After the Thin Man Reviews
June 3, 2014
almost as good as the first <3
June 29, 2014
Pretty good follow-up to 'The Thin Man', but not as clever, or twisty plot-wise. Stars William Powell and Myrna Loy still have great chemistry together. Also features a young Jimmy Stewart, and a pre-'Blondie' (and pre-blonde) Dorothy McNulty AKA Penny Singleton.
June 2, 2014
This sequel to "The Thin Man" manages to preserve most of what made the first film so appealing. William Powell and Myrna Loy have wonderful chemistry, and although the mystery isn't very compelling (the killer is exactly who you think it is), their light, comedic interplay is what you come to the film for anyway. Asta gets his own plot line here ... and it involves betrayal and canine infidelity! A very young Jimmy Stewart has a very atypical role here. The movie ends with a stinger that points to the domesticity that makes later entires in this serious inferior.
March 17, 2014
One of the few films where Jimmy Stewart plays a tarnished character. Skippy, portraying Asta, nearly steals the show - as only he should!
March 16, 2014
Nothing like The Thin Man movies for snappy dialogue and really neat mysteries. This one even has Jimmy Stewart's first role. How much better can it get?
November 22, 2013
One of those rare sequels where it is as good, if not better than the original. Nick and Nora are back on the case the two haven't missed a step. The plot gets personal as Nick's cousin's lover disappears. Despite the darker tone, the humor is still light and witty and once again, the finale is what makes these Thin Man movies so great. It has a great cast, including a young Jimmy Stewart, and an engaging murder/mystery plot that will have you guessing until the very end.
January 2, 2010
Gave this another look the other afternoon and I have to confirm: This is such a fun series, and one that holds up amazingly well.
In a terrific sequel to the original film, the Charles' arrive home in California and are immediately drawn into another mystery.
Well worth a look and maintains the snappy dialog and chemistry between our leads.
April 8, 2013
Nick and Nora and their hectic New Year's Eve and beyond--Sparkling Follow-Up!!
March 16, 2013
The Origins of the Heiress
It's funny, if you think about it. This is the second film. There are six in the series altogether. In this second one, we follow Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy) as they return to her home. It would be two more movies before we followed Nick home, and in theory, he's the main character. We know, in the first one, that Nora is an heiress, that Nick doesn't ever have to work again at anything more complicated than making sure her money is there. He's a former cop, too. We know that from the beginning as well. And in every movie, he encounters someone or other he's sent to prison, or in this case the brother of someone he sent to prison. However, we don't learn about his family until after we've encountered hers. I think this is because he's more shaped by his past work, and she doesn't have any. She went from being an heiress to being Mrs. Charles with no employment in between, as was sort of expected of her.
Nick and Nora have returned to her hometown of San Francisco. It's New Year's Eve, and their plan is to spend it in bed together. They mostly talk about sleep, but that can't be all they have in mind. However, her Aunt Katherine (Jessie Ralph) summons. Her cousin, Selma Landis (Elissa Landi), married badly, and Selma's husband, Robert (Alan Marshal), had disappeared. The family has decided that, if they must have a detective in the family, they might as well use him. Only Nick and Nora spot Robert at a nightclub/Chinese restaurant, and Nora asks Robert to go home. Only Robert has other plans. He has persuaded David Graham (a young James Stewart) to pay him twenty-five thousand dollars to leave Selma, who used to be engaged to David. And then, as all this goes on, Robert is murdered. Selma is the obvious suspect, of course. It doesn't help that David threw away her gun. And, as is so often the case in these movies, there are more bodies to come.
It strikes me that no one in the piece seems to care about Selma as a person except Nora. Nick cares about her as "Nora's cousin." Aunt Katherine and the others care about her as part of the family and its honour. Robert cares about her money. David? Even without getting into spoilers, and be aware that Graham and I have some dispute about how believable the ending is, if David really thought of Selma as a person with her own thoughts and feelings, he wouldn't have made the offer to Robert that he did. He was, when you get right down to it, offering to buy Selma. Yes, as Nick and Nora agreed, you could rather get up a collection to make Robert go away, and a lot of people would have contributed to it. Nick and Nora, for example. However, Nick and Nora know that Selma has her own decisions to make, and if she doesn't, she'll just resent anyone who tries to force it on her. David . . . turns out to have his own issues, but anyway no one would ever buy anyone they thought of as a full person.
I think perhaps the point of this one, insomuch as there is a point, is that you can never truly know what's going on inside another person's head. One of the characters we ware meant to see as shadowy and sinister turns out to really like Nick and consider something Nick did in the past to have been a great favour. Another character has been harbouring resentments he will not show. Some characters who appear to be in it for love are in it for money and vice versa. Yes, Robert is a fairly unpleasant and unsalvageable character, and we aren't supposed to see him as anything else. That being said, one of the characters we really are supposed to like turns out to have a darker nature than anything in the film leading up to it could suggest. (Which is why Graham doesn't like the ending; he finds it unbelievable. I find it all too believable and think the actor does a superb job, better than in many of his better-known movies.) And there's Nora's conflict between being who her family wants and her own thrill in the chase.
The series as a whole was nominated for five Oscars. The first movie was nominated for four, all of which it lost to [i]It Happened One Night[/i]. (Myrna Loy wasn't nominated, which is a bit of a shame, really. It's because there were only three nominees in the category that year, I'm sure.) This lost to [i]The Story of Louis Pasteur[/i] for screenplay. I have not seen [i]The Story of Louis Pasteur[/i], but I do know that biopics of that era are almost universally bad. Actually, it's the only one of the five nominees that I haven't seen. As is typical of the category, most of the nominees were comedy. It's the one field where the Academy generally acknowledges the challenges of comedy. However, while comedies are much more likely to be nominated in the writing categories, they aren't as likely to actually win. Oh, sure, these are only sort of comedies, but the comedy is at least as important as the mystery.
March 12, 2013
Simply not wonderful like the first thin man!
January 2, 2013
I know these are supposed to be cute & funny and all, but has anyone noticed the pathological & diseased alcoholism?
Shockingly evil villain.
December 18, 2012
Interesting twists and appealing (as ever) main characters. It's hard not to like the "Thin Man" series.
December 17, 2012
# 2 in this series makes me wonder why MGM waited 2 years 2 follow up the hugely successful first thin man.
December 3, 2012
Fun, humored murder mystery.
September 15, 2012
I love detective/noir fiction, even if it is hilarious! I've tried all my life to be half as charming and witty as Nick Charles! My major complaint about special effects in movies today is that people use them, for the most part, to replace well written dialog.
July 24, 2012
It's safe to say that the second installment in the series actually surpassed the first one. The socialite couple is investigating another murder case, which seems to be even more demanding than before. What's great about this movie is it's newfound freshness and a young James Stewart in the most unusual role. Highly recommended.
May 27, 2012
August 25, Union Square :)
February 18, 2012
Our recent trip to see The Artist got me nostalgic for some classic cinema so I decided to sit down with one of my favorites, After the Thin Man. The second movie in the the Thin Man series based on the book by Dashiell Hammett.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the series, it was very popular in the 1930's and they eventually made six films in all. It featured Willam Powell as Nick Charles, a retired detective from New York who has settled into a life of leisure after marrying a wealthy heiress named Nora (Myrna Loy). Despite being retired Nick finds himself being dragged into various investigations.
In After the Thin Man, Nick and Nora have just returned from New York to their home in San Francisco. As soon as they arrive they are asked to attend a dinner party at Nora's aunts house. While at the party, Nick finds out that they were asked there to look into the whereabouts of Nora's cousins husband (Robert). He has been missing for several days and Nora's cousin (Selma) thinks he might be out having an affair.
Nick and Nora locate Robert and soon discover that he is up to no good. Robert is having an affair with a night club singer and is planning to extort money from David, a wealthy business man who has always loved Selma, and would love to have Robert out of the way. Robert promises to move away and leave Selma to David if he pays him $25,000.
Robert has pushed his luck a little too far though and he winds up on the wrong side of dead. Now, Selma is the number 1 suspect and Nick and Nora have to find out who the real killer was.
The plot sounds a little bit more convoluted than it really is. The movie plays out like a pretty typical who dunnit right down to the final scene where all the murder suspects are brought together in the same room so the killer can be revealed. What made this movie and all the Thin Man movies great was the chemistry between the two leads. William Powell and Myrna Loy play off each other so well that many people assumed they were married in real life. The thin man concept has been duplicated many times on TV. Show's like Hart to Hart, Remington Steele, and Moonlighting all tried to play off a similar theme.
There are a couple of other things worth checking out in this one as well. Jimmy Stewart is in the movie in one of his very early roles. Also, check out Asta the Charles family dog. You should be able to see where the idea for the dog in the artist came from.
If you have never seen any of these films I recommend checking out the original The Thin Man first and then trying out some of sequels but, After the Thin Man definitely stand out on its own as true classic.
February 17, 2012
Terrific sequel to the original movie.