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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

After The Thin Man (1936)

While visiting San Francisco for the New Year holiday, retired detective Nick Charles (William Powell) and his wife Nora (Myrna Loy) become involved in the murder of the husband (Alan Marshal) of Nora's cousin (Elissa Landi). It won't be easy to solve as there are a multitude of suspects, all with a motive. The second entry in the THIN MAN franchise maintains the bright and breezy tone of the first film while still providing a satisfying murder mystery. Their chemistry on full power, Powell and Loy banter back and forth wittily (the screenplay even received an Oscar nomination) while their terrier Asta steals scenes. The film pushes the two hour mark but you never feel that the film is running out of steam. Wonderful fun! W.S. Van Dyke is once again at the helm. With a young pre-stardom James Stewart, Joseph Calleia, Sam Levene, Paul Fix, Jessie Ralph, Penny Singleton and George Zucco.  

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