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Another Thin Man Reviews

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AJ V

Super Reviewer

September 5, 2010
Although the Thin Man movies get more predictable as the series goes on, the third movie is still a good movie, it's very funny.
Mr Awesome
Mr Awesome

Super Reviewer

July 31, 2009
The third in the Thin Man series also comes up third in quality. Nick and Nora go out to Long Island to visit the manager of Nora's father's finances, because he's worried about a former employees threats. Former employee Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard) claims that if he dreams about a person 3 times, that person winds up dead. Sure enough, the old man winds up dead, and it's Church who is the prime suspect. Things only get more convoluted from here, as the detectives hunt down Church and his gang. If you've seen the previous two Thin Man movies, it's fairly easy to spot the murderer early on, as a formula seems to be developing. They also seem to be running out of gags to do with the dog, Asta. At one point, and for no apparent reason, the dog does a backwards flip while walking towards the stairs, in what appears to be cuteness for cuteness' sake. Speaking of cuteness for cuteness' sake, a baby has been added to Nick and Nora's life, although it plays a very minor role in the proceedings (just at the end). There's still some great dialogue here, though I find it odd when characters who appear to be good, are suddenly found out to be bad, and their manner of speaking changes from erudite to bowery in a matter of seconds. Very odd indeed, see. If youz mugs are in da mood fer a old-fashioned "who-done-it?", you'd best stick wit the foist two movies, see. But if youz arredy seen em, and ya needz yer fix o' flatfeets and gumheels, with hot petunias and dames wit heaters under their jalopies, i guess dis is bettah dan nuttin.
Michael G

Super Reviewer

May 22, 2007
I was expecting this to really suck considering that sticking a kid into the mix of a series usually spells its doom. But fortunately Nickie jr. is treated more like an accessory than a character. The action gets brought back to New York and Shemp from the Three Stooges has a small part. It's a little shy of the second Thin Man but not by much. It shouldn't disappoint if you're on the fence..
neffielee
neffielee

Super Reviewer

January 3, 2010
Oh, how I love Powell and Loy; especially together. This is the fourth of the Thin Man series that I've seen, and so far, it was probably my least favorite. The formula is still there (mystery, comedy, and charm) and works quite well, but something felt off. According to Robert Osborne, this was William Powell's first movie in two years; as he had taken off for illness and the death of his beloved, Jean Harlow. Perhaps, he was off his game a little? It's still a delight to watch, as you can never go wrong with Loy and Powell.
November 22, 2013
This third entry in the popular Thin Man series gets a little more silly, but William Powell and Myrna Loy still have that charm. It's the same old whodunit with Nick searching for clues and the killer not being anyone suspected. The addition of Nick and Nora's son makes the film more family orientated, but there is still a lot of detective work to be had.

Grade: B+
January 2, 2010
Gave this one a re-watch: these films are fast becoming an old stand-by as far as something to put on for background noise that I can drift in and out of.

Introducing the son of everyone's favorite sleuth couple, this film finds the family in the middle of yet another murder mystery.

Well worth a look folks, the chemistry is always wonderful and Nora becomes more involved in the case this time around.

Recommended.
August 11, 2007
Nora Charles: How did you find me here?
Nick Charles: I saw a great group of men standing around a table. I knew there was only one woman in the world who could attract men like that. A woman with a lot of money.

Always with the great comeback lines, and his co-star loaded with her own ammo of lines to fire back.

William Powell as Nick Charles and Myrna Loy as Nora Charles continue their comedy detective story, with now their own kid.
Nowhere else would you find a perfect duo to deliver such memorable lines!
rickrudge
April 15, 2010
Another Thin Man (1939)

Here's the third in the Thin Man series of mysteries.

And, they're on another very slow train ride for the Charles family. In the end of the last movie, on the train from San Francisco, Nora (Myrna Loy) tells Nick (William Powell) that she's expecting, and by the time they reach New York, (in this sequel) little Nick Jr. is already born and celebrating his first birthday. Wow! I know Amtrak is slow, but not that slow.

In this film, the Charles family business manager, Colonel Burr MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith) has called Nick and Nora to his house to investigate some threats he's been getting by an old partner, Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard). Colonel MacFay did him dirt and had him sent-up for prison. Now Phil is out and the Colonel is getting pretty nervous.

One night there's a shot and the Colonel is found dead in his bed. Not only is Phil and his right hand man, the knife-wielding Cuban, Dum-Dum (Abner Biberman) but many of the people in the MacFay household are possible suspects. Nat Pendleton is back as Lieutenant Guild and there are plenty of young actors that went onto bigger and better things, like, Virginia Grey, Ruth Hussey, Shemp Howard, and Patric Knowles.

Naturally, like in all the Thin Man movies, all of the suspects gather together in the finale where Nick puts all the pieces of the puzzle together.
January 19, 2009
As murder mysteries go, it was pretty mediocre, but Nick and Nora are so great together and play off of each other so well, it was still incredibly easy to watch. Please note that, yes, this is exactly the same review as I wrote for The Thin Man. With these, you've seen one, you've seen them all - but they're fun anyway. 1
Suela
October 13, 2008
AAHH! Nick and Nora Charles! No better team than Myrna and William...oh Imma go watch it now. That's right I owe them ALL. HA!
gillianren
August 3, 2013
Keeping Murder in the Family

Someone actually observes in this movie that murders and pretty girls seem to follow Nick Charles (William Powell) wherever he goes. I actually have a perverse fondness for that kind of self-reference in detective fiction, especially when the detective either isn't a professional or else is and is still as likely as not to just sort of stumble over a body somewhere. The second sheriff on [i]Murder, She Wrote[/i] made the observation once, and the cops on [i]Detective Conan[/i] have made the observation repeatedly. I mean, it is a fair point, isn't it? The more so with [i]Detective Conan[/i], which is starting to reach the point where you wonder if anyone in Japan is left not dead, in prison, or a cop. [i]Murder, She Wrote[/i] lasted twelve seasons, which is a lot, but [i]Detective Conan[/i]
has about seven hundred episodes. This is, what, the third [i]Thin Man[/i] movie? And most of them take place in big cities.

Nick and Nora (Myrna Loy) are home from San Francisco, back in New York. They have brought their baby, Nickie Junior (William A. Poulsen). They are called out to Long Island to see Colonel MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith), who had been a partner of Nora's father's and still has something to do with Nora's fortune. Naturally, the colonel is murdered. The first suspect is Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard), who says that, if he dreams someone's death three times, the person dies. Not, of course, that Phil himself kills them. But he dreamed the colonel's death three times, he says, and now, the colonel is dead. As usual, Nick ends up investigating the murder, whether he wants to or not. Nora, on the other hand, is enthusiastic about the idea of investigating the murder, and she's actually starting to get better at it. Not as good as Nick, but you know, that's the difference between a cop and an heiress. And the plot does tend to thicken.

One of the things I really like about these movies is the relationship between Nick and Nora. Okay, yes, they frequently pretend that they don't love each other--that they mostly just put up with each other. Nick pretends to have married Nora for her money, and it's hard to say why Nora married Nick, if you listen to them. On the other hand, a cop tries to make Nora jealous of Nick's past, and while she seems more curious than anything else, she spends the entire rest of the movie dropping the names the cop dropped to her, apparently in the hopes of getting Nick's side. When they run into each other in a nightclub, having gotten there independently while following two separate leads, he scares of a bevy of young men by asking if she's really supposed to be out of quarantine. Nora, gamely, goes along with it. After all, aside from the person who's got a lead for her, the only person she really wants to be with is Nick--though she's pretty confident she could have gotten the money to pay her informant from one of those men.

This movie also seems to spend less time insinuating that Nora is a completely unskilled investigator, which is possibly my least favourite running theme in the movies. Okay, yes, she misses her contact at the nightclub and ends up dancing with a gigolo, but she did get to the nightclub on her own in search of that tip. Which she turns out not to have needed, because the guy she was looking for just kind of came in on his own. Okay, it's while she's trying to extricate herself from that gigolo, but if she had just waited at that table a few more minutes, she wouldn't have needed to pay the informant at all. She's unskilled, but at least part of that is because Nick isn't willing to train her. This, I think, is because Nick really prefers being retired, but he keeps getting involved in these cases in spite of what he really wants. He's intrigued by them as puzzles, I think, and sometimes, he is investigating the deaths of people he knows and maybe even likes.

There's also the whole thing about Nick's bevy of underworld contacts. One of them, "Creeps" (Harry Bellaver), first tries to rob them, and when he finds out whose apartment it is, he decides instead to throw a birthday party for Little Nickie. And someone heard you couldn't get in without a kid, so he borrowed one from someone, because he wanted to go and didn't have a kid of his own. And so forth. I think the difference between that whole aspect of things and the way Nora is constantly shown to have no practical sense is that the movies are never mocking Nick. He is privately making fun of these people in his head, and it just so happens that they don't notice. Nora generally tends to, but one of the things I like about her is that she doesn't say anything. She is as unfailingly polite to people like "Creeps" as she is to the colonel or her own aunts and uncles. It is, I think, one of the things that Nick really likes about her, though he never says it--Nora has class.
September 6, 2012
Another murder comes crashing in on the lives of a peaceful Charles family. With a new baby on their hands, Nick and Nora try to stay away from any cases that might turn their lives upside down again. Yet the inevitable happens sooner than expected, when they're invited to a house of an old man named MacFay. After a perfidious killing and a complex investigation, Nick gathers the whole bunch of suspect in a cozy room, and once again solves the seemingly unsolvable affair.
Without losing the series' wonderful charm and laughing-out-loud gags, Another Thin Man comes as a strong position in the series. Maybe only a bit too long at times.
July 21, 2012
strong entry to the series
Kestifer
May 26, 2010
The formula of the series is pretty much set, but the murder is interesting, the suspects all strange and Nick & Nora remain their charming selves. Not even the addition of a baby to their family can slow the sleuthing duo down. AND the film has Shemp from the Three Stooges in it.
Mr Awesome
Mr Awesome

Super Reviewer

July 31, 2009
The third in the Thin Man series also comes up third in quality. Nick and Nora go out to Long Island to visit the manager of Nora's father's finances, because he's worried about a former employees threats. Former employee Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard) claims that if he dreams about a person 3 times, that person winds up dead. Sure enough, the old man winds up dead, and it's Church who is the prime suspect. Things only get more convoluted from here, as the detectives hunt down Church and his gang. If you've seen the previous two Thin Man movies, it's fairly easy to spot the murderer early on, as a formula seems to be developing. They also seem to be running out of gags to do with the dog, Asta. At one point, and for no apparent reason, the dog does a backwards flip while walking towards the stairs, in what appears to be cuteness for cuteness' sake. Speaking of cuteness for cuteness' sake, a baby has been added to Nick and Nora's life, although it plays a very minor role in the proceedings (just at the end). There's still some great dialogue here, though I find it odd when characters who appear to be good, are suddenly found out to be bad, and their manner of speaking changes from erudite to bowery in a matter of seconds. Very odd indeed, see. If youz mugs are in da mood fer a old-fashioned "who-done-it?", you'd best stick wit the foist two movies, see. But if youz arredy seen em, and ya needz yer fix o' flatfeets and gumheels, with hot petunias and dames wit heaters under their jalopies, i guess dis is bettah dan nuttin.
jazza923
May 11, 2005
NOT ONE OF THE BEST ENTRIES INTO THE THIN MAN SERIES, BUT IT IS STILL A TERRIFIC FILM. THE THIN MAN SERIES MAY WELL BE THE BEST OF ALL THE SERIES FROM THAT ERA. THE ONLY SERIES I CAN THINK OF IN IT'S LEAGUE IS THE ANDY HARDY SERIES. MYRNA LOY AND WILLIAM POWELL MAKE SUCH A PERFECT TEAM, IT'S NO WONDER THEY MADE SO MANY MOVIES TOGETHER. THE FILM IS GREAT, FUNNY AND SUSPENSEFUL.
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