For most of the film, Nick and Nora are chasing about after the killer(s) and getting a quickie introduction to the jazz world, one strangely uninhabited by African-Americans. The dry-martini duo get dragged to a number of kuh-raaaaazy daddio hepcat happenings, which juices things up somewhat, as the mystery here is somewhat of a klunker and one that you quickly stop trying to bother figuring out.
Although disappointing as a Thin Man film overall, one can't say that this is entirely a waste of time. Powell and Loy are always entertaining companions, especially the former, who comes off as more of a (albeit snide) romantic here: "Darling, give me my pipe, slippers, and a beautiful woman, and you can keep the pipe and slippers," though Loy is always there to undercut him with a dry bon mot. There is also something to be said for a film that can have Powell searching for clues, come up with a razor blade, and wonder, "It could have been Somerset Maugham."
The disc includes a trailer as well as a comedy short and cartoon.
Run time: 86 mins
In Theaters: Monday 1st September 1947
Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment
Production compaines: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Fresh: 8 Rotten: 2
IMDB: 7.0 / 10
Director: Edward Buzzell
Producer: Nat Perrin
Starring: William Powell as Nick Charles, Myrna Loy as Nora Charles, Keenan Wynn as Clarence 'Clinker' Krause, Dean Stockwell as Nick Charles Jr., Phillip Reed as Tommy Edlon Drake, Patricia Morison as Phyllis Talbin, Leon Ames as Mitchell Talbin, Gloria Grahame as Fran Ledue Page, Jayne Meadows as Janet Thayar, Ralph Morgan as David I. Thayar, Bess Flowers as Jessica Thayar, Marie Windsor as Helen Amboy, Don Taylor as Buddy Hollis, Warner Anderson as Dr. Monolaw, Bruce Cowling as Phil Orval Brant, Connie Gilchrist as Bertha, Henry Nemo as The Neem, William Bishop as Al Amboy, Clinton Sundberg as Mr. Purdy, Hotel Vesta Desk Clerk (uncredited)