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Another Thin Man (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 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.


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


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Nick Charles
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
Virginia Grey ... Lois MacFay
Otto Kruger ... Van Slack
C. Aubrey Smith ... Colonel MacFay
Ruth Hussey ... Dorothy Waters
Nat Pendleton ... Lieutenant Guild
Patric Knowles ... Dudley Horn
Tom Neal ... Freddie
Phyllis Gordon ... Mrs. Bellam
Sheldon Leonard ... Phil Church
Don Costello ... 'Diamond Back' Vogel
Harry Bellaver ... 'Creeps' Binder
William A. Poulsen William A. Poulsen ... Nickie Jr.
Muriel Hutchison ... Smitty
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This film received its initial television broadcast in Philadelphia Monday 25 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Cincinnati 2 March 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), by Kansas City MO 6 March 1957 on KCMO (Channel 5, by New Haven CT 7 March 1957 on WQNHC (Channel 8), by Chicago 12 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Altoona PA 14 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by New York City 16 March 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by Seattle 21 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5); but its first Los Angeles telecast did not take place until 14 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 7 August 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Minneapolis 7 June 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11). See more »


Keep a close eye on the steamer trunks at the train station in the opening scene. Three large all-white trunks are transported from the station to the hotel room where Nick and Nora are staying, but when the delivery men bring the white trunks into the room, they place them next to two more steamer trunks which are already there, and these are a darker color with several strips. At the 5:30 mark, Nora begins to struggle with the latches on one of the darker trunks with strips, but when Nick comes to her aid, the trunk is suddenly one of the white ones! Thirty seconds later, after the chauffeur comes in, the trunk is the dark one with the strips again, and the white trunks are well off to the left. See more »


Smitty: Why, you big ape!
Van Slack: What's the answer?
'Diamond Back' Vogel: Her husband's a pal of mine. He's been hanging on the wall of state. You know how those guys get to worryin'. I've been sort of keepin' an eye on her for him.
Smitty: So, that's what's been going on.
'Diamond Back' Vogel: What do you think has been going on? You don't think I've been hanging around because I was nuts about you, do you?
[to Van Slack]
'Diamond Back' Vogel: I hear Church is going away? For all I know this cluck might think she's going with him.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »


Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Played on a radio in Linda Mills' apartment
Reprised at Nick Jr.'s birthday party
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Screwball Mystery
12 August 2001 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

Another Thin Man is at times quite funny but is less a comedy than a screwball mystery, which is to say it is a nice little atmospheric whodunit with laughs, populated by an assortment of urban types and set largely on a Long Island estate.

The film is well-paced and has just a hint of the supernatural, which gives it at times an eerie flavor. Photographically it is darker in tone than its jollier predecessors despite the oftentimes comical goings-on.

The occasionally somber mood of the picture perhaps anticipates the coming of the world war, as there is an undercurrent of urgency and dread in the way its story is told that seems to come from outside the movie itself.

William Powell and Myrna Loy prove themselves once again to be the Fred and Ginger of detective movies.

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Release Date:

17 November 1939 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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