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After the Thin Man

After the Thin Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed by W.S. Van Dyke
Produced by Hunt Stromberg
Written by Dashiell Hammett (characters, story)
Screenplay by Albert Hackett
Frances Goodrich
Starring William Powell
Myrna Loy
James Stewart
Penny Singleton
Elissa Landi
Music by William Axt
Cinematography Oliver T. Marsh
Edited by Robert Kern
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
December 25, 1936 (1936-12-25)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $673,000 (est.)[1]
Box office $3,165,000 (worldwide est.)[1]

After the Thin Man is a 1936 American film, starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, and James Stewart, that is the sequel to the film The Thin Man. The movie presents Powell and Loy as Dashiell Hammett's characters Nick and Nora Charles. The film was directed by W. S. Van Dyke and also featured Elissa Landi, Joseph Calleia, Jessie Ralph, Alan Marshal, and Penny Singleton.

This was actually the fourth pairing for Myrna Loy and William Powell. The two made 14 pictures together, six of them in the Thin Man series.[2]

Plot

From the trailer

Nick and Nora Charles return from vacation to their home in San Francisco on New Year's Eve, where Nora's stuffy family expect the couple to join them for a formal dinner. Nick is despised by Nora's Aunt Katherine, the family matriarch, as his immigrant heritage and experience as a "flat foot" are considered below Nora. The true reason for their invitation is that Nora's cousin Selma's ne'er-do-well husband Robert has been missing. Nick is coerced into a little quiet detective work for the family.

They easily find Robert at a Chinese nightclub, where he's been conducting an affair with Polly, the star performer. Robert tries to extort money from Selma's unrequited love, David Graham (James Stewart): $25,000 and Robert will leave Selma alone permanently. Unknown to Robert, Polly and the nightclub's owner, Dancer, plan to grift the money and dispose of him. After being paid off, and returning home for some clothes, Robert is shot at the stroke of midnight. David finds Selma standing over Robert and hurriedly disposes of her gun. Despite this, the police determine that she's the prime suspect, and her fragile mental state only strengthens the case. Selma insists that she never fired her gun, and Nick is now obliged to investigate and determine the true murderer.

As suspects pile up, schemes and double-crosses are found and two more murders occur, including Polly's brutal brother. Lt. Abrams (Sam Levene, making his series debut) readily accepts Nick's assistance. Nick follows a trail of clues that lead him to the apartment of a mysterious "Anderson". As in the previous film, the true murderer is the least likely suspect, betrayed by a trivial slip-up during a final interrogation and denouement featuring all the suspects. The case solved, and once again, traveling by train, Nora reveals to Nick that they are expecting a baby, although Nick has to be prodded into putting the "clues" together and she comments: "And you call yourself a detective."

Cast

Production

The film's story was written by Dashiell Hammett, based on his characters Nick and Nora, but not a particular novel or short story. Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich wrote the screenplay.

Reception

The film was nominated for an Oscar in 1937 for Best Writing, Screenplay. It is often referred to as the best of the Thin Man sequels.[4]

Box office

The film grossed a total (domestic and foreign) of $3,165,000: $1,992,000 from the US and Canada and $1,173,000 elsewhere. It made a profit of $1,516,000.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/2755/After-the-Thin-Man/articles.html
  3. ^ After the Thin Man (1936) - Full cast and crew
  4. ^ After the Thin Man (1936) - Awards
  5. ^

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