Thin Man Goes Home

Thin Man Goes Home

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Director: Richard Thorpe

Cast: Richard Thorpe, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Gloria de Haven

     
 

This fifth entry in MGM's off-and-on "Thin Man" series maintains the high production and story values of the first four. Per the title, retired private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) pays a visit to his home town of Sycamore Springs, with wife Nora (Myrna Loy) in tow. Poor Nick is amusingly browbeaten by his parents (Harry Davenport and Lucile Watson), who… See more details below

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This fifth entry in MGM's off-and-on "Thin Man" series maintains the high production and story values of the first four. Per the title, retired private detective Nick Charles (William Powell) pays a visit to his home town of Sycamore Springs, with wife Nora (Myrna Loy) in tow. Poor Nick is amusingly browbeaten by his parents (Harry Davenport and Lucile Watson), who wanted their boy to study medicine, is frustrated by the fact that there isn't a good stiff drink to be had in town, and is hilariously defeated by a recalcitrant hammock. In a more serious vein, Nick and Nora become involved in international intrigue while investigating the murder of a local house painter. If the identity of the murderer seems obvious today, it is only because the actor in question has played so many "surprise killers" in other films of this genre. A refreshing change of pace for the usually urbanized "Thin Man" series, The Thin Man Goes Home features such colorful suspects as Gloria DeHaven, Edward Brophy, Lloyd Corrigan, Leon Ames, and, best of all, Ann Revere as a local eccentric named "Crazy Mary."

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
"Every closet has a skeleton," says famed New York detective Nick Charles (William Powell), or words to that effect, and supposedly laid-back Sycamore Springs is loaded with both. Happily, Nick and Nora (Myrna Loy) are vacationing at the old homestead when the bodies begin to drop and are thus at the right time and place to catch yet another desperate killer. No one in Sycamore Springs takes death too seriously, of course, and The Thin Man Goes Home employs even more comedy than its predecessors, to the point of having the dignified Loy perform a wild jitterbug. Richard Thorpe functions as directorial traffic cop with his usual professionalism and the stock company, which includes such obvious red herrings as Anita Sharp-Bolster, Helen Vinson, Morris Ankrum, and the marvelous Anne Revere, takes care of the rest. Yet for all that, The Thin Man Goes Home is far from vintage comedy-whodunit. Perhaps the reason is the Charleses' newfound sobriety, a necessary concession to a less frivolous time, but the bloom is visibly off the rose and the star duo seems merely to be treading water.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/07/2007
UPC:
0012569518124
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:41:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Robert Benchley comedy short Why Daddy?; Classic cartoon Screwball Squirrel; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature Film Only)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell Nick Charles
Myrna Loy Nora Charles
Gloria DeHaven Laura Ronson
Lucile Watson Mrs. Charles
Anne Revere Crazy Mary
Harry Davenport Dr. Bertram Charles
Edward S. Brophy Brogan
Helen Vinson Helena Draque
Leon Ames Edgar Draque
Donald Meek Willie Crump
Lloyd Corrigan Bruce Clayworth
Anita Bolster Hilda
Ralph Brooke Peter Berton
Donald MacBride Chief MacGregory
Jean Acker Tart
Oliver Blake Reporter
Dick Botiller Big Man's Companion
Ralph Brooks Tom Burton
Lucille Browne Skating Act
Wally Cassell Bill Burns
Chester Clute Drunk
Clancy Cooper Butcher
Thomas P. Dillon Actor
Tom Dugan Slugs
Helen Eby-Rock Actor
Sarah Edwards Actor
Tom Fadden Actor
Edward Gargan Mickey
Sol (Saul) Gorss Bartender
Jane Green Housekeeper
Joseph J. Greene Actor
Charles Halton Tatum
Harry Hayden Conductor
Arthur Hohl Charlie
Robert E. Homans Railroad Clerk
William Hunter Officer
Frank Jaquet Train Passenger
Mitchell Lewis Actor
Etta McDaniel Ronson's Maid
Catherine McLeod Montage Shot Daughter
Clarence Muse Porter
Robert E. O'Connor Baggage Man
Garry Owen Pool Player
Lee Phelps Cop
Bill Smith Skating Man
Ray Teal Man
Anthony Warde Captain
John Wengraf Big Man
Don Wilson Masseur
Marjorie Wood Montage Shot Mother
Joe Yule Barber
Bert May Sailor
Morris Ankrum Willoughby
Nora Cecil Miss Peavy
Minor Watson Sam Ronson
Irving Bacon Tom the Proprietor
Virginia Sale Tom's Wife
Rex Evans Fat man
Connie Gilchrist Woman with baby
Paul Langton Tom Clayworth
Mike Mazurki Man

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Mildred Griffiths Set Decoration/Design
Harry Kurnitz Screenwriter
Everett J. Riskin Producer
Robert Riskin Screenwriter
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
David Snell Score Composer
Dwight Taylor Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Thin Man Goes Home
1. Credits [1:36]
2. Tight Train Travel [4:58]
3. Make Way for Mother [3:51]
4. Homecoming Excitement [3:29]
5. Stinky Davis Case [5:41]
6. Old Home Week [5:13]
7. Public Something [4:34]
8. Getting the Picture [2:21]
9. Dead Man Calling [3:28]
10. I'm on Vacation [3:39]
11. Tom's Auto Court [4:24]
12. Picture Imperfect [3:06]
13. Ronson's Threat [5:17]
14. Higgledy-Piggledy [3:30]
15. Brogan for His Birthday [4:54]
16. Something Out of Mary [4:43]
17. Brogan's Shadow [3:25]
18. Having Men Arrested [4:50]
19. Anything for Art [4:33]
20. Too Late for Mary [3:42]
21. Respectable Citizens [4:43]
22. Hidden Plans [4:23]
23. Blackmail Fairy Tale [4:22]
24. All the Answers [5:28]

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