Another Thin Man

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Another Thin Man
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed byW.S. Van Dyke
Produced byHunt Stromberg
Written byAnita Loos
Screenplay by
Story byDashiell Hammett
Based onThe Farewell Murder
by Dashiell Hammett
Music byEdward Ward
Edited byFredrick Y. Smith
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • November 17, 1939 (1939-11-17) (US)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States

Another Thin Man is a 1939 American film, the third of six in the Thin Man series. It again stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, and is based on the writings of Dashiell Hammett. Their son, Nicky Jr., is also introduced in the film. The cast includes their terrier Asta, Virginia Grey, Otto Kruger, C. Aubrey Smith, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton, Patric Knowles, Sheldon Leonard, Tom Neal, Phyllis Gordon and Marjorie Main. Shemp Howard appears in an uncredited role as "Wacky".[1][2]

The film was originally promoted in the United States under the title of Return of the Thin Man, and was followed by Shadow of the Thin Man (1941).


In this adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's "The Farewell Murder",[3] Nick (William Powell) and Nora (Myrna Loy) Charles are back in New York with Asta and a new arrival - Nicky Jr. They are invited by Colonel Burr MacFay (C. Aubrey Smith) to spend the weekend at his house on Long Island. McFay, the former business partner of Nora's father, and the administrator of her fortune, desperately wants Nick to put his well-known detective skills to work, as he has been receiving threats from Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard), a very shady character. When MacFay is killed, Church seems to be the obvious suspect. However, Nick is skeptical. He suspects there is something far more complicated going on. MacFay's housekeeper, his adopted daughter, and various hangers-on all may have had an interest in seeking the old man's demise.


Cast notes:

  • The Afro-Cuban dance team of René and Estela, headliners at the Havana-Madrid Club in New York City, is featured in the floor show at the West Indies Club.[4][5]


According to Frank S. Nugent, "this third of the trademarked Thin Men takes its murders as jauntily as ever, confirms our impression that matrimony need not be too serious a business and provides as light an entertainment as any holiday-amusement seeker is likely to find."[6]

Another Thin Man on the marquee of a Toronto cinema, as a double feature with the Richard Arlen film Missing Daughters.

The film was third of six based on the characters of Nick and Nora:


  1. ^ "Another Thin Man". The Three Stooges Online Filmography. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Cast: Another Thin Man". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  3. ^ Library of Congress Copyright Office (1938). Catalog of Copyright Entries. p. 269. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  4. ^ "'Thin Man' Shows Cuban Dance Team". The Pittsburgh Press. August 30, 1939. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  5. ^ "Another Thin Man". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  6. ^ Nugent, Frank S. (November 24, 1939). "Post-Turkey Reports on Another Thin Man at the Capitol, Daytime Wife at the Roxy, Flying Deuces at Rialto and a Double Bill at the Palace". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-07-30.

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