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After the Thin Man (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 25 December 1936 (USA)
Nick investigates the case of a missing man and later a murder that is connected to Nora's family.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screen play), Albert Hackett (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Nick Charles
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
James Stewart ... David Graham
Elissa Landi ... Selma Landis
Joseph Calleia ... 'Dancer'
Jessie Ralph ... Aunt Katherine Forrest
Alan Marshal ... Robert Landis (as Alan Marshall)
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Casper
Sam Levene ... Police Lt. Abrams
Penny Singleton ... Polly Byrnes (as Dorothy McNulty)
William Law William Law ... Lum Kee
George Zucco ... Dr. Kammer
Paul Fix ... Phil
Asta ... Asta
Mrs. Asta Mrs. Asta ... Mrs. Asta
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Storyline

Now back in San Francisco after their holiday in New York, Nick and Nora find themselves trying to solve another mystery. It's New Year's Eve and they are summoned to dinner at Nora's elderly, and very aristocratic, family. There they find that cousin Selma's husband Robert has been missing for three days. Nick reluctantly agrees to look for him but the case takes a twist when Robert is shot and Selma is accused of murder. Several other murders occur but eventually Nick gathers everyone into the same room to reveal the identity of the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Continuing the fun in their NEW hit! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

After the Thin Man See more »

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Budget:

$683,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Stewart (David Graham) and Sam Levene (Police Lt. Abrams) would later appear together in The Shopworn Angel (1938). See more »

Goofs

When Penny Singleton is doing her number with all of the dancing girls, just before the girls come out, she backs up into the bandstand and almost falls backward. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nora Charles: [on a train] Nickie! Nickie! What are you doing?
Nick Charles: [shaving] Just practicing, dear. Will you have a little slice of throat?
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Followed by Another Thin Man (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Blow That Horn
(1936)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Played by the band at the Lichee restaurant
Sung and danced to by Penny Singleton (uncredited) and chorus
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Handling It In The Family
11 November 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After solving the famous Thin Man case in New York and acquiring a trademark in the process, Nick Charles returns to San Francisco with wife Nora to spend some time with some of her family. As we learned in the initial film, Myrna Loy's parents are both deceased, but she's got one formidable aunt is Jessie Ralph and a cousin with a wayward husband in Elissa Landi.

Elissa prevails upon Myrna to get Bill to locate her husband who's been missing for a few days. Powell and Loy do locate Alan Marshal the husband and the rat's been living it up with nightclub chanteuse Penny Singleton. Marshal's a playboy wastrel and hasn't the slightest intention of returning to home and hearth. But in the wee small hours of New Year's Day, he gets himself murdered on the streets of San Francisco and two more bodies turn up before William Powell solves the case.

James Stewart appears in this second Thin Man film as Landi's patient former boyfriend. In the films of James Stewart book, Stewart mentions that he wasn't particularly happy with his work in this film though I'm sure it didn't hurt his career any. He felt it was way too much at variance with what his fans expected from him. It's reason enough to watch the film and see if you agree with Jimmy.

Sam Levene of the San Francisco PD isn't any brighter than Nat Pendleton of the NYPD just a little more excitable. Powell shows them up all the time so much so that you wonder why he's not made police commissioner of either city.

Asta the most famous terrier in the world gets a bit more screen time than usual for animal lovers. He's got a Mrs. Asta and several pups and a black dog who keeps trying to cut in on his time. He also at one point provides the highpoint in comedy as he almost eats a clue which is in the form of a note thrown threw a window. Lots of fun as Powell and Loy try to get him to spit out the note. Handling that doggie drool soaked note musn't have been fun for Loy and Powell.

After the Thin Man keeps up the high standards in film making set by the original Thin Man and shouldn't be missed.


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