Song of the Thin Man (1947)


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Murder, jazz and mayhem abound on a gambling ocean liner, as married couple Nick and Nora Charles attempt to solve crime in this final Thin Man entry.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Nat Perrin, Steve Fisher, James O'Hanlon, Harry Crane
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On DVD: Aug 2, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


as Nick Charles

as Nora Charles

as Clarence "Clinker" K...

as Fran Ledue Page

as Nick Charles Jr.

as Tommy Drake

as Phyllis Talbin

as Janet Thayar

as Buddy Hollis

as Mitchell Talbin

as David I. Thayar

as Dr. Monolaw

as Al Amboy

as Tommy Drake

as Phil Brant

as Jessica Thayar

as Callahan

as Lewie the Shiv

as The Neem

as Helen Amboy

as Davis, Cop

as Manager

as Nagle, Policeman

as Reardon, Cop

as Whitley

as News Photographer

as Baggage Man

as Nagle, Policeman

as Counterwoman

as Italian

as Taxi Driver

as Desk Clerk

as Baggage Man

as Headwaiter

as Croupier

as Inspector

as Oriental Girl

as Young Chinese

as Young Nick at Age 5
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Critic Reviews for Song of the Thin Man

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

the film flows less smoothly than its predecessors

June 14, 2007

It wouldn't be Hollywood if they didn't wring too much out of a good idea

Full Review… | August 14, 2005

Although the ending of Song of the Thin Man leaves a lot to be desired, including the compulsory confession, everything leading up to it works pretty well.

Full Review… | July 26, 2005
Movie Metropolis

The great chemistry between Powell and Loy is still there and their charm carries things a long way.

Full Review… | June 27, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Song of the Thin Man

I like the Thin Man series, but this one is more average than usual, and by now you know how Powell will solve the mystery anyway.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A little bit better than the previous "The Thin Man Goes Home", "The Song of the Thin Man" centers around a group of jive-talking, hepcat jazz musicians (and thankfully, this time there's less of the dog). The focus is more on the storyline than the last movie, and with less of a focus on comedy, but it's still awfully convoluted. An alcoholic musician is given the sack by the bandleader who turns up dead shortly thereafter. Said bandleader also had a heavy gambling debt and believed his life was in danger from the loan sharks. Nick and Nora are brought in to solve the case, and the usual tom-foolery ensues. While the film has its share of decent gags (personally, I found the swing band very amusing), it's still along way distant from the original film.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


The Batman and Robin of the Thin Man series. Powell and Loy kind of look like they don't want to be there, Nicky jr's (played by Dean Stockwell) scenes ensure the shark gets jumped and the whole jazz band gimmick spell doom for Nick and Nora. The spanking scene was really stupid and the story has none of the charm of the previous Thin Man movies--not to mention an ending that felt a bit rushed. Still, Song of the Thin Man isn't all bad--it's got a few funny lines and film noir vixens Gloria Grahame and Marie Windsor make appearances. If you've seen all the other Thin Man movies you may as well finish the series off, but be advised--Song of the Thin Man serves as proof that the series went on too long.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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