Shadow of the Thin Man
|Shadow of the Thin Man|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||W.S. Van Dyke|
|Produced by||Hunt Stromberg|
|Written by||Dashiell Hammett (characters)|
|Story by||Harry Kurnitz|
|Music by||David Snell|
|Cinematography||William H. Daniels|
|Edited by||Robert Kern|
Shadow of the Thin Man is the fourth of the six The Thin Man films. It was released in 1941 and was directed by W. S. Van Dyke. It stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. Also, in this film their son Nick Jr. (Dickie Hall) is old enough to figure in the comic subplot. Other cast members include Donna Reed and Barry Nelson. This was one of three films in which Stella Adler appeared.
Nick and Nora Charles are looking forward to a relaxing day at a racetrack, but when a jockey accused of throwing a race is found shot to death, Police Lieutenant Abrams requests Nick's help. The trail leads to a gambling syndicate that operates out of a wrestling arena, a murdered reporter, and a pretty secretary whose boyfriend has been framed. Along the way, Nick and Nora must contend with a wild wrestling match, a dizzying day at a merry-go-round (accompanied by Nick, Jr.), and a table-clearing restaurant brawl.
Shadow of the Thin Man was eagerly welcomed, coming two years after the previous outing and hitting theaters just two weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor. It would be three years before Loy would make another film (The Thin Man Goes Home in 1945) as she left Hollywood for New York, where she volunteered with the Red Cross.
The film includes a rather novel scene filmed 'on' the recently completed San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, wherein Nick & Nora Charles', while driving east-bound on the upper deck (disallowed when the bridge was 'reconfigured' in 1962) are stopped on the bridge (for speeding, by a highway patrolman) while traffic whizzes by, which would be unheard of in recent history. Just after this scene there's a short sequence of them driving through the MacArthur Maze, an interchange on the east end of the bridge, and then north on a 'barren' stretch of highway which today is Interstate 80 passing through crowded Emeryville and Berkeley. The local racetrack central to the plot is Golden Gate Fields.
- William Powell as Nick Charles
- Myrna Loy as Nora Charles
- Barry Nelson as Paul Clarke
- Donna Reed as Molly
- Sam Levene as Lieutenant Abrams
- Alan Baxter as "Whitey" Barrow
- Henry O'Neill as Major Jason I. Sculley
- Stella Adler as Claire Porter (aka Clara Peters)
- Loring Smith as "Link" Stephens
- Joseph Anthony as Fred Macy
- Louise Beavers as Stella
- Frankie Burke as Jockey at the races (uncredited)
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