Friday, May 19 at 8PM
“After The Thin Man” starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart (and Skippy the wire fox terrier). Directed by W.S. Van Dyke. 1936, 112mins., 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. And 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. Such a rush to try to make more out of an unexpected hit has been known to backfire in Hollywood either because the new film too slavishly follows the old, or on the other hand, does not keep enough faith with what had worked so well before. But not in this case.
“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 storyline. 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.
One big reason for the first film’s success was the remarkable on-screen chemistry between William Powell and Myrna Loy playing the leads. Ironically, MGM originally did not want to cast either of the two veteran film actors, but was talked into it by Director W.D. Van Dyke. Very wisely, MGM had no such qualms for the sequel. Another reason for the first success was Director Van Dyke’s twin insights to keep the story fast-paced and breezy, and to hire real-life married screenwriters Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich to pen the witty, often crackling, perfectly dovetailed, and virtually non-stop banter between Nick and Nora. Fortunately, Van Dyke, Hackett and Goodrich were all brought back for the sequel. And so was Dashiell Hammett, who wrote an original story as the basis for the sequel’s screenplay.
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 come fall into just as mysterious.
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors & kids (12 & younger). Combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a weekend series.
Live entrance music on the Loew’s Wonder Pipe Organ before most screenings.
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The Landmark Loew's Jersey is easily reached by car and mass transit from throughout the New York & New Jersey area. We are located directly across JFK Blvd from the JSQ PATH Station with trains to and from the World Trade Center and 33rd Street in Manhattan, as well as Newark’s Penn Station. The Theatre is close to the NJ Turnpike & Holland Tunnel. Discounted off street parking in Square Ramp Garage.
The Loew's is a place where the great movie going experience is still alive -- a classic movie palace, a 50 foot wide screen, and a real pipe organ for entrance music before most shows! And whenever possible, screenings are still in 35mm.
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