In six films over 13 years, from 1934 – 1947, the Depression-era fantasy leisure-class married couple Nick and Nora Charles (and Asta, their Wire Fox Terrier) drank a lot, flirted with each other and solved crimes together. The films star William Powell and Myrna Loy, and a host of MGM’s finest character actors, in comedy-mystery B movies that were given snappy dialogue and absurd plots that came complete with tricky murders to solve.
Host Marc Strauss will give a short Intro and background of each film at 7 pm on Zoom, then show the movie (watch via Zoom, online, or on your own DVD), and return afterwards for discussion and Q & A with everyone. (Please check the times below to gauge approximate discussion time.)
June 18, 2020—7 pm: The Thin Man(1934; 1 hour, 33 minutes)—Template for the series, William Powell and Myrna Loy play the debonair (and often a bit tipsy) “retired” private investigator and his charming, strong-willed wife in the title roles of an adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s 1932 mystery novel.
June 25, 2020—7 pm: After the Thin Man(1936; 1 hour, 53 minutes)—Delightful second entry finds the urbane Charles’s in San Francisco and, when not inordinately inebriated, investigating murder charges brought against Loy’s unstable cousin. Slightly overlong but first rate, with a truly surprising culprit.
July 2, 2020—7 pm: Another Thin Man(1939; 1 hour, 45 minutes)—Murder strikes at a Long Island estate and the screen’s favorite lush-detective couple (along with Asta and newborn son, Nick, Jr.) move in to solve it.
July 9, 2020—7 pm: Shadow of the Thin Man(1941; 1 hour, 37 minutes)—Nick and Nora probe murder at a race track and run into the usual assortment of shady characters, notable for famed future acting teacher Stella Adler in a rare film role. Look fast for Ava Gardner walking by a car at a race track.
July 16, 2020—7 pm; The Thin Man Goes Home(1944; 1 hour, 40 minutes)—Nick takes the family on a vacation to Sycamore Springs to visit his parents, but naturally winds up embroiled in a murder case. Leisurely entry, with even more comedy than usual.
July 23, 2020—7 pm; Song of the Thin Man(1947; 1 hour, 26 minutes)—Nick and Nora search for clues to a murder in the dark atmosphere of New York City jazz clubs. Eleven-year-old Dean Stockwell portrays Nick, Jr., in this sixth and final series entry, still amiable and entertaining thanks to the stars’ chemistry.
Virtual Tickets available here.
(Zoom link will be sent to purchasers prior to June 18)