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ANOTHER THIN MAN, 1939
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ANOTHER THIN MAN, MOVIE POSTERANOTHER THIN MAN, 1939
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Directed by W.S. Van Dyke

Cast: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger, C. Aubrey Smith, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton
Review by Amanda Cleveland


SYNOPSIS:

An explosives manufacturer suspects a young man is out to kill him. He calls in Nick and Nora (with new baby) to sort things out.

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Growing up, I’ve always heard about the “Thin Man” series from my mother who is a huge fan. I guess because she talked about it so much that I held off on watching them. Now I could kick myself for missing out on such a remarkable series.

“Another Thin Man” (1939) is the third out of six installments of the “Thin Man” series. The plot is based on the writings of “hard-boiled” detective novelist Dashiell Hammett. The first novel “The Thin Man” was published in 1934 and was so successful that the film series started that same year. Hammett never wrote a sequel to “The Thin Man” and it was his last novel. “Another Thin Man” is based on another writing of Hammett. The novel turned film, also became a television series in the 1950s.

Directed by W.S. Van Dyke, the comedy-drama film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. The Charles’ are in New York with their dog Asta and a new baby, Nicky Jr. (William A. Poulsen). As they are settling into their home, they are asked to spend the weekend at Colonel Burr MacFay’s (C. Aubrey Smith) house in Long Island. The colonel has been threatened by his former employee, Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard) and wants Nick Charles’ help. Among the other houseguests are the Colonel’s daughter, Lois MacFay (Virginia Grey) and her fiancée, Dudley Horn (Patric Knowles) and the housekeeper, Mrs. Isabella Bellam (Phyllis Gordon). There is a plethora of incidents that occur on the island because of Church's revenge attempt. Murder occurs and Nick is enlisted by the local authorities to help find the killer. The film continues with brawls, nightclub scenes, more deaths, an assortment of ladies and gentlemen and a number of unexpected twists.

Viewers will recognize Marjorie Main, who played Ma Kettle in “Ma and Pa Kettle (1949), in a small part as a very funny landlady of the Chesterfield Apartments, Mrs. Dolley. An unexpected treat in this film is the dancing by Carmen D'Antonio and Miguel Fernández Mila is amazingly graceful as they seem to glide on the dance floor. The comedy scenes are like something out of a “Three Stooges” episode (ironically Shemp Howard appears in this film).

“The Thin Man” films, which began in 1934 and continued until 1947, featured unusual characters, fast-paced plots, and most importantly, the sleuthing duo Nick and Nora Charles. William Powell and Myrna Loy were absolutely perfect in their roles as a sophisticated and fun-loving couple. They have been paired in fourteen films together; “Another Thin Man” is the eighth film. The appeal of the series is watching the witty banter between Powell and Loy rather than the mystery plots. Their chemistry is effortless. “Another Thin Man” is a throw back to a classy time with a plot that is wild enough to keep you guessing until the end.


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