After the Thin Man


After the Thin Man (1936)



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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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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
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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Critic Reviews for After the Thin Man

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

The two leading players seem to have a swell time throughout.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Surprisingly successful sequel to the delightful, Dashiell Hammett-based comedy-mystery, The Thin Man, with Powell and Loy as charmingly witty as ever.

Jun 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If After the Thin Man is not quite the delight The Thin Man was, it is, at the very least, one of the most urbane comedies of the season.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The mystery elements amount to much less than Powell and Loy's effervescent interplay as the movies' most happily married couple.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The script is tight, the direction is swift and arresting, and the cast is tops -- MGM surrounded its two quipping stars with the best character actors on the lot.

Aug 7, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

After the Thin Man boasts two things that the original lacks; a much more engaging caper, and a first-rate performance by a shockingly young Jimmy Stewart.

Jul 14, 2009 | Rating: 73/100 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for After the Thin Man

Made for three times more money after the success of the first go-round, this one brings back the hard-not-to-adore couple of Nick and Nora Charles, he an ex-private detective and she a current rich socialite. There's murder afoot and these two work to find out who's about it, charming us in the meantime. Jimmy Stewart plays a small role, too. About as good as the first one, and soaked in the juices of post-prohibition euphoria and jazz age wanton.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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 Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


"Nora, let's get something to eat, I'm thirsty." A decent mystery and more knowing naughtiness with Mr. & Mrs Charles. Myrna's gowns are off the hook in this one.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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