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The Next Reel • Season 12 • Series: The Thin Man Films • Another Thin Man

Another Thin Man

“He says his name is Charles, but he looks to me like a pool parlor dude.”

Nick and Nora have a baby!

It wasn’t an easy film for William Powell to jump into. He was recovering from the death of the love of his life, and he was also recovering from cancer. But he returned for yet another round with Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, and this time they have a baby. But does Powell seem like he has the energy for it? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Thin Man series with W.S. Van Dyke’s 1939 film Another Thin Man.

Here’s a hint at what we talk about.

We dig a bit more into Powell’s history between the last film and this one. We also talk about Van Dyke as we learned he’s actually a II, not a junior. We struggle with the mystery and with the comedy in this one. It’s still fun, but largely is less dynamic than the previous two. Is that because of Powell’s struggles? Or were the writers struggling to come up with as interesting a mystery? Regardless, it didn’t work as well.

We still love Nick and Nora. Their banter and relationship works like a charm. They make the film easy to watch and we still have a lot of fun, so check it out then tune in! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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