Topper Returns (1941)

Cosmo Topper is back, and so is his uncanny propensity to attract ghosts. This third and final film gets away from the original books and takes the franchise genre-wise in an entirely new direction: a haunted house murder-mystery case. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)

In this well-known film noir spoof, Steve Martin plays a 1940s private eye who is hired by a beautiful young woman to investigate the death of her father. Filmed entirely in black & white, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid also uses footage from old films featuring many a famous face. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

This is a black comedy about an undertaker creating his own demand. It is an entertaining film, which first and foremost benefits from a great cast including horror icons Vincent Price and Boris Karloff. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Naked Truth (1957)

This British comedy contains some very dark humour. There is no holding back when it comes to showing the havoc caused by the film’s central blackmailer. In spite of its darkness, however, the film becomes more farcical as the plot unfolds, in part thanks to the talents of Peter Sellers and the rest of the cast. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Thin Man Goes Home (1944)

The fifth entry into The Thin Man franchise differs slightly in tone from the previous films. It is influenced by the war economy and the filmmakers' desire to swap Nick and Nora's lavish cosmopolitan life-syle for that of picturesque small-town America. And that not only means a different setting and life-style, but also a slightly different set of values. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)

With the fourth film in the Thin Man franchise, we find ourselves back in San Francisco again. And Nora once again manages to nudge Nick into getting involved in a criminal investigation he actually tried to stay away from. A change in writers leads to a miniscule change in tone, but this film still is unmistakably a typical Thin Man film, and not a bad one at that. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

Another Thin Man (1939)

The third entry into the Thin Man franchise sees Nick and Nora (William Powell and Myrna Loy) return to New York. This film is as entertaining as the second one and a worthy addition to the franchise. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

After the Thin Man (1936)

This sequel to The Thin Man sees William Powell and Myrna Loy return as Nick and Nora. The film is slightly less entertaining than the first one, but as a sequel it is definitely successful. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

The Dock Brief (1962)

This comedydrama, known in the US under the title Trial and Error, is a very unusual satire, told in a quaint way. You can always clearly see that this film is based on a play. Being for the most part a two-men-play, The Dock Brief's biggest asset is its lead-combo of Richard Attenborough and Peter Sellers. +++ +++ [click title to read review]

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