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Another Thin Man (1939)




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Three years after the second Thin Man entry, MGM brought back the property by popular demand with Another Thin Man. As ever, William Powell and Myrna Loy star as sophisticated sleuths Nick and Nora Charles, with the added filip of 8-month-old Nick Charles Jr. At the invitation of munitions manufacturer Colonel MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith), the Charleses spend a weekend at MacFay's Long Island estate. The Colonel is certain that his shady ex-business associate Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard) plans to do him harm, a prognostication that apparently comes true when murder rears its ugly head. Though he's promised to cut down on his drinking (after all, he's a daddy now), Nick spends an inordinate amount of time sorting out the clues and identifying the actual murderer-who, of course, is the least likely suspect (and in fact is played by an actor who seldom if ever harmed a fly in any other film). Adding to the merry mayhem is the Charleses' efforts to find a good baby-sitter, resulting in an onslaught of "help"-and additional babies!--courtesy of Nick's old Underworld cronies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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William Powell
as Nick Charles
Myrna Loy
as Nora Charles
Virginia Grey
as Lois MacFay/Linda Mills
Otto Kruger
as Assistant DA Van Slack
C. Aubrey Smith
as Col. Burr MacFay
Ruth Hussey
as Dorothy Waters
Nat Pendleton
as Lt. Guild
Patric Knowles
as Dudley Horn
Tom Neal
as Freddie Coleman
Phyllis Gordon
as Mrs. Bellam
Sheldon Leonard
as Phil Church
Don Costello
as Diamond Back Vogel
Harry Bellaver
as Creeps Binder
William A. Poulsen
as Nicky Charles Jr.
Abner Biberman
as Dum Dum
Marjorie Main
as Mrs. Dolley
Ralph Dunn
as Expressman
Horace MacMahon
as Chauffeur
Doodles Weaver
as Gatekeeper
Nell Craig
as Maid
George Guhl
as Bodyguard
Joe Devlin
as Bodyguard
Paul E. Burns
as Ticket Agent
Milton Parsons
as Coroner
Milton Kibbee
as Detective
Dick Elliott
as Detective
Edward Gargan
as Detective
William Tannen
as State Trooper
Matty Fain
as Hood
Thomas E. Jackson
as Detective
Martin Garralaga
as Informant
Milt Kibbee
as Les the Deputy
Alberto Morin
as Waiter
Horace McMahon
as MacFay's Chauffeur
Nestor Paiva
as Headwaiter
Frank Sully
as Father
John Kelly
as Father
Paul Newlan
as Bodyguard
Murray Alper
as Father
Edward Hearn
as Detective
Bert Roach
as Cookie the Drinker
Alex D'Arcy
as Gigolo
Asta the Dog
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Another Thin Man

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

We're still appreciative, but we found too many chestnuts in the dressing.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This 1939 release is still watchable, though the spirit is now sitcom.

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

The atmosphere and sets, along with stellar performances by the principals, can't offset a weak story.

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
TV Guide

One of string of above average Wiliam Powell-Myrna Loy crime-comedies...and a joy.

February 22, 2008

Fans of the series will enjoy seeing their favorite couple continue to lightly spar and make those cross-cultural jabs, but the end result is decidedly tepid.

Full Review… | August 7, 2005

The solution seems more convoluted than necessary, and as usual the murderer breaks down and confesses in the end. Still, it's good to see Powell and Loy in action.

Full Review… | July 26, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Another Thin Man

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.

Aj V
Aj V

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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.

nefnie lee
nefnie lee

Super Reviewer


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.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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