Golden Age of the Silver Screen

After The Thin Man (1936)

Episode #10

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released After The Thin Man to theaters on December 25, 1936. W.S. Van Dyke directed film which starred William Powell, Myrna Loy, and James Stewart.

‘After The Thin Man’ Movie Summary

Nick and Nora Charles are back, and where they go, a murder mystery soon follows. When the Charles’ return from their vacation to beloved San Francisco, it is New Year’s Eve. The couple’s invited to a dinner party at Nora’s family’s house, much to Nick’s chagrin. At the party, they encounter Nora’s cousin Selma, who tells the couple that her husband has been missing for three days. Nick and Nora are soon trying to find the missing husband, Robert, and quickly find him at a local club.

Robert isn’t interested in returning home, since he is involved in an affair with the club’s singer, Polly. He wants to end his marriage with Selma, and doesn’t seem to have a problem making a buck or two before doing so. Robert contacts David, the man who claims to truly love Selma. Then he extorts David into paying him $25,000 for him to get out of Selma’s life; clearing the way for David to finally win the woman of his dreams.

Robert returns home to gather some things before leaving, and encounters Selma. When Robert says he’s leaving for good, Selma grabs a gun and chases after Robert. A short distance away, someone shoots and kills Robert. David finds Selma standing over his body. David takes the Selma’s gun and throws it into the river in an attempt to cover up the crime.

Shortly afterwards, the police arrest Selma anyways. Selma claims that she never fired the gun, but without the gun, she has no way of proving it. But this is a Thin Man movie, so there is constant misdirection going on. The film ends in Thin Man style with all the characters brought together for one big climax. There Nick pulls it out of his drunk ass at the last minute, and tells us who killed Robert. I won’t tell you who killed Robert, but I will tell you the film ends with Nora telling Nick that they are going to have a baby.

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  1. Nice to see chris back. What is scheduled for next month? Would be nice to see a non john Wayne western from that era reviewed at some point.

      1. Wow the killing? That’s a big one. Is it on your top 100? Dodge city is a good one, I’ve read it was the inspiration for blazing saddles.

        1. The Killing is not quite on my top 100…top 200 for sure. I haven’t seen Dodge City in forever. That’s one of the reasons I want to watch it. Also, it along with Stagecoach, are credited with bringing back Westerns, so it’s a good one to review.

        2. The Killing is not quite on my top 100…top 200 for sure. I haven’t seen Dodge City in forever. That’s one of the reasons I want to watch it. Also, it along with Stagecoach, are credited with bringing back Westerns, so it’s a good one to review.

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