Turns out this fellow had caught an old movie on TCM just the other day and saw something so amazing that he grabbed his phone and took a video (of his television), because it was so cool. Then he showed me (on his phone) a portion of the fabulous duet at the "West Indies Club" scene from Another Thin Man (1939), below:
Pre-Code Proto-Noir Triple Feature
Enter pretty teenage Helen Chandler (I forget how or why), who Huston declares he's going to marry even though he's a pig and she's half his age. Namby-Pamby goes along at first, thinking at least if his father has someone, the kid can finally leave that stinkin' town and have a life, but realizes how very yick that would be (for her) and intercedes by getting in a fist fight with his father on the wedding night. During the course of this very brutal fight, Huston goes crashing through the upstairs bannister and winds up paralyzed and even more hateful (while Chandler remains in tact, as it were). There are some very creepy scenes of Huston dragging himself around, useless legs trailing behind, menacing the two young people who have, of course, by now fallen in love.
Anyway, there's a big storm with thunder and raging seas and the girl out on a boat having to be rescued and crippled Walter Huston dragging himself into a dinghy and disappearing. The end.
It's the story of a lawyer who is called to defend a man (Paul Lukas) who has just shot his wife (Gloria Stuart) in a jealous rage after finding her naked in the apartment of a Greer-Garson-less Walter Pidgeon. While crafting the defense, Morgan comes to learn that his own wife (Nancy Carroll) is cheating on him! Will he kill her? Will he not? Will he get the other guy acquitted by reason of insanity? Meh.
The film was directed by James Whale, who must have been directing it on the weekends and evenings around the time he was working on The Invisible Man, a much better picture.
I couldn't stay awake for the third of the triple features, sadly. I'd been up for 21 hours at that point and not even something called Laughter in Hell could give me strength.