior space. See more »


Clarence 'Clinker' Krause: It's Fran! Fran Page, Hollis' old flame.
Nick Charles: Unless I got my photographs mixed, she had a fire left over for Mr. Drake too.
Clarence 'Clinker' Krause: Yeah, the 88 man grabbed her off and then he give her the Fuller.
Nick Charles: The Fuller?
Nora Charles: The brush. The brush.
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Spun-off from The Thin Man (1934) See more »


Oh Where, O Where Ish My Little Dog Gone?
Child's song composed by Septimus Winner in 1864 originally written in German
strains are part of background music
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An Often Amusing If Unremarkable Finale
12 September 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

While it probably doesn't offer as much as most of the earlier movies in the series, "Song Of the Thin Man" is nevertheless a pleasant finale to the classic series. It has the usual blend of wit, oddly assorted characters, and mystery, with a solid supporting cast led by Keenan Wynn.

The story uses the now-familiar setup of Nick getting drawn into a mystery against his will. This time, it uses the jazz scene as the backdrop, and while the setting is not always used to its potential, it does allow Wynn some good moments that he makes use of. Wynn usually plays off of Powell and Loy rather well. Most of the rest of the cast does well when they get the chance, and Don Taylor works as a more serious, troubled character who is important to the story.

You can tell that they were running out of truly new ideas for the series, yet in another sense the series got an impressive amount of mileage from the format. This last movie may offer little that is new, but it is enjoyable as light entertainment.

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