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The Thin Man Goes Home

The Thin Man Goes Home is a 1944 motion picture directed by Richard Thorpe. It is the fifth of the six Thin Man films about Dashiell Hammett's dapper private detective Nick Charles and his wealthy wife, Nora.

Plot

The film involves Nick and Nora's visit to Nick's parents who live in the small town of Sycamore Springs. The early part of the film highlights difficulties in traveling during wartime with some very funny attempts to smuggle Asta on the train. Early on, it is revealed that Nick's father, Dr. Charles (Harry Davenport) has never been overly impressed with his son's career choice. The remainder of the film is not just about solving the crime, which as typically Nick and Nora stumble into quite innocently, but also about resolving this issue between Nick and his father.

The town citizens are convinced that Nick is in town to solve a case and all the denials from both him and Nora only deepen their conviction. However, Nora's purchase of an old painting provides the means for the pair to become involved in a murder mystery with complications involving an abandoned baby, a spy ring, and a childhood rivalry gone awry. Eventually, Dr. Charles sees how special Nick's talents are and the movie ends on a high note with him finally respecting the talents of his offspring.

The background that the movie provides for Nick is rather interesting as it is totally at odds with what is revealed in the book by Dashiell Hammett. In the book, Nick is of Greek origin from a father who changed his surname from Charalambides to Charles to fit a photograph. The type of small town upbringing which is portrayed in the movie is seemingly at odds with the characterization in the book.

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