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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | November 1941 (USA)
Nick and Nora are at their wisecracking best as they investigate murder and racketeering at a local race track.

Director:

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

Writers:

Irving Brecher (screen play), Harry Kurnitz (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Nick Charles
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
Barry Nelson ... Paul Clarke
Donna Reed ... Molly Ford
Sam Levene ... Police Lt. Abrams
Alan Baxter ... 'Whitey' Barrow
Henry O'Neill ... Maj. Jason I. Sculley
Richard Hall ... Nick Charles Jr. (as Dickie Hall)
Stella Adler ... Claire Porter
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... 'Link' Stephens
Joseph Anthony Joseph Anthony ... Fred Macy
Lou Lubin ... 'Rainbow' Benny Lumis
Louise Beavers ... Stella
Asta ... Asta
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Storyline

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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Hey everybody, my folks are back on the trail of the dog-gondest mystery you ever saw! They're Wackier Than Ever! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'ombra dell'uomo ombra See more »

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Budget:

$821,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Barry Nelson See more »

Goofs

When pulled over by the cop on the Bay Bridge, it shows two-way traffic on the top deck of the bridge. This is wrong now, but was correct at the time the movie was made. See more »

Quotes

Nora Charles: Hey, what about me? I mean us?
Nick Charles: Oh, this is a stag. Look, Mommy, you drink up some of your winnings. Ah, barkeeper, eh, bring Mrs. Charles 240 martinis, eh, we won't be long.
Nora Charles: I've heard that before. Come on, Molly.
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References After the Thin Man (1936) See more »

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nothing particularly new here, but still pretty good
4 May 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the fourth of the THIN MAN movies. As you would expect, the earliest of these movies are the best, as the originality of the series began to wane by the 4th movie. Regardless, it's still high quality series entertainment and is well worth watching. Unfortunately, in addition to being less "fresh", the witty dialog also seems a little less witty--I just didn't laugh as much with this outing as the others--even the later episodes. So the final verdict is that this is a decent but not great entry in the series. If you haven't seen the first ones, see them first. If you see this one first, the movies might seem just a bit mediocre--bear with it they are wonderfully fun movies.


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