Following up “The Thin Man,” “After the Thin Man” is a New Year’s Eve comedy-mystery that I can recommend for your holiday weekend viewing.
William Powell and Myrna Loy are back as Nick and Nora Charles, along with Asta of course, and Jimmy Stewart plays a big role as well. Mr. and Mrs. Charles are in San Francisco for the holidays, when they learn that one of Nora’s relatives has gone missing. Nick agrees to search for him, but the case takes a bad turn when he’s found shot and cousin Selma is implicated.
Of course the New Year provides the perfect excuse for alcohol consumption, not that Nick and Nora need an excuse, and Nora’s wealthy family plays the straight man for Nick’s wisecracking patter. It’s very Depression-era, in black and white, and I’d say it’s aged well.
The family element does make the mystery a little more serious than other Thin Man films I’ve seen, but it’s still funny and definitely appropriate to the season. Cheers!