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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)




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This fourth entry in MGM's Thin Man series could just as well have been titled "Nick and Nora Charles Go to the Races". Officially retired from sleuthing, Nick Charles (William Powell) does his best to be a dutiful husband to his lovely wife Nora (Myrna Loy) and a good father to his young son Nick Jr. (Dickie Hall). But when murder rears its ugly head at the local race track, Nick is called in by Major Jason I. Sculley (Henry O'Neill), head of the New York athletic commission, to help solve the case. As usual, there is no shortage of suspects: This time the "rogue's gallery" includes high-rolling gamblers Link Stevens (Loring Smith) and Fred Macy (Joseph Anthony); Link's hoity-toity girlfriend Claire Porter (played by legendary acting teacher Stella Adler); two-bit tout "Rainbow" Benny Loomis (Lou Lubin); reporters Whitey Barrow (Paul Kelly) and Paul Clarke (Barry Nelson); and Clarke's sweetheart Molly Ford (Donna Reed). Highlights include a zany episode on a department-store merry-go-round, an outsized brawl at a fancy sea-food restaurant, and the inevitable gathering together of suspects in the offices of police lieutenant Abrams (Sam Levene). The flippant nature of Shadow of the Thin Man can be attributed to screenwriters Irving Brecher and Harry Kurnitz, both longtime friends and associates of comedian Groucho Marx.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Irving Brecher, Harry Kurnitz
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On DVD: Aug 2, 2005


William Powell
as Nick Charles
Myrna Loy
as Nora Charles
Barry Nelson
as Paul Clarke
Donna Reed
as Molly Ford
Sam Levene
as Lt. Abrams
Alan Baxter
as Whitey Barrow
Dickie Hall
as Nick Charles Jr.
Loring Smith
as Link Stephens
Joseph Anthony
as Fred Macy
Henry O'Neill
as Maj. Jason I. Sculle...
Stella Adler
as Claire Porter
Lou Lubin
as `Rainbow' Benny Loom...
Will Wright
as Maguire
Edgar Dearing
as Motor Cop
Oliver Blake
as Fenster
John Dilson
as Coroner
Jerry Jerome
as Reporter
Roger Moore
as Reporter
Hal Le Sueur
as Reporter
Cardiff Giant
as Bouncing Tschekov
Fred Graham
as Waiters with Steaks
Tor Johnson
as Jack the Ripper
John Berkes
as Paleface
Jenny Jerome
as Reporter
John Kelly
as Meatballs Murphy
Dan Tobey
as Announcer
Tommy Mack
as Soft Drink Vendor
Bill Fisher
as Watchman
Joey Ray
as Stephen's Clerk
Inez Cooper
as Girl in Cab
Duke York
as Valentino
Sid Melton
as Fingers
Patty Moore
as Lefty's Wife
Hal LeSueur
as Reporter
Ray Teal
as Cab Driver
Sam Bernard
as Counterman
Ken Christy
as Detective
David Dornack
as Lefty's Kid
Harry Burns
as Greek Janitor
Fred Walburn
as Kid on Merry-go-Roun...
Arch Hendricks
as Photographer
Pat R. McGee
as Handler
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Critic Reviews for Shadow of the Thin Man

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It makes for lightweight entertainment.

Full Review… | August 17, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This entry has a thinner story line, fewer colorful characters, and even fewer witty lines than the first three films in the series.

Full Review… | July 26, 2005
Movie Metropolis

March 8, 2008

October 15, 2005

Audience Reviews for Shadow of the Thin Man


This Thin Man movie offers some good comedy scenes, but the overall plot is predictable.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

By the time this movie rolled around, the Thin Man series is kind of just in a holding pattern. Nick and Nora love each other, they get tanked, they have a dog and they solve a murder. They throw more kids or dogs into the equation and Myrna Loy gets a little older in each one. The scenic way of saying More Of The Same Just Not As Much. Shadow of the Thin Man has some great moments--namely the wrestling match and the sadistic merry go round scene. If you liked the first three Thin Man movies you may as well watch it, but definitely don't start here.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

My least favorite in the Thin Man series. This is the fourth film for Nick and Nora and it looks like the plot is just going through the motions. We already know that Nick will eventually gather all the suspects in a room and explain how he figured it out. If it wasn't for William Powell and Myrna Loy, I would have given this film a lower rating.

Grade: B-

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