Classic Movie Discussion Group
Public is invited to a free viewing and discussion of the movie “The Thin Man” (1934, 91 minutes) The viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday July 12 , 2017 at 6 pm with Tony Stevens leading the discussion.
The Thin Man (1934) is the first installment of a popular series of films casting a sophisticated, glamorous, pleasure-seeking, and urbane husband-wife detective team (William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles). Director W.S. Van Dyke had previously directed Manhattan Melodrama (1934), in which stars Powell and Loy had displayed their unique and charming chemistry in their first of 14 film pairings.
The film’s mystery story takes a back seat to the romantic screwball comedy, featuring the splendid, snappy and flirty banter between the rich, carefree married couple. They are known for sleuthing, solving murders, wisecracking one-liners, affectionate witticisms, delightful teasing and one-upmanship, alcoholic fun with plenty of martinis, a wire-haired terrier named Asta (actually named Skippy), and a loving relationship – often punctuated with quick kisses and slight hiccups.
The story is taken from Dashiell Hammett’s 1934 detective novel of the same name, with a married couple that was supposedly modeled on the author’s relationship with longtime love and playwright Lillian Hellman. [This was Hammett’s fifth and final novel, written following The Maltese Falcon and The Glass Key.] The ‘thin man’ is actually the murder victim in the novel and film, and only appeared in the initial film. This low-budget MGM film, that was shot in less than three weeks (14 days) and earned over $2 million, is the best of the bunch.
It launched a series of five more lucrative Thin Man movies (from 1936 to 1947), some of which had their screenplays also written by Dashiell Hammett. Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich were responsible for co-writing the screenplays for the first three Thin Man films:
The free viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 6 pm, with Walter Brice & Jerry Lincecum as organizers. To receive an email notice a couple of days before the showing send email to firstname.lastname@example.org type ”send movie notice” with name, phone and email.
Popcorn and lemonade furnished. Bring your soda and chair pillow and invite a friend.
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September 13: “The Graduate” (1967, 105”)
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October 11: “East of Eden” (1955, 117”)
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November 8: “Harvey” (1950, 104”)
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December 13: “The Hanging Tree” (1959, 106”)
Set in the gold fields of Montana during the gold rush of the 1860s and ’70s, this Western stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott and Karl Malden. The story follows a doctor who saves a criminal from a lynch mob, then learns of the man’s past and tries to manipulate him.