Another Thin Man (1939)

Review

The third Thin Man movie finds the series struggling a bit as it searches for new ideas, while also taking a rather mean turn of events. For starters, Asta now has a sibling — a (human) baby — to distract the Charleses. But never mind the kid, the couple (trio) has a new mystery to deal with: A military colonel who’s being threatened by a just-outta-prison man from his past is sure he’s going to be killed. 20 minutes later, he is killed. Whodunnit? Well, our obvious suspect may just be a bit too obvious, if you know what I mean.

Unfortunately, the mystery here is random and a bit obtuse, and the jokes just aren’t as funny with all the ultra-dark goings on.

Fans of the series will enjoy seeing their favorite couple continue to lightly spar and make those cross-cultural jabs, but the end result is decidedly tepid.