This series spanned years and each production was charming and witty fun for the movie going public. Dashiell Hammet's Nick and Nora were perfectly portrayed by William Powell and Myrna Loy and this third entry, like the others, is a breezy and fun comedy mystery done with style, class, a great cast, and top drawer production values from MGM at it's zenith.
In this one, little Nicky Jr. is a year old and proud parents Nick and Nora are having a ball. Nick tries to get out of going to Long Island as Colonel McFay (C. Aubrey Smith) only wants Nick to go over financial reports and other mundane matters that might interfere with Nick's drinking. But there is also a threat on the Colonel's life and Nora wants a quiet weekend in the country. When it's Nick and Nora it's anything but quiet and there has to be some shady goings on, including murder.
A sharp and clever script with snappy dialog keep this one moving along nicely. Pretty Virginia Grey is the Colonel's daughter Lois and Ruth Hussey (The Uninvited) plays little Nicky's nurse Dorothy. Lois wants to marry Dudley Horn (Patrick Knowles), much to the chagrin of the Colonel and his secratery Freddie (Tom Neal), who is in love with the lovely Lois as well. Some of the Colonel's business dealings have been just a little on the shady side over the years since the death of his business partner, Nora's father, and Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard) has a score to settle with the Colonel, who of course, ends up dead.
The interplay between Nick and Nora is fun and a body in the road and a pool house fire get things moving quickly in this light, breezy entertainment. Nat Pendelton is along as Lt. Guild and Marjorie Main has a nice turn as a funny landlady. Church's girlfriend Smitty (Muriel Hutchison in a nice role) and Abner Biberman as Church's menacing and loyal right hand 'Dum Dum' add to a story a little more complicated than you might think, especially when Nick finally reveals the killer.
This time the gathering of suspects, including Don Costello as 'Diamond Back' Vogel, takes place at a bithday party for Nicky Jr. thrown by Nick's old 'pals'. Shemp Howard (The Three Stooges) has a funny role as Whacky, as does Harry Bellaver as 'Creeps'. Otto Kruger is on hand as A.D.A. Van Slack to watch Nick unmask the killer, which might just be a suprise.
Nora's learning about Nick's former life, including his many girlfriends, and a fun time at The West Indies Club are just a couple of highlights as Nick and Nora track down a killer during their 'quiet weekend in the country'. This is enjoyable and wonderful, a fun time at the movies all around. You just can't miss this one...