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Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 17 November 1939 (USA)
An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in new parents Nick and Nora to sort things out.

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Colonel MacFay
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Dudley Horn
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Freddie
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Mrs. Bellam
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Phil Church
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'Diamond Back' Vogel
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'Creeps' Binder
William A. Poulsen ...
Nickie Jr.
Muriel Hutchison ...
Smitty
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Storyline

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 Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Return of the Thin Man  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two tragedies befell William Powell prior to the making of this movie: the unexpected death of his fiancée, Jean Harlow, and a difficult battle with colon cancer that required colon bypass surgery and new radiation treatments. Production of this film was delayed as a result, and Powell and Myrna Loy were given a standing ovation when he finally returned to join her on the set for filming. See more »

Goofs

After Creeps first meets Nick and Nora, his suspenders disappear when he moves into the baby's room. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Guild: Well, how are you Mr. Charles? Say, things sure pop when you're in town, don't they?
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Followed by Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Played at Nick Jr.'s birthday party
Sung by Frank Sully, Joe Devlin, Murray Alper, Frank Moran and other fathers
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A Deadly Trip To Long Island
2 November 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The third of the Thin Man films finds Nick and Nora out on Long Island answering a distress call from an old friend of Nora's father, C. Aubrey Smith. Sheldon Leonard went to prison and he's got the idea that Smith should have been there with him. He's making all kinds of threats against Smith and eventually Smith winds up dead. Three other deaths occur, two of the human and a dog (not Asta) before William Powell solves the mystery.

Another Thin Man boasts the usual tightly written script with a good group of plausible suspects, the ending I have to confess was a real surprise to me.

MGM always gave Powell and Loy a great group of supporting players to work with. Some of the ones I enjoyed here not previously mentioned were Virginia Grey as Smith's daughter, Harry Bellaver as one of Nick's old criminal cronies and Marjorie Main as a landlady who thinks she's seen it all.

Abner Biberman has an unusual role given the times. He's a hatchetfaced stone cold killer named 'Dum-Dum' who works for Sheldon Leonard and has a devotion to him that leans pretty heavily on the gay side. I'm not sure it could be explained any other way.

Myrna is her bright and cheery self aiding Powell more with moral support than assisting Powell with the case. It's what the audiences expected from The Thin Man films and in this they were not disappointed.


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