Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1947. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story by Stanley Roberts, Screenplay by Steve Fisher, Nat Perrin, additional dialogue by James O’Hanlon, Harry Crane, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett. Cinematography by Charles Rosher. Produced by Nat Perrin. Music by David Snell. Production Design by Randall Duell, Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Irene. Film Editing by Gene Ruggiero.
The last time that Myrna Loy and William Powell were teamed up as amateur detectives Nora and Nick Charles was in this enjoyable little thriller. This time the murderer that they seek is travelling through the world of jazz music, so in between the funny one-liners and near-death experiences there’s lots of great instrumental music to keep your toes tapping. The situations have gotten stale by this point in the series, but the dialogue is still fresh and funny, and it seems that Powell and Loy never ran out of marvelous chemistry together on screen.