Monday, August 1, 2011

SHADOW OF THE THIN MAN (1941)

After a boring opening scene showing off Nick Jr. (hint: I don't give a fuck!) things finally get down to business when Nick and Nora leave the little bastard and go to the racetrack. Naturally, a murder happens as soon as they show up and Nick wants no part of it, but as always he ends up getting involved anyway. It seems there's been a shooting inside a shower stall and one of the jockey's ended up dead. Later on that night at the office of the dude who runs a lot of the local sporting events there's another shooting murder. The killing is pinned on a local reporter who's also a friend of Nick.

Everything that follows is your now standard THIN MAN investigation, but it's still entertaining. There's snooping around in the dark, a large fight in a restaurant, a false story fed to the newspaper and other shenanigans. If you've made it this far into the series then you should watch this one also. It's nothing spectacular, but the mystery is good, there's some funny stuff and Donna Reed is beautiful.

Part 1 - The Thin Man
Part 2 - After the Thin Man
Part 3- Another Thin Man
Part 5 - The Thin Man Goes Home
Part 6 - Song of the Thin Man

Barry Nelson, who you might remember from THE SHINING. His office had the "impossible window".