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--> '''Nick:''' Now Mommy, you know you shouldn't be out of bed so soon. What would the doctors say?

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--> '''Nick:''' Now Mommy, you know you shouldn't be out and about like this, your first day out of bed so soon. bed. What would the doctors say?health inspectors say? They'll put you right back in quarantine!



--> (Everyone around them makes excuses and leaves.)

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--> (Everyone around them makes quickly make excuses and leaves.)


In this one Nick and Nora Charles (Powell and Loy) have gone back to New York to meet Col. [=MacFay=], a stuffy old Brit (played by C. Aubrey Smith, patron saint of stuffy old Brits), who has been managing Nora's business interests. [=MacFay=] has become convinced that Phil Church, formerly an employee of his that went to prison for shady business dealings, is out to get him. His daughter Lois (Virginia Grey) is terrified for her father. Sure enough, the Colonel is murdered while Nick and Nora are staying at his Long Island mansion, and Nick Charles is drawn against his will into another murder mystery.

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In this one Nick and Nora Charles (Powell and Loy) have gone back returned to New York City with their infant son Nick Jr., whereupon they are summoned out to Long Island to meet with Col. [=MacFay=], a stuffy old Brit (played by C. Aubrey Smith, patron saint of stuffy old Brits), who has been managing Nora's business interests. [=MacFay=] has become convinced that Phil Church, formerly an employee of his that went to prison for shady business dealings, is out to get him. His daughter Lois (Virginia Grey) is terrified for her father. Sure enough, the Colonel is murdered while Nick and Nora are staying at his Long Island mansion, and Nick Charles is drawn against his will into another murder mystery.

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* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: At one point Vogel flashes a fake badge at Nick, who isn't fooled for a minute, but wisely pretends to believe it.


* TheAlibi: Lois is with Nick and Nora when the Colonel's shot goes off, so she is believed to be innocent. It is revealed that with Phil's help she set up an elaborate timing mechanism in which she first killed her father, and then rigged the gun to go off five minutes later, after she'd left.

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* TheAlibi: [[spoiler: Lois is with Nick and Nora when the Colonel's shot goes off, so she is believed to be innocent. It is revealed that with Phil's help she set up an elaborate timing mechanism in which she first killed her father, and then rigged the gun to go off five minutes later, after she'd left.]]



* TheDogWasTheMastermind: As usual in the Thin Man series, a character that seemed perfectly innocent was the murderer. This time it's Lois, who killed her own father in order to get her inheritance. Hilariously, the formerly prim and proper Lois starts talking in a distinctly low-class voice after she's exposed.

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* TheDogWasTheMastermind: As usual in the Thin Man series, a character that seemed perfectly innocent was the murderer. This time it's [[spoiler: Lois, who killed her own father in order to get her inheritance. inheritance.]] Hilariously, [[spoiler: the formerly prim and proper Lois starts talking in a distinctly low-class voice after she's exposed.]]



* {{Patricide}}: Lois is revealed as TheSociopath who killed her father because she wanted her inheritance so she could live the high life.

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* {{Patricide}}: [[spoiler: Lois is revealed as TheSociopath who killed her father because she wanted her inheritance so she could live the high life.]]



* SummationGathering: As with all Thin Man films. This one is a little different in that Nick has already figured out that Lois did it. In the first two films he didn't know before the gathering and had to tease out a slip-up from the killer.

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* SummationGathering: As with all Thin Man films. This one is a little different in that Nick has already figured out that Lois who did it. In the first two films he didn't know before the gathering and had to tease out a slip-up from the killer.


* AmbiguousSituation: Not that it excuses the scheme he worked out, but as Nick himself points out, it's possible that Church really did have a legitimate beef with [=MacFay=].



* AssholeVictim: "Asshole" might be stretching it a ''bit'', but [=MacFay=] is a cantankerous demanding old coot that nobody is really broken up to see dead. [[spoiler: Not even his daughter- she was the one who killed him.]] Heck, more people are genuinely upset when [[spoiler: Church is murdered.]]
* BecomingTheMask: Church's female accomplice genuinely falls for him.



* BusmansHoliday: Nick never wants to go detecting. This time he's merely trying to start running Nora's busineses.
* BroughtHomeTheWrongKid: Some of Nick's hoodlum friends decide to throw Little Nicky a first birthday party, and bring all their own kids. One of them has to rent one to attend. The villain of the story, after being revealed, attempts to get away by claiming to have kidnapped Nicky. Nora goes to check and sure enough, there is another kid in his place. Turns out the villain was bluffing; Nick's friend had grabbed the wrong kid when he left, and the villain happened to notice before everyone else. The friend soon returns with Nicky, clearing it up.

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* BusmansHoliday: Nick never wants to go detecting. This time he's merely trying He didn't even want to start running Nora's busineses.
visit [=MacFay=] in the first place, much less solve the man's murder.
* BroughtHomeTheWrongKid: Some of Nick's hoodlum friends decide to throw Little Nicky a first birthday party, and bring all their own kids. One of them has to rent one to attend. The villain of the story, after being revealed, attempts to get away by claiming to have kidnapped Nicky. Nora goes to check and sure enough, there is another kid in his place. Turns out the villain was bluffing; Nick's friend had grabbed the wrong kid when he left, and the villain happened to notice before everyone else. The friend soon second kid's enraged mother then returns with Nicky, clearing it up.



* NeverOneMurder: Part of the "Thin Man" formula. In this one, Church is killed towards the end.

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* NeverOneMurder: Part of the "Thin Man" formula. In this one, Church [[spoiler: Church]] is killed towards the end.



* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Phil Church's confrontation with Nick ends with Church demanding money, then making an obvious threat, explaining that people he's dreamed of always die after his third dream of their death--and that he's dreamed of Nora and their baby. This gets Nick really pissed and leads to the Papa Wolf moment (see above).

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The secret ex-con Dorothy]] legs it immediately after the first murder, but didn't have anything to do with it.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Phil Church's confrontation with Nick ends with Church demanding money, then making an obvious threat, explaining that people he's dreamed of always die after his third dream of their death--and that he's dreamed of he might start dreaming about Nora and their baby. This gets Nick really pissed and leads to the Papa Wolf moment (see above).



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [=MacFay's=] business partners are oddly blase upon seeing his corpse, much to Nick's confusion.

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* UndyingLoyalty: Dum-Dum towards Church. [[spoiler: He does not take the latter's death at all well.]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [=MacFay's=] business partners and employees are oddly blase upon seeing his corpse, much to Nick's confusion.



--> '''Nora: (catching on)''' I won't go back into quarantine, I don't care who catches it!

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--> '''Nora: (catching on)''' (playing along)''' I won't go back into quarantine, I don't care who catches it!


--> (Everyone around them makes excuses and leaves.)

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--> (Everyone around them makes excuses and leaves.))
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Shemp Howard, later of the Three Stooges, has an uncredited supporting role.


* ItWasHereISwear: The sight of a body lying in the road causes Nick to stop the car and jump out. the body then disappears. It turns out to be Dum-Dum, playing mind games.

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* InspectorJavert: Played with. The cops pursue Nick as a suspect a few times, but eventually DA Van Slack realizes Nick's a better investigator than they are.
* ItWasHereISwear: The sight of a body lying in the road causes Nick to stop the car and jump out. the The body then disappears. It turns out to be Dum-Dum, playing mind games.


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* SkewedPriorities: Rather than indulge the police's attempts to put the blame on Nick, Nora zeroes in on the many girls Nick apparently had relationships with.


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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [=MacFay's=] business partners are oddly blase upon seeing his corpse, much to Nick's confusion.
-->'''Dudley Horn:''' That's a mean way to die.
-->'''Nick:''' Is there a nice way to die?
-->'''Mrs. Bellam:''' Well, we all have to go someday. Should I call the sheriff?
-->'''Nick:''' [[CaptainObvious ...Yeeees.]]


''Another Thin Man'' is a 1939 film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, starring Creator/WilliamPowell and Creator/MyrnaLoy. It is the third of six films in the "Thin Man" series that started with ''Film/TheThinMan'' in 1934.

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''Another Thin Man'' is a 1939 film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, Dyke II, starring Creator/WilliamPowell and Creator/MyrnaLoy. It is the third of six films in the "Thin Man" series that started with ''Film/TheThinMan'' in 1934.


''Another Thin Man'' is a 1939 film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, starring Creator/WilliamPowell and Myrna Loy. It is the third of six films in the "Thin Man" series that started with ''Film/TheThinMan'' in 1934.

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''Another Thin Man'' is a 1939 film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, starring Creator/WilliamPowell and Myrna Loy.Creator/MyrnaLoy. It is the third of six films in the "Thin Man" series that started with ''Film/TheThinMan'' in 1934.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Shemp Howard, later of the Three Stooges, has an uncredited supporting role.

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* TheAlibi: Lois is with Nick and Nora when the Colonel's shot goes off, so she is believed to be innocent. It is revealed that with Phil's help she set up an elaborate timing mechanism in which she first killed her father, and then rigged the gun to go off five minutes later, after she'd left.

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* SummationGathering: As with all Thin Man films. This one is a little different in that Nick has already figured out that Lois did it. In the first two films he didn't know before the gathering and had to tease out a slip-up from the killer.

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* NeverTrustATitle: So...why is it called ''Another Thin Man''?

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