The Thin Man Goes Home

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This fifth entry in MGM's off-and-on "Thin Man" series maintains the high production and story values of the first four. Per the title, retired private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) pays a visit to his home town of Sycamore Springs, with wife Nora (Myrna Loy) in tow. Poor Nick is amusingly browbeaten by his parents (Harry Davenport and Lucile Watson), who wanted their boy to study medicine, is frustrated by the fact that there isn't a good stiff drink to be had in town, and is hilariously defeated by a recalcitrant hammock. In a more serious vein, Nick and Nora become involved in international intrigue while investigating the murder of a local house painter. If the identity of the murderer seems obvious today, it is only because the actor in question has played so many "surprise killers" in other films of this genre. A refreshing change of pace for the usually urbanized "Thin Man" series, The Thin Man Goes Home features such colorful suspects as Gloria DeHaven, Edward Brophy, Lloyd Corrigan, Leon Ames, and, best of all, Ann Revere as a local eccentric named "Crazy Mary".

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William Powell
as Nicholas Charles
Myrna Loy
as Nora Charles
Lucile Watson
as Mrs. Charles
Gloria de Haven
as Laurabelle Ronson
Anne Revere
as Crazy Mary
Harry Davenport
as Dr. Charles
Helen Vinson
as Helena Draque
Lloyd Corrigan
as Bruce Clayworth
Donald Meek
as Willie Crump
Leon Ames
as Edgar Draque
Paul Langton
as Tom Clayworth
Ralph Brooke
as Peter Berton
Donald MacBride
as Chief MacGregory
Minor Watson
as Sam Ronson
Morris Ankrum
as Willoughby
Nora Cecil
as Miss Peavy
Wally Cassell
as Bill Burns
Arthur Hohl
as Charlie
Bill Smith
as Skating Act
Lucille Browne
as Skating Act
Mickey Harris
as Contortionist
Rex Evans
as Fat man
Harry Hayden
as Conductor
Connie Gilchrist
as Woman with baby
Dick Botiller
as Big Man's Companion
John Wengraf
as Big Man
Ralph Brooks
as Tom Burton
Jane Green
as Housekeeper
Irving Bacon
as Tom the Proprietor
Virginia Sale
as Tom's Wife
Garry Owen
as Pool Player
Bert May
as Sailor
Tom Fadden
as Train Passenger
Joseph J. Greene
as Train Passenger
Robert E. O'Connor
as Baggage Man
Sarah Edwards
as Train Passenger
Frank Jaquet
as Train Passenger
Oliver Blake
as Reporter
Don Wilson
as Masseur
Etta McDaniel
as Ronson's Maid
Tom Dugan
as Slugs
Tom Dillon
as Officer
Bill Hunter
as Officer
Marjorie Wood
as Montage Shot Mother
Catherine McLeod
as Montage Shot Daughter
Joe Yule
as Barber
Robert E. Homans
as Railroad Clerk
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Audience Reviews for The Thin Man Goes Home

Another good, fun, and humorous sequel to the Thin Man.

Aj V
Aj V

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The Thin Man Goes Home is the fifth Thin Man film and it's evident the series is running out of steam. There's a whole lot more slapstick and puppy comedy involving the dog, but the "mystery" involving a mysterious painting and of course, a couple of murders is just sort of background side story. I know the Thin Man series relies on the humor and chemistry generated by Loy and Powell, but there also have to be situations that are humorous too. Here, the situations are straining to be funny, but don't quite live up to the previous films. Some of the things the super-sleuth uncovers seem far-fetched, even for a Thin Man movie. Possibly the weakest of the Thin Man movies.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


Sort of the Thin Man series meets the Andy Hardy series. Good studio fun. "Nick, you have to do something... and that's not it!"

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

A great installment and one of the best of the Thin Man series. A lot better than you'd expect considering this is the fifth in the series and a different director is at the helm. No kid involved but we meet Nick's parents, namely his passive-aggressively disapproving father. Not a drink is served throughout the entire movie and because of that you're expecting The Thin Man Goes Home to suck, which strangely enough never happens. The Thin Man Dries Out. There are a lot of funny moments, namely Nora's delivery of the Stinky Davis case which is easily one the best moments in the entire series. Even if you're not a big fan of the series you should check it out. It's a perfect blend of screwball comedy and detective story.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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