Left: Shadow of the Thin Man release poster
Right: Barry Nelson and Donna Reed teach Asta to jump through a hoop and clap his hind legs

Shadow of the Thin Man

Shadow of the Thin Man is fourth in a popular series of six films (1934 - 1947) based upon Dashiell Hammett's 1932 detective novel, The Thin Man. The films pitted William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick Charles, retired detective, and his wife, Nora, against a series of mysteries and each other with wry and witty dialogue that kept audiences coming back.

Shadow of the Thin Man finds Nick and Nora visiting a racetrack when a murder of a jockey takes place. Some time later, a reporter is murdered which draws Nick into the investigation. Through a series of twists and turns, Nick and Nora unravel the mystery while meeting many shady characters. Fans of the series note many comedic light touches, such as when Nick, alcohol drinker extraordinaire, is forced to drink a glass of milk and actually likes it!

The film features Donna Reed in a small part as Molly Ford, girlfriend of the murder suspect, Paul Clarke.


  • Detective Nick Charles - William Powell
  • Nora Charles - Myrna Loy
  • Asta - himself
  • Paul Clarke - Barry Nelson
  • Molly Ford - Donna Reed
  • Lt. Abrams - Sam Levene
  • Whitey Barrow - Alan Baxter
  • Nicky Charles, Jr. - Dickie Hall
  • Link Stephens - Loring Smith
  • Claire Porter - Stella Adler
  • Rainbow Benny - Lou Lubin
  • Stella - Louise Beavers

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