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Song Of The Thin Man Blu-ray Review

The Thin Man series does not go out with a bang.

“Song Of The Thin Man” is the sixth and final entry in the mystery film series. The story finds Nick and Nora Charles investigating the death of an in debt jazz band leader (Tommy Drake). Of course, there are plenty of suspects.

Directed by Edward Buzzell, “Song Of The Thin Man” finds the franchise running on empty in the last installment. William Powell and Myrna Loy look rather disinterested in the roles this time around although that may be due to the poor script. Speaking of which, the script by Steve Fisher and Nat Perrin is the epitome of lazy and generic. Not only are there no surprises to be found here, but there’s also some eye rolling attempts at humor (all of the jive talk stuff falls completely flat). There are a few chuckles here and there that mostly come from the beloved dog character Asta.

Perhaps the most perplexing element of this sequel is that it wastes a whole lot of talent and characters. I was hoping Nick and Nora’s son Nick Jr. (played by a very young Dean Stockwell) would play more prominently into the story, but that doesn’t happen. Gloria Grahame (who plays a singer named Fran) is barely in the movie at all. Even Patricia Morison (Phyllis) who ultimately has a key role doesn’t appear as much as she should.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a crisp transfer of this B&W movie.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a clean 2.0 track through and through.

Extras include a theatrical trailer, a cartoon titled “Slap Happy Lion” and a “Passing Parade Short: A Really Important Person.”

January 24, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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