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Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

William Powell , Myrna Loy , W.S. Van Dyke  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Barry Nelson, Donna Reed, Sam Levene
  • Directors: W.S. Van Dyke
  • Writers: Dashiell Hammett, Harry Kurnitz, Irving Brecher
  • Producers: Hunt Stromberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYWZO4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,004 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shadow of the Thin Man" on IMDb

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Installment In The Thin Man Series December 29, 2001
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The high-living Nick and Nora Charles stumble into murder at a San Francisco racetrack and are quickly led into an investigation of various gambling rackets in this fast paced and very witty forth installment of the famous "Thin Man" series. The powerful charm of William Powell and Myrna Loy as a screen team is undimmed by passing time, and the script gives them plenty of opportunity to shine.
Like all the "Thin Man" films, THE SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN offers a superior supporting cast including a very young Donna Reed--but the real standout here is Stella Adler, seldom seen on screen but a noted stage actress and famous acting coach. Adler's performance here is quite remarkable, at once sultry and disconcerting, and should not be overlooked.
Although two more films were to come in the series, THE SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN is really the last significant film in the series. Both fans and newcomers will enjoy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This time Nick and Nora (and Asta, of course) get themselves embroiled in the murder of a jockey--at the racetrack, no less! This along with helping out a reporter friend whose girlfriend's boss is involved in shady dealings.
But none of this really matters, because the main reason to watch these films has always been the wisecracking chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy. And with characters named Link, Whitey, and Rainbow Benny, how can you go wrong?
Plus, there's a bonus! At Nick, Jr.'s insistence, Nick actually drinks a glass of milk!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a pair August 11, 2000
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Was ever a detective's life -- to say nothing of his wife -- so sweet and stylish? Once again Mr. & Mrs. Detective, Nick and Nora Charles, find themselves in the middle of murder in this nicely paced, self-deprecating (Nora's hats), amuslingly performed film. William Powell and Myrna Loy deliver delightful performances with excellent supporting work coming from, among others, Lou Lubin (Rainbow Benny)and Stella Adler (Claire Porter). The latter stews and seethes and oozes so that you wish she had lots more to do in this film. Pretty Donna Reed sits and pouts. Dickie Hall as, Nick Jr., does a nice job with his cue cards. Of course there was never a pair like Nick and Nora Charles, at least not in the detective business. On the other hand, we are infinitely fortunate in the pairing of superb light comedian, William Powell, and a charming and intelligent Myrna Loy. Oh, to be able to go back to a time that never was.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nick and Nora and Donna Reed. January 13, 2003
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Nick and Nora (William Powell and Myrna Loy) investigate after their friend, Paul Clark (Barry Nelson), is framed for murder. The familiar things that make the Thin Man series easy to like are present in this movie. Nick and Nora continue their witty and sophisticated repartee, having fun with their marriage. A running joke in the series is Nora's amused reaction to Nick's blue-collar background. Wherever they go, Nick meets old friends and associates among the cops, bookies, gamblers, and ex-cons. Nora's chutzpah keeps pace with Nick's rapier wit. Their night out at the wrestling matches is a high-point of our little story. Note her introduction to "Spider" Webb. Asta occasionally steals the spotlight, especially in the restaurant segment as the mischievious pooch causes a knockdown brawl. The cutesy Nickie, Jr. detracts from the edginess of the adult story line. This is unfortunate but not important enough to emphasize. We usually fast-forward through Nick and Nick, Jr. on the merry-go-round. In the middle of all this classic comedy, a genuine murder mystery is in progress. Sam Levene repeats his role from "After the Thin Man" of Lt. Abrams. When Nick isn't sparring with Nora, he and Abrams square off. A very young Donna Reed plays Paul's girl, Molly. Mix it in a cocktail shaker, and we have good fun. ;-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke don't fix it! April 28, 2004
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SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN offers nothing really new but it does offer exactly what fans of the franchise expect. Nick and Nora get dragged into another murder mystery. They continue to bicker in their loving way. Nick and all his old street contacts help Nick do what the police cannot. Lt. Abrams (Sam Levene) last seen in AFTER THE THIN MAN returns. He is to Nick what Inspector Lestrad is to Sherlock Holmes. It's a treat to see a young Donna Reed in a film 5 years prior to her breakthrough performance in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and 2 decades prior to her self named sitcom.
As usual, Nick with Nora's help rounds up all the suspects and walks the viewer through his deductive reasoning and then announces who the killer is. As this was the third sequel it is plain to see the basic formula that is present in all the THIN MAN films. It, by this film, had become about as complex as a color by numbers coloring book. Little imagination but still fun to do. I would rank this my fourth favorite of the six THIN MAN FILMS. I'm still waiting on the DVD release for this film and the other 4 sequels to the original THIN MAN. Hurry up!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"You know that jockey, Gomez," says Lieutenant Abrams (Sam Levene) to Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) as the two arrive at the racetrack for a little betting, "the one who was caught throwing the fourth race yesterday? He was shot." "My," says Nora, "they're strict at this track." And we're off on the fourth of the Nick and Nora Charles Thin Man series. The mystery isn't bad. The Powell-Loy chemistry is just as fine as always, and the characters...well, Nick remains the suave, gentleman private detective, fond of martinis and double-breasted suits, clever at putting puzzles together, and a man who seems to know everyone from distinguished officials to Rainbow Benny, a racetrack tout. Nora, his wealthy, socialite wife, remains most of the time a skeptical, affectionate, funny helpmate who can match her husband's martini intake whenever she chooses. However, slowly the series is turning Nora into a more conventional wife and mother. In Shadow of the Thin Man, the writers have Nora sometimes just being a ditzy, adoring wife. Myrna Loy makes it work, but some of Nora's smartness and wit have been dumbed down.

Nick agrees to look into the death of the jockey, but then another shooting takes place, this time of Whitey Barrow, a corrupt reporter who is in cahoots with a ring of racketeers who are making a fortune on racetrack gambling. When the dignified Major Jason Scully, hired by the track commission to clean up the situation, and Paul Clark, a young, crusading reporter, visit Nick and try to enlist his services, he turns them down. He's got too much on his hands already with Nora and their three-year-old son, Nick, Jr. That second murder makes him change his mind. Before long he's up to his waist in suspects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ok
Published 1 month ago by bob hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Found it.
I can trust Amazon to have the hard to find movies to give as gifts to my parents. If it is a series, in a box set, or individual, I know I will find the best price and quality.
Published 10 months ago by Eric W.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cheer for the Extra Short
A fine Nick and Nora entry with familiar faces before they were familiar (Donna Reed and Barry Sullivan), legends you may not be familiar with (Stella Adler), a host of fine but... Read more
Published 11 months ago by J. Beins
3.0 out of 5 stars Very little laughs
Shadow of the Thin Man is one hour and thirty - six minutes and was released in theaters on November 21, 1941. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michael Patrick Boyd
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Movie, All in All
This one is back to being a bit more serious, with a little less of the pointless comic element. True, there's at least one all out fist fight in a bar, and an amusing wrestling... Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
5.0 out of 5 stars Ava Gardner's First Movie?
-----I ordered this movie "Shadow of the Thin Man" because I read in "Wikipedia, the free--online--encyclopedia" that it is Ava Gardner's first movie. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by James W. Milburn
5.0 out of 5 stars A good Installment
Shadow Of The Thin Man is the fourth film in The Thin Man series. The best sequence ever is in this film. Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by Daniel G. Lebryk
5.0 out of 5 stars Thin Man Series
This is another great movie from the Thin Man series with William Powell. If you love good dialogue, funny diversons, and charming settings, you will love this vintage classic... Read more
Published on August 9, 2010 by Tabitha
3.0 out of 5 stars "And I haven't killed a jockey in weeks - really"
Sadly one of the lesser "Thin Man" entries, SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN (1941) finds our delightful crime-solving duo of Nick and Nora Charles on the trail of not one but two... Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by Byron Kolln
5.0 out of 5 stars tom enjoys thin man
i really enjoyed this film the most of any of their movies. the way they solve the murder is always fun. enjoyable for all murder mystery fans. Read more
Published on July 15, 2009 by Thomas Taglione
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