Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1941. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story by Harry Kurnitz, Screenplay by Irving Brecher, Harry Kurnitz, based on characters created by Dashiell Hammett. Cinematography by William H. Daniels. Produced by Hunt Stromberg. Music by David Snell. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons. Costume Design by Robert Kalloch. Film Editing by Robert Kern.
Police are investigating yet another big-city homicide when a racehorse jockey is found shot in the head in his locker room shower. They don’t need to seek the help of Nick and Nora Charles since the Charleses keep falling into the heap by encountering a matter of police business every time they go out. A victim of circumstance, Nick (William Powell) has no choice but to help solve the mystery. This is one of the better sequels to the wonderful Thin Man franchise, with great dialogue and supporting characters, plus a marvelous continuation of the terrific humour and sexy chemistry between the two leads. What’s better this time around is that Myrna Loy‘s Nora is more involved and even gets to be an action hero in the climax.