This substandard outing for the Powell-Loy duo in the legendary roles of Nick and Nora Charles comes from the pen of master detective writer Hammett. Arriving in New York to spend some of Loy's considerable fortune, the pair are asked by Smith to come to his Long Island estate; he is
fearful that someone is trying to kill him, he tells them, and asks if Powell will look into some puzzling actions by his relatives and friends. The couple, with their baby son (William Anthony Poulsen, in a part later assumed by Dean Stockwell as the Charles boy grew older) and nurse, encamp at
Smith's rambling estate, where the colonel is murdered as prophesied. As Powell consumes in...