First thing everyone will want to know about this one is whether it is as good as The Thin Man, and the answer is that it is - and it isn't. It has the same stars, William Powell and Myrna Loy; the same style of breezy direction by W.S. Van Dyke; almost as many sparkling lines of dialog and amusing situations; but it hasn't, and probably couldn't have, the same freshness and originality of its predecessor.

First thing everyone will want to know about this one is whether it is as good as The Thin Man, and the answer is that it is – and it isn’t. It has the same stars, William Powell and Myrna Loy; the same style of breezy direction by W.S. Van Dyke; almost as many sparkling lines of dialog and amusing situations; but it hasn’t, and probably couldn’t have, the same freshness and originality of its predecessor.

The same author, Dashiell Hammett, wrote it, and the same screen writers, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, did the adaptation. It’s the ‘same’ all the way through, and while that’s a guarantee of a certain general excellence, it’s the reason why it does not shine so brightly.

Powell as the amateur detective, with Loy tagging along and getting herslef tangled up in the plot, eventually gets his man. The two leading players seem to have a swell time throughout. They do a bedroom scene which is packed with laughs, but which is topped by a subsequent sequence when, having slept through an entire day, they have their breakfast in the evening and appear unable, or unwilling, to adjust themselves to the passing of time.

1936: Nomination: Best Screenplay

After the Thin Man

Production

M-G-M. Director W.S. Van Dyke; Producer Hunt Stromberg; Writer Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett; Camera Oliver T. Marsh Editor Robert J. Kern; Music Herbert Stothart, Edward Ward Art Cedric Gibbons, Harry McAfee

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

William Powell Myrna Loy James Stewart Elissa Landi Joseph Calleia Jessie Ralph
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