Song of the Thin Man

Synopsis: Nick and Nora Charles are asked by Phil Brant and Janet Thayar, who have just eloped, to help them after band leader Tommy Drake is killed at a society dance which Nick and Nora also attended. The police are looking to arrest Brant for the murder and while he claims he's innocent, Nick isn't too keen on having him in the house and turns him over to the police. As they look into the case, Nick and Nora learn that Drake wasn't very well liked and there are actually several people who benefited from his death. Drake owed money to loan shark Al Amboy, and Janet's father disliked Brant and may have set him up. Drake's girlfriend may have been having a fling with clarinetist Buddy Hollis, and he and Drake had a fist fight on stage during the festivities. Nick arranges for another party on the same boat where Nora notices something quite peculiar about one of the guest's jewelry.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music
Director(s): Edward Buzzell
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
86 min

Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen.

We sure get a genteel clientele

with these charity shindigs.

Especially the dames.

What class. What refinement.

What cultured tomatoes.

Get a load of that one.



In polite society, we don't say "yoo-hoo."

We say "yoo-whom."

- Nick, hi.

- Hi.

You remember Mrs. Charles.


You took the words right out of my mouth.

What are you doing at this clambake?

You ain't detectiving, are you?

Mrs. Charles thinks we should cultivate

some people who haven't served time.

She wants to create a proper atmosphere

for Nicky Jr.

Junior? How is the little squirt?

The little squirt is fine.

Thanks to your teaching...

he can crack any safe in town now

in 15 minutes.

Thirty-one and black.

Thirty-one and black. Mama, that's us.

You shouldn't talk that way to my friends.

They're sensitive.

I didn't mean to hurt them. I love them.

They're perfect gentlemen,

right down to their fingerprints.

I've got a great idea.

- What is it?

- Let's go home.

What's at home?

- You, my pipe, my slippers.

- I think you're slipping.

Darling, give me my pipe, my slippers

and a beautiful woman...

- and you can have my pipe and slippers.

- That's sweet. But we're staying here.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Buddy Hollis and his famous clarinet.

That reedman

is really whacked up tonight.

You'd be sporting a whack-job, too...

if you were carrying a torch like him

for that little cookie.

Take over, Maxie.

What's wrong?

Boat rocking too much for you?

Or is the reedman's condition

a little too tough to take?

The sensational Buddy Hollis.

Sounded more like a kid with a kazoo.

And his own tune, too.

It's bad enough

getting on the jumping juice...

disappearing for days,

forgetting where he's been.

He doesn't know where he is

when he gets back.

If you ask me, the guy has blown his top.

What do you expect

after the pushing around we gave him?

Maybe you'd like

to patch things up with him.

Wouldn't that be convenient for you and

the dames you've been chasing around?

You've been peeking.

I must have blown my top...

kicking Buddy over

for a road-company Casanova like you.

There you are.

Bandstand too crowded for you?

Maybe you'd like me

to bring the boys out here.

Sorry, bossman.

You mind taking the girlfriend with you?


Brings sunshine into everyone's life,

doesn't he?

Stay out in that sunshine long enough,

you get a third-degree burn.

Where are you going?

I can't stand that oily kisser of yours

too long without another drink.

- Sit down.

- What do you mean?

I said, sit down.

Boys, you'd better get on there.

Hurry up. Come on.

Buddy, darling.

Get him up. He's not hurt.

Get him out of here. He's all right.

You didn't have to hit him.

I should have let him

crease my scalp with that clarinet.

He's beat. He couldn't lift it that high.

- What did you expect me to do?

- Just what you did.

- He's through. Get him out.

- Wait a minute.

I don't want any part of him. Get him out.

What goes on here?

Trying to turn this boat

into a fishing barge?

Relax. The band is my business.

On this boat, it's my business.

If that's the way you want it...

when I finish here tonight,

we'll wash up for good.

I don't like fast shuffles, Tommy.

Here's a card right off the top of the deck:

Mitch Talbin's booked a tour

of dance halls for me.

I can make more money with him

in 30 weeks than with you in 30 years.

You see,

your publicity man did a good job on me.

That awful smell around here

must be your gratitude.


Remind me to look that word up.

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Steve Fisher

Stephen Louis Fisher (born March 24, 1945) is a retired American basketball coach. Fisher has served as the head coach at the University of Michigan, where he won the national championship in 1989, and was an assistant at Michigan, Western Michigan University, and the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. From 1999 to 2017, Fisher was head coach at San Diego State. Fisher attended Illinois State University, where he helped lead the Redbirds to the Final Four of the 1967 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament. more…

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