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The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | January 1945 (USA)
Nick and Nora visit Nick's hometown, and end up involved in a murder.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screen play), Dwight Taylor (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Nick Charles
Myrna Loy ... Nora Charles
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Charles
Gloria DeHaven ... Laurabelle Ronson (as Gloria De Haven)
Anne Revere ... Crazy Mary
Helen Vinson ... Helena Draque
Harry Davenport ... Dr. Bertram Charles
Leon Ames ... Edgar Draque
Donald Meek ... Willie Crump
Edward Brophy ... Brogan
Lloyd Corrigan ... Dr. Bruce Clayworth
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Hilda (as Anita Bolster)
Ralph Brooke Ralph Brooke ... Peter Berton
Donald MacBride ... Police Chief MacGregor
Morris Ankrum ... Willoughby
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Storyline

Nick and Nora head to Nick's hometown of Sycamore Springs to spend some time with his parents. His father, a prominent local physician, was always a bit disappointed with Nick's choice of profession in particular and his lifestyle in general. With Nick's arrival however the towns folk, including several of the local criminal element, are convinced that he must be there on a case despite his protestations that he's just there for rest and relaxation. When someone is shot dead on his doorstep however, Nick finds himself working on a case whether he wants to or not. Written by garykmcd

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Together again in M-G-M's riotous comedy. (Title lobby card).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thin Man's Rival See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leon Ames and Harry Davenport also appeared together the same year in Meet Me in St Louis (1944). See more »

Goofs

In the gift shop scene, Willie Crump, played by Donald Meek, has an obvious rip in the sleeve hem of his jacket, on the back right shoulder. His white shirt shows through. It can be seen as he gets up from having his head inside the display case. See more »

Quotes

Brogan: Well, cut off my legs and call me Shorty.
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Follows Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Oaken Bucket
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Lyrics by Samuel Woodworth
Music by George F. Kiallmark
Performed by William Powell
[Powell sings the first line of the song then continues with "Deep in the Heart of Texas"]
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So good I popped my vest buttons!
29 April 2004 | by AbeStreetSee all my reviews

This is the fourth sequel to the 1934 smash hit THE THIN MAN. Just when I would have thought the series was dead the producers and writers were able to add life to the franchise.

Nick goes home and of course gets dragged into another murder mystery. Nora, who by now should no longer be curious to see Nick solve a mystery, tries to get Nick to solve a murder mystery so he can impress his father the medical doctor. Nick's father had always hoped his son would have become a doctor and when Nick became a cop and then detective he looked down on him. As far as the mystery goes it follows the typical THIN MAN formula. A bunch of suspects are introduced and in the end Nick rounds them all up and reveals the killer.

The comedy is better than ever. Rather than have Nick always drinking and having jokes centered around his drinking Nick is now sober. The jokes are even funnier because everyone believes he is still a drunk and he just can't convince them otherwise. The scene in his Dad's parlor is hilarious. Nick is stone sober but due to a series of mishaps he is on the floor and appears to all to be drunk as ever. Also, when Nick recounts his childhood to Nora and tells her of his trips to the wood shed that brings back memories of my childhood and trips to the wood shed.

This is my second favorite THIN MAN movie. Right behind AFTER THE THIN MAN and just before the original THIN MAN. It is an almost perfect blend of mystery and comedy.


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