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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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Taglines:

Continuing the fun in their NEW hit! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Comédia dos Acusados See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$683,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film marks the first instance of puppy dog adultery in the history of cinema. See more »

Goofs

As Nick shines his pen-light on the names outside the apartment building, the light falling on the wall is out of sync with his movements. 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

Featured in Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Dreams
(1936)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played by the band and sung by Penny Singleton (uncredited) at the Lichee Restaurant
Reprised by Penny Singleton (uncredited) offscreen
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Excellent
6 November 1999 | by reve-2See all my reviews

Although this film was released in 1936, it is as entertaining and fresh today as ever, and is certainly much better than any of the over-long and over-produced movies that Hollywood produces today. This is the second in the excellent "Thin Man" series and the viewer can see that the series is really in full stride. The delightful cast of street types who are old friends and cronies of Nick's are a joy to watch. The interplay between William Powell and Myrna Loy has never been matched and is to be treasured. What a great surprise for me to see Penny Singelton, who later played "Blondie" in that long running series. Ms. Singelton sings and dances up a storm as a cabaret performer and she is an integral character in the plot of this engrossing "whodunnit". Another nice surprise for me was seeing Jimmy Stewart in one of his earlier roles. He definitely had leading man type looks. As per usual, Powell, as Nick Charles, unmasks the murderer in the climatic scene where all suspects, the police, and assorted others are present. In most movies, I tend to find pets rather annoying as they distract from the plot of the film. But, for me, Asta is the one exception to this thesis. He is so entertaining and no Thin Man movie would be complete without his antics. In summary, all I can say is that this is a SUPERB film. Catch it on Turner Classic Movies or find a video at your' favorite store or online retailer.


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