After The Thin Man – Part of Movie Sequels Weekend

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After The Thin Man – Part of Movie Sequels Weekend

May 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart (and Skippy the wire fox terrier). Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. 1936, 112 mins., B&W. In 35mm.

Nick Charles is a debonair former private investigator. Nora is his charming, socialite wife. The two travel in the art deco world of the 1930s, enjoying each other’s company — and cocktails. Even though Nick officially retired as a detective when he married Nora, he still has a habit of stumbling upon particularly mysterious murders which he, Nora, and their precocious terrier Asta end up solving for the somewhat hapless police.

The Charleses (and Asta) are among the most endearing and enduring characters in movie history – though at first they were not expected to be so. The first Thin Man, based on a Dashiell Hammett novel of the same name, had been conceived by MGM as a one-off, B movie production with, what for that studio, was a modest budget and short filming schedule (about two weeks). But when the finished movie hit screens, it proved to be such an enormous hit with critics and the public alike that MGM moved quickly to make a sequel.

After The Thin Man manages to maintain the charm of the first film while not seeming like a re-tread. That’s because the key ingredients of the first film’s success were all retained, but were mixed into a distinctive story line. And to top it off, one new piece was added — in the form of a young Jimmy Stewart, still on his way to major stardom.

So in their second outing, Nick and Nora are just as charming, their banter just as fast and fun, and the who-done-it they fall into just as mysterious. (And this helped prompt yet another sequel; ultimately, there were five sequels.)

Admission: $8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Children (Combo pricing available for more than one film in a weekend series.)


May 19
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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