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After the Thin Man (1936)

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This second of MGM's Thin Man films reteams William Powell and Myrna Loy as, respectively, bibulous private detective Nick Charles and his socialite wife Nora. The Charleses are sucked into another murder case via Nick's lovely cousin Elissa Landi, whose husband Alan Marshall has vanished. Hubby has been conducting an affair with nightclub thrush Dorothy McNulty (later known as Penny Singleton) and is also blackmailing gangsterish Joseph Calleia. When the corpses begin piling up, Nick and Nora

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Aug 2, 2005

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (0) | DVD (5)

The two leading players seem to have a swell time throughout.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Surprisingly successful sequel to the delightful, Dashiell Hammett-based comedy-mystery, The Thin Man, with Powell and Loy as charmingly witty as ever.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If After the Thin Man is not quite the delight The Thin Man was, it is, at the very least, one of the most urbane comedies of the season.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The mystery elements amount to much less than Powell and Loy's effervescent interplay as the movies' most happily married couple.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The script is tight, the direction is swift and arresting, and the cast is tops -- MGM surrounded its two quipping stars with the best character actors on the lot.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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After the Thin Man boasts two things that the original lacks; a much more engaging caper, and a first-rate performance by a shockingly young Jimmy Stewart.

July 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

A good enough sequel to The Thin Man.

July 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Cute, though like its predecessor, more than a little dated.

August 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

In the view of many fans, After the Thin Man (1936) is the best episode in the series; and I can't say I disagree.

July 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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For some this funny, witty, well-acted sequel is better than the first picture in the series.

July 4, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The production gets extra points for its high Art Deco style and for settling back to let Powell and Loy carry the day.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Baltimore City Paper
Baltimore City Paper

A strong sequel with a most unusual villain.

April 4, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Superior sequel. Not up to the original, but close

August 22, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for After the Thin Man

"Nora, let's get something to eat, I'm thirsty."

A decent mystery and more knowing naughtiness with Mr. & Mrs Charles. Myrna's gowns are off the hook in this one.
July 9, 2007
brooklynspo

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A great sequel to The Thin Man, I recommend seeing the whole series they're all so good. This one has a very surprising performance from James Stewart.
September 6, 2010
ajv2688

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The sequel to The Thin Man finds Nick and Norah Charles on their way home to California after solving the east coast case (as seen in the first film). Nick thinks he's in for a restful respite after his New York adventure, but upon arriving home, Norah's cousin calls for help, desperate to find her missing husband. He is out running around with other women, and soon gets himself stuck in a blackmailing scheme. Much of this movie will seem familiar to those who've seen the first one, it follows the previously established formula very faithfully. We the audience are given a list of suspects, all with a possible motive for murder, and are allowed the fun of trying to figure out "who dun it". Myrna Loy and William Powell reprise their roles as the lovingly sophisticated and witty couple, and Powell's Nick is still a raging alcoholic (and of course Asta, their cute little dog is back, cuter than ever). Perhaps it's not quite as good as the first one (the dialogue is a little less risque and funny this time around), but there's enough laughs and surprises to make it well worth a watch.
July 17, 2009
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Devon Bott

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somebody has to be the bad guy...but who's it gonna be, hmmmm? i won't tell...
July 14, 2007
ApeneckFletcher

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    1. Nora Charles: You wouldn't know them, Darling. They're respectable.
    – Submitted by Frances H (6 months ago)
    1. Nora Charles: [last line as Nick gapes at Nora knitting baby booties] And you call yourslef a detective.
    – Submitted by Alexis S (2 years ago)
    1. Selma Landis: Goodnight Nick, and thanks so much for everything. I want to kiss you. [looks at Nora] May I?
    2. Nora Charles: Go right ahead. But I warn you, it's a hard habit to get out of.
    – Submitted by Alexis S (2 years ago)
    1. Nick Charles: I mean, did I ever tell you that you're the most fascinating woman this side of the Rockies?
    2. Nora Charles: Wait till you see me on the other side.
    – Submitted by Alexis S (2 years ago)
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