The Thin Man Goes Home

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"Together again in M-G-M's riotous comedy."
  • Approved
  • 1945
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 7.3  (6,245)

The Thin Man Goes Home is a delightful comedy/mystery movie from 1944, directed by Richard Thorpe and based on the characters created by Dashiell Hammett. The film stars William Powell as Nick Charles, a retired detective who returns to his hometown with his wife Nora (Myrna Loy) for a family vacation. Nick and Nora arrive in Sycamore Springs, a small New England village, where Nick's parents live. Nick has not seen his father in years and fears that the reunion might be awkward. However, his father (Harry Davenport) seems happy to see him and has even prepared a surprise party for him. Nick is also reunited with other family members, including his sister (Lucile Watson) and her daughter (Gloria DeHaven).

However, Nick's vacation is soon interrupted when he stumbles upon a murder case. A local artist, who had been creating a statue of Nick's father, is found dead in the village square, and all evidence points to Nick's father as the murderer. Nick, of course, cannot stand by and let his father be accused of a crime he did not commit, so he decides to investigate the case himself.

The rest of the movie follows Nick's witty and charming investigation, as he questions the suspects and tries to unravel the mystery. Nora, as always, is by his side, offering her support and her own brand of humor. The suspects include the victim's bitter ex-wife, an eccentric artist, and various other characters from Sycamore Springs.

One of the film's strengths is the chemistry between Powell and Loy, who play the Charleses with aplomb. Their banter and teasing are a highlight of the movie, and their relationship feels natural and loving.

Another strength is the movie's pacing, which keeps the audience engaged throughout. The mystery is well-conceived, and the clues are perfectly placed to keep the audience guessing. The film also looks gorgeous, with beautiful black-and-white cinematography that captures the quaintness of the village.

One of the standout scenes in the movie is a dinner party at Nick's father's house, where the suspects are invited and Nick proceeds to interrogate them one by one. The scene is full of tension, but also humor, as Nick and Nora trade quips while trying to uncover the killer. It's a perfect example of the movie's balance of comedy and suspense.

Overall, The Thin Man Goes Home is a delightful return to form for the Charleses, who had not appeared on screen since 1941's Shadow of the Thin Man. The movie is a must-see for fans of classic Hollywood comedies and mysteries, and a great introduction to the iconic detective duo for newcomers.

The Thin Man Goes Home is a 1945 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3.

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    1 hr 40 min
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    7.3  (6,245)