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Producer: Hunt Stromberg
Shadow of the Thin Man - PosterDirector: W.S. Van Dyke II
Screenplay:  Irving Brecher and Harry Kurnitz
based upon characters created by Dashiell Hammett
Music: David Snell

Cast includes:
Nick Charles: William Powell
Nora Charles: Myrna Loy
Lt. Abrams: Sam Levene
"Whitey" Barrow: Alan Baxter
Paul Clarke: Barry Nelson
Molly Ford: Donna Reed
Major Jason I. Sculley: Henry O'Neill
Nick Jr.: Dickie Hall

 97 min, Black & White

"One thing about a murder case" says Nick Charles to a room crammed with suspects, "If you let people talk long enough, sooner or later someone will spill the beans. Well someone just has!" And he points to...the last person you'd ever suspect, unless you've been paying close attention.
And you will be, because you won't want to miss a word of the delicious, witty, outrageous bickering between William Powell and Myrna Loy.
In this breezy outing, Nick and Nora get involved with jockeys and gamblers and characters with names like Rainbow Benny. There's a body in the shower, another hanging from the chandelier, and a diamond bracelet in the radiator. Asta, the terrier causes a full scale brawl in a restaurant. But the biggest surprise comes when Nick Jr. forces his martini-soaked father to drink a glass of milk, as maid Louise Beavers watches bug-eyed!
Motion Picture Daily - by Charles S. Aaronson, October 22. 1941

"THE popular series of "Thin Man" films, featuring William Powell as Nick Charles, the nonchalant private detective, and Myrna Loy, as his charming and slightly erratic wife, has herein another highly entertaining chapter, which should do very well at almost any box-office.

Full of amusing lines and numerous entertaining situations, the picture moves smoothly and swiftly, with a full share of suspense and occasional bits of excitement to keep audience attention held to the screen. W. S. Van Dyke II directed with skill, keeping the loose ends of his mystery well in hand until the final sequence.

In support of the two stars are Barry Nelson, as a young crusading newspaper reporter out to smash the crooked racetrack gambling ring ; Donna Reed, as Nelson's sweetheart ; Sam Levene, as the police detective who gets the credit for Powell's success; Alan Baxter, as another re- porter involved with the ring ; Lou Lubin, in an excellent character bit as a member of the gang ; Dickie Hall, as Powell's small son, and, of course, Asta, the family dog.

Powell is persuaded to undertake to help smash the gambling ring when Nelson, a friend, is arrested for one of the two murders the police are working on. The trail leads into various entertaining bypaths until, logically and cleverly, Powell uncovers the killer."

Lobbycard: "Confidentially, Asta, this case is as good as solved!"
Lobbycard: "Look what a ride on the merry-go-round did to you... and I thought you were though!"Lobbycard: "I'll tell... I'll tell everything I know!"
Lobbycard:"Hey, you've got the wrong man!"Lobbycard:"Find out who owns this...and you've got the murderer!"
Lobbycard:"Goodbye sugar! I gotta see a man about a murder!"Lobbycard:"Sometimes Nick's glad he never traded you in for a new model"
Above: full set of eight lobby cards

Not an EQ film in any sense, however it makes our list because Dannay and Lee worked on the script. They didn't do enough to warrant screen credit, but we think we've spotted their contribution to the story: the scene where Nick finds a gun in a drain: pure EQ logic!

The fourth entry in MGM's Thin Man series could just as well have been titled "Nick and Nora Charles Go to the Races". Officially retired from sleuthing, Nick Charles does his best to be a dutiful husband to his lovely wife Nora and a good father to his young son Nick Jr. But when murder rears its ugly head at the local race track, Nick is called in by Major Jason I. Sculley, head of the New York athletic commission, to help solve the case. As usual, there is no shortage of suspects: This time the "rogue's gallery" includes high-rolling gamblers Link Stevens and Fred Macy; Link's hoity-toity girlfriend Claire Porter; two-bit tout "Rainbow" Benny Loomis reporters Whitey Barrow and Paul Clarke; and Clarke's sweetheart Molly Ford. Highlights include a zany episode on a department-store merry-go-round, an outsized brawl at a fancy sea-food restaurant, and the inevitable gathering together of suspects in the offices of police lieutenant Abrams (Sam Leven
e). One of the highlights is in the familiar final showdown with all suspects present - Nora, who can't stand the suspense any longer, finally cries: "Nick! Who is it? Is it me??".The flippant nature of Shadow of the Thin Man can be attributed to screenwriters Irving Brecher and Harry Kurnitz, both longtime friends and associates of comedian Groucho Marx.

"Thank goodness neither of us was driving," Nick quips as he's pulled over Asta oversees Nick Jr. and the proud parents.

Above left: "Thank goodness neither of us was driving," Nick quips as he's pulled over.
Above en below right: Asta oversees Nick Jr. and the proud parents.
Motion Picture Herald "Reviews" by Irene Smolen, October 25. 1941

"That 'Thin Man' is here again, Goody!
There is nothing shadowy about 'The Shadow of The Thin Man' — it has definite entertainment appeal, judging from the reaction of the preview audience. From a story by Harry Kurnitz and based upon characters created by Dashiell Hammett, it is a scion worthy of the traditions established by its forbears. Again it is a murder mystery to the accompaniment of comedy, or vice versa, and who is there that can resist either?

William Powell and Myrna Loy, as "Mr. and Mrs. Charles" continue to enjoy their domestic life, and so does the audience, particularly their repartee with its split-second quality. Mr. Powell takes his son for a walk in the park and reads fairy tales to him from a book, or, more exactly, from the racing form. They return to the house where Mr. Powell indulges in cocktails and banter with his wife, and milk, on which he chokes, with his son. Mr. Powell takes his wife to the races and gets a ticket for speeding — just like Mr. and Mrs. Average American. They also go to the wrestling matches.

"Mr. and Mrs. Charles," however, have an uncanny faculty for always being at the scene of the crime. When they go to the races, a jockey is murdered. When they go to the wrestling matches, a newspaper man is killed. Mr. Powell is forced to don his role as detective and begins to investigate clues. Eventually, he assembles at the "Lieutenant's" head-quarters all the persons involved or suspected — mostly from the racing and gambling under- world— and identifies the master mind behind it all, the person, of course, you least suspect.

William Powell and Myrna Loy retain their titles as the favorite Mr. and Mrs. of the silver screen. Sam Levene as "Lieutenant Abrams" is very amusing, and Stella Adler, of the famous acting Adlers, deserves special mention in her portrayal of a moll. The rest of the cast includes Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Alan Baxter, Henry O'Neill, little Dickie Hall, Louise Beavers, and last, but certainly not least, Asta.

Hunt Stromberg, producer and Major W. S. Van Dyke II, director, are responsible for a picture that is both satisfying and entertaining. The comedy kept the preview audience laughing often and heartily and the unraveling of the plot kept them interested. It is another "Thin Man," as good as its predecessors.

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