Another Thin Man (1939)

This is the third movie in the Thin Man series and it is also my favorite one of the series for a couple of different reasons. For one thing who ever the director was for the movie did a couple of things right. First off they always had something interesting going on including small details that might not have been included in a script.

They also kept all of the great actors in this movie on point and there were a lot of good actors, too. Leonard Sheldon is great as one of the criminals in the movie who may or may not have been responsible for the murder. Along with Sheldon we get not one but two cops to accompany the thin man and his wife this time. Nat Pendleton makes another one of his appearances and this is also the first but not last appearance from Otto Kruger in one of the movies I will be blogging about.

It’s a toss up to see which one of the two cops is more entertaining. Pendleton not only has some good action moments such as throwing one person into a chair to stop a fight but also has a great scene when he gets exasperated with another one of the characters when he finds out that they were responsible for him being up all night for no good reason. Kruger on the other hand is totally Germanic and inquisitive through out the entire thing. He’s one of the few characters in the series who seems to rival Powell in the way he can get information from people and command a room or situation.

Everybody else is good, too, and there is a lot of action. I will not be reviewing the last three thin man movies because none of those is as good as the first three. By the time the 1940s had arrived much better things had arrived, which we will be getting to very soon.

Published by cinemashrew

I am a writer and avid movie watcher (used to be music listener but I got bored of that).

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