The Thin Man

Synopsis: After a four year absence, one time detective Nick Charles returns to New York with his new wife Nora and their dog, Asta. Nick re-connects with many of his old cronies, several of whom are eccentric characters, to say the least. He's also approached by Dorothy Wynant whose inventor father Clyde Wynant is suspected of murdering her father's mistress (his former secretary ).. Her father had left on a planned trip some months before and she has had no contact with him. Nick isn't all that keen on resuming his former profession but egged-on by wife Nora, who thinks this all very exciting, he agrees to help out. He solves the case, announcing the identity of the killer at a dinner party for all of the suspects.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Director(s): W.S. Van Dyke
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Your daughter is here, Mr. Wynant.

Haven't you got any more sense|than to shout like that?

- I'm sorry, but...|- Two weeks work gone for nothing!

- I just wanted to tell you...|- I don't care!

Get your things and get out!|You're through!

- I'm going.|- Get out!

It's a good thing I'm going away.|No peace, no quiet.

Everybody interrupting me.

- Can I come in? Did you tell him?|- I didn't get a chance.


Why didn't somebody|tell me you were here?

I'm sorry to interrupt your work.|Look at you. But this really is important.

How are you?

- Another young man?|- It's the same one.

It's been the same one for three months.

- Forgive me. How are you?|- How do you do?

Take a good look at him, Dad,|and try to remember him...


...he's going to be your son-in-law.

- That is, if it's all right with you, sir.|- And if it isn't?

He's still going to be your son-in-law.

You see how much we have to say.

But, Dad, this is really what|I wanted to talk to you about.

- Do you mind if I look around?|- Help yourself.

Tom, show this...

- Where are you going?|- Home.

- I'm fired.|- Who fired you?

You did.

Forget it.|Will you show this gentleman around?

- Yes, right this way, sir.|- Thank you.

Mother's planning on a big church wedding.

Yeah, she would.

I hate all that fuss.|But I'll do it on one condition...

...that you're there to give me away.

- What would your mother say to that?|- It's my wedding, isn't it?

But wouldn't it be embarrassing,|all of us there...

...your mother and me, your stepfather?|- He can stay home.

Please, Daddy, won't you?

- Lf you think it will be all right.|- You lamb.

Now, wait a minute.

When is it? I'm leaving town tonight.

Where are you going?

That's a secret. I can't even tell you.

I've got an important idea to work on.

A new invention?

Yes, and I don't want somebody to steal it.

But we were planning|on marrying right after Christmas.

I'll be home before Christmas.

- Is it a promise?|- That's a promise I won't forget.

- All right!|- Where's MacCaulay? It's time I started.

- How's your brother?|- He's all right.

I'd like to see him.|Why don't you bring him down?

You know how it is.|He's sort of under Mother's thumb.

Yes, I know.

You're not missing much. He's cuckoo.

Like all the rest of us?

Has this fellow seen the whole family?

Yes, and he still wants to marry me.

- He's a brave man.|- Yes.

Thanks a lot, old man.

- You have an interesting plant here.|- Didn't I tell you?

I didn't know that|you invented that smelting process.

This is the first metal that came through,|three kinds of ore:

Gold, silver, copper.

Isn't that interesting?

- Daddy, does that still bother you?|- Only in bad weather.

- It isn't bad weather now.|- Well, you better get home before it is.

All right. Good-bye, darling,|and don't forget, December 30.

- Good-bye, boy.|- Good-bye.

Take good care of Dorothy.

Show her that there is such a thing|as a happy marriage.

I'll do my best.

- Good-bye, sweetie.|- Good-bye, dear.

Is it all settled?


Why did your mother divorce him?|I think he's swell.

- It seems he has a secretary.|- I'll do my own typing.

Dad's a good barometer. Here's a taxi.

- Hello, Mr. MacCaulay.|- How are you?

- Get under this.|- No, we're taking your cab.

- Is your father still in there?|- Yes, he's waiting for you.

- Did he tell you where he was going?|- He wouldn't say.

- Good-bye, Miss Wynant.|- Good-bye.

Here's your change, boss.

You wouldn't drive slowly,|so you don't get a tip.

That's okay, sweetheart, I got it anyway.

- Mr. Wynant.|- Hello. Did you get my money?

- I wish you'd tell me where you're going.|- I'm not telling anyone.

- Suppose some business should come up?|- That's just why I'm going.

There's $100, $200, $300...

- Here, never mind.|- I wish you'd count it.

- There's $1,000 there.|- I trust you.

Isn't there anything else I can do for you?|Have you bought your ticket?

- No.|- Let me do that for you.

Yes, you might do that.|You might get me a ticket for...

No, you don't.

Thanks and good-bye.

What'll I do if something comes up?

Settle it yourself.|What have I got a lawyer for?

- Is Julia going with you?|- No.

- What if you need more money?|- I left instructions with Julia.

She'll get it from you. Good-bye.

You don't tell me a thing.

I don't know where you're going,|I don't know when you're coming back.

I don't know how to reach you|if any business comes up.

Hello, Tanner.

My daughter's going to be married.

Nice young man. She just brought him in.


I'm going to make her a wedding present.

Thought I'd better do it now|before I forget it.

I can drop them on the way...

That's funny.

- Where are those bonds?|- Bonds, sir?

I know I put them in there.

Maybe Miss Wolf has them, sir.


...maybe she has.

- Joe?|- Yeah.

- How do you like yours?|- Straight.

You women sure take a lot of punishment.

You're in the wrong place, buddy.

Am I?

What do you want?

- Who is it, Joe?|- That's what I want to know.

- We're just having a little drink.|- Yeah, so I see.

See you later, Joe.

Sorry, didn't know I was talking|to the boyfriend.

So long.

So long, Joe.

Who's that man?

He isn't anybody.|Just a fellow I used to know.

I thought you'd given up that sort of friend.

It's the first time I've seen him in years.

I didn't want to give him the high-hat.

You know how I feel|about that sort of thing.

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Albert Hackett

Albert Maurice Hackett (February 16, 1900 – March 16, 1995) was an American dramatist and screenwriter most noted for his collaborations with his partner and wife Frances Goodrich. more…

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