The Thin Man Goes Home

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Mystery

The fifth, and penultimate, entry in the THIN MAN series finds Powell and Loy somewhat under form as they swear off the booze when they go to Powell's home town for a family reunion. His sleuthing reputation follows him even to this sleepy community and he is soon approached by a young man obviously distraught about something. Before he can speak, though,...read more

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The fifth, and penultimate, entry in the THIN MAN series finds Powell and Loy somewhat under form as they swear off the booze when they go to Powell's home town for a family reunion. His sleuthing reputation follows him even to this sleepy community and he is soon approached by a young

man obviously distraught about something. Before he can speak, though, he is shot down by an unknown assailant. Powell takes up the investigation and learns from an old friend, Corrigan, that the victim was a painter of landscapes. He further learns that some of the paintings were sold by an art

dealer to a mysterious couple new in town. Powell suspects that there are spies involved, probably out to steal the plans for a secret new type of propellor under development at a nearby defense plant. As his investigation proceeds, Powell puts a number of prominent citizens under an unpleasant

light and they threaten to withdraw funding from the hospital his doctor father is building if Powell doesn't lay off the case. Powell's father, Davenport, is unconcerned about this threat and tells his son to go on with his detecting. Powell learns that the victim's mother is a local eccentric

named "Crazy Mary" who lives in a shack outside of town. When he goes to see her, he finds her murdered, but also finds a sketch that confirms his suspicions. He calls all the suspects together in his usual fashion and reconstructs the case until he reveals that there is indeed a spy ring

operating in town, and the mysterious couple buying the paintings, Vinson and Ames, are part of it. But it is Corrigan, who had been helping the investigation so he could keep a leash on it, that is the spymaster. Perhaps the new sobriety of Nick and Nora were to blame for the flatness of this

installment, or perhaps it was the way Nora's IQ, once a match for Nick's, seemed to have fallen through the floor since the earlier films, or the fact that Woody Van Dyke, who had helmed all the series to this point, was dead. Loy had not acted in three years, being kept busy with her war work

and her marriage, and some of the chemistry that she and Powell once had was definitely gone. On the plus side, though, audiences were happy to be rid of little Nick, Jr., and the inevitable cloying cuteness he always brought, and the performances of the MGM stock company of character actors were

fine as always, particularly Watson and Davenport as Nick's parents. The film was a big hit at the box office, but, although the series would produce one more episode, the fizz was definitely gone.

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