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* TheOphelia: Selma has some aspects of this; She's a beautiful, tragic, upper class woman who's in the care of a psychologist and seems to just barely be holding onto her wits throughout the movie, and that's ''before'' she's arrested for murder. [[spoiler:She didn't do it, but you can bet discovering that her old boyfriend is a psychotic killer who wanted to see her go mad and hang hasn't done any favors to her mental state. And between her disloyal (and dead) husband, domineering mother, and quack doctor, it's no wonder she's under a lot of stress.]]

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* TheOphelia: Selma has some aspects of this; She's a beautiful, tragic, upper class woman who's in the care of a psychologist and seems to just barely be holding onto her wits throughout the movie, and that's ''before'' she's arrested for murder.murder (and immediately faints). [[spoiler:She didn't do it, but you can bet discovering that her old boyfriend is a psychotic killer who wanted to see her go mad and hang hasn't done any favors to her mental state. And between her disloyal (and dead) husband, domineering mother, and quack doctor, it's no wonder she's under a lot of stress.]]

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* TheOphelia: Selma has some aspects of this; She's a beautiful, tragic, upper class woman who's in the care of a psychologist and seems to just barely be holding onto her wits throughout the movie, and that's ''before'' she's arrested for murder. [[spoiler:She didn't do it, but you can bet discovering that her old boyfriend is a psychotic killer who wanted to see her go mad and hang hasn't done any favors to her mental state. And between her disloyal (and dead) husband, domineering mother, and quack doctor, it's no wonder she's under a lot of stress.]]

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* AssholeVictim: As noted, nobody sheds many tears over Robert's death, but murder is murder.


''After the Thin Man'' is made more interesting by the presence of a 28-year-old [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], billed third, playing David the hopeful ex-boyfriend. Stewart had made his film debut just one year before and this was one of his first big parts. He would play supporting roles for MGM for the next couple of years before hitting it big in 1938 with ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou''. The role he plays here is a good example of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.

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''After the Thin Man'' is made more interesting by the presence of a 28-year-old [[Creator/JimmyStewart James Stewart]], Creator/JamesStewart, billed third, playing David the hopeful ex-boyfriend. Stewart had made his film debut just one year before and this was one of his first big parts. He would play supporting roles for MGM for the next couple of years before hitting it big in 1938 with ''Theatre/YouCantTakeItWithYou''. The role he plays here is a good example of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness.


-> '''Nick Charles''': Come on, let's get something to eat. I'm thirsty.

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-> '''Nick Charles''': Come ->''"Come on, let's get something to eat. I'm thirsty.
thirsty."''
-->-- '''Nick Charles'''


* BrokenWindowWarning: A stone with a note attached flies through the Charles' kitchen window. Hilarity Ensues when their dog Asta grabs the note in his jaws and is pursued through the house.



* WindowPain: A stone with a note attached flies through the Charles' kitchen window. Hilarity Ensues when their dog Asta grabs the note in his jaws and is pursued through the house.

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* WindowPain: A stone with a note attached flies through the Charles' kitchen window. Hilarity Ensues when their dog Asta grabs the note in his jaws and is pursued through the house.----


* GrandeDame: Nora's aunt Katherine in ''After'', who can't stand Nick, always pronouncing his name in a hyper-correct way as "Ni-cho-las".

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* GrandeDame: Nora's aunt Katherine in ''After'', who can't stand Nick, always pronouncing his name in a hyper-correct way as "Ni-cho-las".


''After the Thin Man'' is a 1936 film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, starring Creator/WilliamPowell and Myrna Loy. It was a sequel to 1934 smash hit ''Film/TheThinMan'', and the second of what were eventually six films in the Thin Man series.

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''After the Thin Man'' is a 1936 film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, starring Creator/WilliamPowell and Myrna Loy.Creator/MyrnaLoy. It was a sequel to 1934 smash hit ''Film/TheThinMan'', and the second of what were eventually six films in the Thin Man series.

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* RedHerring: Lum Kee skulks around acting suspicious, but proves to have no involvement in any of the murders.


* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: One of the suspects is Lum Kee, a very unfortunate Chinese stereotype character. (At least in a small mercy he's played by an actual Chinese guy..) He is the owner of the nightclub where Robert was last seen and where Robert's girlfriend worked.

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* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: One of the suspects is Lum Kee, a very unfortunate Chinese stereotype character. (At least in a small mercy he's played by an actual Chinese guy..guy.) He is the owner of the nightclub where Robert was last seen and where Robert's girlfriend worked. There may be a subtle bit of characterization here in that Lum Kee's "you bet you" AsianSpeekeeEngrish talk goes away when he's talking to his fellow hoodlums, rather than Nick Charles.


* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: One of the suspects is Lum Kee, a very unfortunate Chinese stereotype character. He is the owner of the nightclub where Robert was last seen and where Robert's girlfriend worked.

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* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: One of the suspects is Lum Kee, a very unfortunate Chinese stereotype character. (At least in a small mercy he's played by an actual Chinese guy..) He is the owner of the nightclub where Robert was last seen and where Robert's girlfriend worked.



* DoggedNiceGuy: David, tagging along after Selma, hoping to pick up the pieces after her relationship with Robert inevitably blows up...except until the end when he is revealed to not be this at all.

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* DoggedNiceGuy: David, tagging along after Selma, hoping to pick up the pieces after her relationship with Robert inevitably blows up...except until the end when except [[spoiler: he is revealed at the end to not be this at all.]]



* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Selma in ''After'', whose husband was a lout that needed killing and whose supportive would-be boyfriend turns out to be a crazy murderer.

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* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Selma in ''After'', Selma, whose husband was is a lout that needed needs killing and whose supportive would-be boyfriend [[spoiler: turns out to be a crazy murderer.murderer]].



* ImmediateSequel: ''The Thin Man'' ends with Nick and Nora boarding a train to San Francisco after Nick solves the mystery. The sequel starts with Nick and Nora aboard that same train.

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* ImmediateSequel: ''The Thin Man'' ends with Nick and Nora boarding a train to San Francisco after Nick solves the mystery. The sequel This one starts with Nick and Nora aboard that same train.



* MotiveRant: It is certainly fun to see Jimmy Stewart deliver David's wild-eyed, unhinged motive rant.

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* MotiveRant: It is certainly fun to see [[spoiler: Jimmy Stewart Stewart]] deliver David's [[spoiler: David's]] wild-eyed, unhinged motive rant.



-->'''Nick:''' Have you made any New Year's resolutions?
-->'''Nora:''' Not yet. Any complaints or suggestions? [snip]
-->'''Nick:''' Well, you don't scold, you don't nag, and you look far too pretty in the mornings.
-->'''Nora:''' All right, I'll remember: Must scold, must nag, mustn't be too pretty in the mornings.

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-->'''Nick:''' Have you made any New Year's resolutions?
-->'''Nora:'''
resolutions?\\
'''Nora:'''
Not yet. Any complaints or suggestions? [snip]
-->'''Nick:'''
[snip]\\
'''Nick:'''
Well, you don't scold, you don't nag, and you look far too pretty in the mornings.
-->'''Nora:'''
mornings.\\
'''Nora:'''
All right, I'll remember: Must scold, must nag, mustn't be too pretty in the mornings.



* PsychoticLover: The ending reveals that David's jealousy and rage after getting dumped, and especially after getting dumped for a scumbag like Robert, drove him mad. He planned to kill Robert and frame Selma for it.

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* PsychoticLover: The ending reveals that [[spoiler: David's jealousy and rage after getting dumped, and especially after getting dumped for a scumbag like Robert, drove him mad. He planned to kill Robert and frame Selma for it.]]



* TakingYouWithMe: Part of David's MotiveRant. "I've got six bullets in this gun. One for her, one for myself. One for myself, and the rest for anyone who tries to stop me."

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* TakingYouWithMe: Part of David's the villain's MotiveRant. "I've got six bullets in this gun. One for her, one for myself. One for myself, and the rest for anyone who tries to stop me."


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-->'''Nick:''' Well, I'll try...

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* ProlongedPrologue: The murder that forms the central mystery doesn't happen until the movie is half-over. The first half of the movie is taken up by an extended comic scene in which Nick and Nora wander into a party in their own house, then a gag scene with Mr. and Mrs. Asta, then the long sequence at Aunt Katherine's that mixes plot-establishing with broad comedy, and then the scene where Nick and Nora find Robert at the club which establishes Robert as a scumbag.

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* CallingMeALogarithm: One clue is that a note was written with hard words spelled correctly and easy words spelled wrong, in bad imitation of an illiterate person.
-->'''Polly:''' Whadaya mean ''illiterate''? My father and mother were married right here in the city hall!


* WalkThisWay: Nick does this gag when Henry the ancient butler leads him into the house.

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* WalkThisWay: Nick does this gag when Henry the ancient butler leads him into the house.
* WindowPain: A stone with a note attached flies through the Charles' kitchen window. Hilarity Ensues when their dog Asta grabs the note in his jaws and is pursued through the
house.

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* BookEnds: Begins and ends with Nick and Nora on the train.


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* SilenceIsGolden: A scene where Nick inspects a suspect's apartment, only to get in a shootout with Dancer, runs for six minutes without a word of dialogue.

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