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Feature debut of Ava Gardner, who can be briefly glimpsed standing by Nick's car.
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The backdrop footage behind Nick and Nora after leaving the Bay Bridge traveling to the racetrack is authentic and rather historical, as one reared in the Bay Area can testify. They are driving the then new East Shore Highway, now known as the East Shore Freeway, formerly US40 now I-80.
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In 1941 the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had six lanes (approx. ten feet wide each) of traffic in both directions on the upper deck. The lower deck had three lanes for east-west truck traffic with the middle lane switching direction during the rush hours. Lower deck south side (now incorporated as two traffic lanes for a total of five lanes) was used until 1958 for commuter rail. In the 1960s upper deck became five 12-foot-wide lanes West and lower deck became five 12-foot-wide lanes easterly. The footage of Nick and Nora traveling East on the upper deck is not an error as some may have reported, but as the bridge looked and as was configured at the time photographed.
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Shot in just two weeks by director W.S. Van Dyke, living up to his nickname of "One-Take Woody".
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The 11th of 14 films pairing William Powell and Myrna Loy.
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Film debut of Barry Nelson
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This is one of only four films made by renowned acting teacher Stella Adler. Her most famous student was Marlon Brando.
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The fourth of six "Thin Man" movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, filmed August 3-late August 1941.
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The second time that William Powell has played a detective for at least four films, after starring as Philo Vance four times between 1929-33.
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Film debut of Sid Melton.
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While Nick is on the merry go round Nora writes him a note. She uses a variant spelling of phony. She spells it phoney.
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This film's American television debut took place in Chicago Wednesday 6 March 1957 on WBBM Channel 2.
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The "badger game" crime that Claire Porter is said of having been convicted of previously (and it's displayed on her fingerprint card), is a form of extortion or blackmail where the victim is usually tricked into a compromising position, often of a sexual nature.
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The only Thin Man film where one of the deaths (the jockey) is not a murder.
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