After the Thin Man

1936

After the Thin Man

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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 try to piece the clues together, with the earnest assistance of Jimmy Stewart, who carries a torch for Landi. You won't believe who turns out to be the murderer in this one--then again, given the plot's strict adherence to "least likely suspect" formula, you probably will.

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Cast

William Powell
as Nick Charles
Myrna Loy
as Nora Charles
James Stewart
as David Graham
Elissa Landi
as Selma Landis
Jessie Ralph
as Aunt Katherine Forrest
Alan Marshal
as Robert Landis
Sam Levene
as Lt. Abrams
Teddy Hart
as Floyd Casper
Penny Singleton
as Polly Byrnes
William Law
as Lum Kee
Dorothy Vaughan
as Charlotte
Thomas Pogue
as William
George Zucco
as Dr. Adolph Kammer
Tom Ricketts
as Henry the Butler
Dorothée
as Polly Byrnes
Paul Fix
as Phil Byrnes
John Kelly
as Harold
Jack Adair
as Escort of Dizzy Blonde
Jack Norton
as Reporter
Edgar Dearing
as Bill, the San Francisco Policeman
Charles Arnt
as Drunk (uncredited)
Mary Gordon
as Rose (the cook)
Heinie Conklin
as Trainman Seeing Nick Kiss Nora
Donald Briggs
as Reporter
Ben Hall
as Butcher Boy
John K. Butler
as Racetrack Tout
Vince Barnett
as Wrestling manager
Guy Usher
as Chief of Detectives
Harvey Parry
as Man Standing on Hands
Baldwin Cooke
as Photographer
Richard Loo
as Lichee Club Headwaiter
Murray Alper
as The Kid, a Fighter
William 'Billy' Benedict
as Blond Man Who Approaches Car
George Guhl
as S.F. Police Captain
Sue Moore
as Sexy Blonde
Ernie Alexander
as Filing Clerk at Morgue
Charles Trowbridge
as Police Forensic Examiner
Sherry Hall
as Photographer
Bobby Watson
as Leader of Late Crowd
Harry Tyler
as Fingers, the Purse Snatcher
Jack Raymond
as Photographer
Dick Rush
as San Francisco Detective
Monte Vandergrift
as Man (uncredited)
Eric Wilton
as Peter, butler
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  • Jun 16, 2016
    This is such a delightful movie. Myrna Loy and William Powell are a perfect couple, each of them so endearing, and their banter is as sharp, witty, and alive today as it was in 1936. I was continually tickled by them throughout the movie, as he contends with her aristocratic and stuffy family, she playfully comments on his saltier acquaintances, and together they find themselves trying to unravel a murder mystery. As an added bonus, we get to see Jimmy Stewart in one of his earlier roles, and cute dog tricks provided by Asta. Oh, and in a brief scene, check out the woman dancing amidst a wild party they come home to - I loved these little touches. The shots of San Francisco and various sets are beautiful, the attire is gorgeous, and the script is strong, which resulted in screenwriters Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett being nominated for an Oscar. Pulling all of the suspects together at the end is a little formulaic and it gets somewhat complicated to understand all of the motives and actions, but it keeps you guessing and the final 'whodunit' is clear. Movies that try to do it all, having elements of comedy, mystery, romance, drama, and song and dance, are often weaker as a result - but here the entire package is quite satisfying. This was the second movie in what would be six total in this series, but it stands on its own and while watching it, you can understand why it was so popular. The murder mystery gets a little glib but still merits four stars, and Loy and Powell are compelling and warrant four and a half, so I round up on the overall rating.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2009
    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.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 14, 2008
    in certain ways i enjoyed this installment more than the first. though it follows the same basic premise, i found this story more engaging. and with the success of the first film, the production values of this film are a marked improvement.
    chase _ Super Reviewer

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