After the Thin Man
After the Thin Man is a 1936 American film, starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, James Stewart, the sequel to the film The Thin Man. The movie presents Loy as Dashiell Hammett's characters Nick and Nora Charles; the film was directed by W. S. Van Dyke and featured Elissa Landi, Joseph Calleia, Jessie Ralph, Alan Marshal, Penny Singleton; this was the sixth pairing for Myrna Loy and William Powell. The two made 14 pictures together, six of them in the Thin Man series, it contains the earliest film example of the Walk This Way visual gag. Nick and Nora Charles return from vacation to their home in San Francisco on New Year's Eve, where Nora's stuffy family expect the couple to join them for a formal dinner. Nick is despised by Nora's Aunt Katherine, the family matriarch, as his immigrant heritage and experience as a "flatfoot" are considered below Nora. Nora's cousin Selma tells Nora that her ne'er-do-well husband Robert has been missing for three days. David Graham, Selma's unrequited love, offers to pay Robert $25,000 if he will leave and grant Selma a divorce.
Nora badgers Nick into helping to locate him. Nick and Nora find Robert in a Chinese nightclub, where he's been conducting an affair with Polly, the star performer, they tell Robert about David's offer, he agrees to it. Unknown to Robert and the nightclub's owner, plan to steal the money. After being paid off, Robert sneaks back into Aunt Katherine's home to retrieve some clothes. Nick sees nightclub co-owner Lum Kee each leave the club on their own as well. Robert leaves Aunt Katherine's at the stroke of midnight, is shot dead in the foggy street. David finds Selma standing over a gun in her hand. Lt. Abrams considers Selma the prime suspect, her fragile mental state only strengthens his belief. Selma insists that she never fired her gun, but her claim cannot be backed up as David threw the gun into San Francisco Bay. Nick begins to investigate to find the true murderer. A note is thrown through Nora's home, it accuses Polly and Dancer of conspiring to kill Robert, says Polly has a husband, Phil Byrnes.
When he goes to Phil's hotel room, he discovers the ex-felon dead. Nick investigates Polly's apartment, discovers that someone, who goes under the pseudonym of "Anderson," had bugged it from the apartment above. While in the upper apartment, Nick hears Dancer enter Polly's home. Nick pursues Dancer into the basement. Dancer has vanished, Nick discovers the body of the apartment building custodian, Pedro. Nora casually mentions. Lt. Abrams agrees to gather all the suspects in Anderson's apartment. Dancer and Polly confess they intended to use a forged check to steal Robert's money, but claim they are innocent of murder. While discussing Pedro's identity, David says he has not seen him in six years, but remembers him well due to his long white mustache. Nick realizes that Pedro had a small, black mustache years ago, that David must have seen Pedro recently. Nick reconstructs the murder, accusing David a.k.a. Anderson—who has long harbored well-concealed hatred of Selma for rejecting him—of killing Robert and trying to frame Selma for the crime.
David killed Phil after Phil tried to blackmail him. When Pedro recognized David as the mysterious "Anderson" who rented the apartment above Polly, David killed him as well. David pulls out a gun and threatens to kill Selma and himself. Lum Kee knocks the gun out of David's hand, Nick and Lt. Abrams overpower the killer. Nick and Nora leave San Francisco for the East Coast on a train, accompanied by Selma. Alone with Nora, Nick sees she is knitting a baby's sock. Nick realizes that behavior throughout the film means she is pregnant. Nora chides him, saying, "And you call yourself a detective." The cast is listed in order as documented by the American Film Institute. Cast note: Penny Singleton was billed as "Dorothy McNulty"; the film's story was written by Dashiell Hammett, based on his characters Nick and Nora, but not a particular novel or short story. Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich wrote the screenplay; the film was second of six based on the characters of Nick and Nora: The Thin Man After the Thin Man Another Thin Man Shadow of the Thin Man The Thin Man Goes Home Song of the Thin Man The film was nominated for an Oscar in 1937 for Best Writing, Screenplay.
The film carries a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, 89% audience rating. After the Thin Man grossed a total – domestic and foreign – of $3,165,000: $1,992,000 from the US and Canada and $1,173,000 elsewhere, it made a profit of $1,516,000. An hour-long radio adaptation of After the Thin Man was presented on the CBS Lux Radio Theatre on June 17, 1940. Powell and Loy reprised their roles. After the Thin Man at the American Film Institute Catalog After the Thin Man on IMDb After the Thin Man at the TCM Movie Database Plot overview After The Thin Man at Rotten Tomatoes After the Thin Man on Lux Radio Theater: June 17, 1940
Florence Davenport Rice was an American film actress. Florence Rice was born in Cleveland, the only child of Grantland Rice and Fannie Katherine Hollis, she attended Dwight School for Girls at Englewood, New Jersey, Smith College. Rice became an actress during the early 1930s and, after several Broadway roles made her way to Hollywood, where she acted in fifty films between 1934 and 1943. Blonde and wholesome, Rice was cast as the reliable girlfriend in several films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM provided her with more substantial roles in prestige productions. Rice never became a major figure in films, but she performed in a number of screen pairings with Robert Young, her most seen performances were in Double Wedding, in which she was billed third in the cast credits behind William Powell and Myrna Loy, Sweethearts with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, The Marx Brothers film At The Circus. During the 1940s the quality of her roles decreased and in 1947 she retired. Rice married four times, with her fourth marriage lasting until her death.
On February 23, 1974, Rice died in Honolulu from lung cancer at age 67. She was survived by her husband. Florence Rice on IMDb Florence Rice at Find a Grave https://obscureactresses.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/florence-rice/
Richard Thorpe was an American film director best known for his long career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Born Rollo Smolt Thorpe in Hutchinson, Richard Thorpe began his entertainment career performing in vaudeville and onstage. In 1921 he began in motion pictures as an actor and directed his first silent film in 1923, he went on to direct more than one hundred and eighty films. He worked at the Poverty Row studio Chesterfield Pictures during the 1930s; the first full-length motion picture he directed for MGM was Last of the Pagans starring Ray Mala. After directing The Last Challenge in 1967, he retired from the film industry, he died in Palm Springs, California on May 1, 1991. His two favourite films were Two Girls and a Sailor. Thorpe is known as the original director of The Wizard of Oz, he was fired after two weeks of shooting, because it was felt that his scenes did not have the right air of fantasy about them. Thorpe notoriously gave Judy Garland a blonde wig and cutesy "baby-doll" makeup that made her look like a girl in her late teens rather than an innocent Kansas farm girl of about thirteen.
Both makeup and wig were discarded at the suggestion of George Cukor, brought in temporarily. Stills from Thorpe's work on the film survive today. Further, it is understood that bits of his filmed footage of Toto escaping from the Wicked Witch's castle are still featured in the film, albeit uncredited. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Thorpe has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6101 Hollywood Blvd. In 2003 a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, California was dedicated to him and his son, Jerry; as director Richard Thorpe on IMDb Richard Thorpe at Find a Grave Richard Thorpe at TCMDB
Myrna Loy was an American film and stage actress. Trained as a dancer, Loy devoted herself to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films, she was typecast in exotic roles as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man. Born in Helena, Loy was raised in rural Radersburg throughout her early childhood, before relocating to Los Angeles with her mother in her early adolescence. There, she began studying dance, trained extensively throughout her high school education, she was discovered by production designer Natacha Rambova, who helped facilitate film auditions for her, she began obtaining small roles in the late 1920s portraying vamps. Her role in The Thin Man helped elevate her reputation as a versatile actress, she reprised the role of Nora Charles five more times. Loy's career began to slow in the 1940s, she appeared in only a few films in the 1950s, including a lead role in the comedy Cheaper by the Dozen, as well as supporting parts in The Ambassador's Daughter and the drama Lonelyhearts.
She would go on to appear in only eight films between 1960 and 1981, after which she formally retired from acting. Although Loy was never nominated for a competitive Academy Award, in March 1991 she was presented with an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of her life's work both onscreen and off, including serving as assistant to the director of military and naval welfare for the Red Cross during World War II, a member-at-large of the U. S. Commission to UNESCO. Loy died in December 1993 in New York City, aged 88. Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905, in Helena, the daughter of Adelle Mae and rancher David Franklin Williams, her parents had married in Helena in 1904, one year before Loy was born. She had David Frederick Williams. Loy's paternal grandfather, David Thomas Williams, was Welsh, immigrated from Liverpool, England to the United States in 1856, arriving in Philadelphia. Unable to read or write in English, he settled in the Montana Territory where he began a career as a rancher.
Loy's maternal grandparents were Swedish immigrants. During her childhood, her father worked as a banker, real estate developer, farmland appraiser in Helena, was the youngest man elected to the Montana state legislature, her mother had studied music at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, at one time considered a career as a concert performer, but instead devoted her time to raising Loy and her brother. Loy's mother was a lifelong Democrat, she was raised in the Methodist faith. Loy spent her early life in Radersburg, Montana, a rural mining community 50 miles southeast of Helena. During the winter of 1912, Loy's mother nearly died from pneumonia, her father sent his wife and daughter to La Jolla, California. Loy's mother saw great potential in Southern California, during one of her husband's visits, she encouraged him to purchase real estate there. Among the properties he bought was land he sold at a considerable profit to Charlie Chaplin so the filmmaker could construct his studio there.
Although her mother tried to persuade her husband to move to California permanently, he preferred ranch life and the three returned to Montana. Soon afterward, Loy's mother needed a hysterectomy and insisted Los Angeles was a safer place to have it done, so she and Loy's brother David moved to Ocean Park, where Loy began to take dancing lessons. After the family returned to Montana, Loy continued her dancing lessons, at the age of 12, Myrna Williams made her stage debut performing a dance she had choreographed based on "The Blue Bird" from the Rose Dream operetta at Helena's Marlow Theater. After the November 1918 death of Loy's father from the 1918 flu pandemic, Loy's mother permanently relocated the family to California, where they settled in Culver City. Loy attended the exclusive Westlake School for Girls while continuing to study dance in downtown Los Angeles; when her teachers objected to her extracurricular participation in theatrical arts, her mother enrolled her in Venice High School, at 15, she began appearing in local stage productions.
In 1921, Loy posed for Venice High School sculpture teacher Harry Fielding Winebrenner for the central figure "Inspiration" in his allegorical sculpture group Fountain of Education. Completed in 1922, the sculpture group was installed in front of the campus outdoor pool in May 1923 where it stood for decades. Loy's slender figure with her uplifted face and one arm extending skyward presented a "vision of purity, youthful vigor, aspiration", singled out in a Los Angeles Times story that included a photo of the "Inspiration" figure along with the model's name—the first time her name appeared in a newspaper. A few months Loy's "Inspiration" figure was temporarily removed from the sculpture group and transported aboard the battleship Nevada for a Memorial Day pageant in which "Miss Myrna Williams" participated. Fountain of Education can be seen in the opening scenes of the 1978 film Grease. After decades of exposure to the elements and vandalism, the original concrete statue was removed from display in 2002, replaced in 2010 by a bronze duplicate paid for through an alumni-led fundraising campaign.
Loy left school at the age of 18 to help with the family's finances. She obtained work at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, where she performed in elaborate musical sequences that were related to and served as prologues for the feature film. During this period, she saw Eleonora Duse in the
The Thin Man (film)
The Thin Man is a 1934 American pre-Code comedy-mystery film directed by W. S. Van Dyke and based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett; the film stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, a leisure-class couple who enjoy copious drinking and flirtatious banter. Nick is a retired private detective who left his successful career when he married Nora, a wealthy heiress accustomed to high society, their wire-haired fox terrier. The film's screenplay was written by Frances Goodrich, a married couple. In 1934, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; the titular "Thin Man" is not Nick Charles, but the man Charles is hired to find – Clyde Wynant. The "Thin Man" moniker was thought by many viewers to refer to Nick Charles and, after a time, it was used in the titles of sequels as if referring to Charles. Nick Charles, a retired detective, his wife Nora are attempting to settle down, they decide to spend the Christmas holidays in New York. There Nick is pressed back into service by Dorothy Wynant, a young woman whose father, was an old client of Nick's.
Clyde, the title's "thin man", was supposed to be on a secret business trip and promised to be home before his daughter's wedding, but has mysteriously vanished. She convinces Nick to take the case, much to the amusement of his socialite wife, it starts out as a missing person case, but when Julia Wolf, Wynant's former secretary and love interest, is found dead, evidence points to Wynant as the prime suspect. Dorothy refuses to believe; the detective uncovers clues and solves the mystery of the disappearance. The murderer is revealed in a classic dinner party scene. A skeletonized body, found during the investigation, had been assumed to be that of a "fat man" because it was wearing oversized clothing; the clothes are revealed to be planted, the identity of the body is determined by an old war wound in one leg. It turns out. Nick reveals the identity of the killer: Wynant's attorney MacCauley, embezzling from his employer and murdered both him and Julia when they found out. Panicked, MacCauley tries to shoot Nick.
The film ends with Nick, Nora and her boyfriend Tommy celebrating as they take a train back to California. Cast notes: Nat Pendleton reprised the role of Lt. Guild in 1939's Another Thin Man; the film was based on the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, released in January 1934. Hammett's novel drew on his experiences as a union-busting Pinkerton detective in Montana. Hammett based Nick and Nora's banter upon his rocky on-again, off-again relationship with playwright Lillian Hellman. MGM paid Hammett $21,000 for the screen rights to the novel; the screenplay was written by Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich, married for three years. Director W. S. Van Dyke encouraged them to use Hammett's writing as a basis only, to concentrate on providing witty exchanges for Nick and Nora. Van Dyke convinced MGM executives to let Powell and Loy portray the lead characters despite concerns that Powell was too old and strait-laced to play Nick Charles and that Loy had become typecast in exotic femme fatale roles.
Skippy played Asta, the dog of Nick and Nora. Skippy was subsequently cast in The Awful Truth and Bringing Up Baby; the film was shot with a budget of $226,408. For Powell's first scene in the film, Van Dyke told him to take the cocktail shaker, go to the bar and just walk through the scene while the crew checked lights and sound. Powell did it, he heard Van Dyke say, "That's it! Print it!" The director had decided to shoot the scene without Powell knowing it so that he'd be as relaxed and natural as possible. Van Dyke did not bother with cover shots if he felt the scene was right on the first take, reasoning that actors "lose their fire" if they have to do something over and over, it was a lot of pressure on the actors, who had to learn new lines and business before shooting, without the luxury of retakes, but Loy credited much of the appeal of the film to Van Dyke's pacing and spontaneity. He paid the most attention to Powell and Loy's easy banter between takes and their obvious enjoyment of each other's company and worked it into the movie.
The director encouraged and incorporated improvisation and off-the-cuff details into the picture. In order to keep her entrance fresh and spontaneous, W. S. Van Dyke did not tell Loy about it until right. Powell loved working so much with Loy because of her naturalness, her professionalism, her lack of any kind of "diva" temperament. On her, Powell said: "When we did a scene together, we forgot about technique, camera angles, microphones. We weren't acting. We were just two people in perfect harmony. Myrna, unlike some actresses who think only of themselves, has the happy faculty of being able to listen while the other fellow says his lines, she has the give and take of acting that brings out the best." According to Loy, the actors were not allowed to interact between takes with Skippy. Skippy once bit Loy during filming. Although she had great compliments for Powell's charm and wit, Maureen O'Sullivan said she did not enjoy making the picture because her part was so small and the
Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies is an American movie-oriented pay-TV network operated by Warner Bros. Entertainment, a subsidiary of AT&T's WarnerMedia. Launched in 1994, TCM is headquartered at Turner's Techwood broadcasting campus in the Midtown business district of Atlanta, Georgia; the channel's programming consisted of classic theatrically released feature films from the Turner Entertainment film library – which comprises films from Warner Bros. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. However, TCM licenses films from other studios, shows more recent films; the channel is available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Malta, Latin America, Italy, Cyprus, the Nordic countries, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. In 1986, eight years before the launch of Turner Classic Movies, Ted Turner acquired the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio for $1.5 billion. Concerns over Turner Entertainment's corporate debt load resulted in Turner selling the studio that October back to Kirk Kerkorian, from whom Turner had purchased the studio less than a year before.
As part of the deal, Turner Entertainment retained ownership of MGM's library of films released up to May 9, 1986. Turner Broadcasting System was split into two companies; the film library of Turner Entertainment would serve as the base form of programming for TCM upon the network's launch. Before the creation of Turner Classic Movies, films from Turner's library of movies aired on the Turner Broadcasting System's advertiser-supported cable network TNT – along with colorized versions of black-and-white classics such as The Maltese Falcon. Turner Classic Movies debuted on April 14, 1994, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, with Ted Turner launching the channel at a ceremony in New York City's Times Square district; the date and time were chosen for their historical significance as "the exact centennial anniversary of the first public movie showing in New York City". The first movie broadcast on TCM was the 1939 film Gone with the Wind, the same film that served as the debut broadcast of its sister channel TNT six years earlier in October 1988.
At the time of its launch, TCM was available to one million cable television subscribers. The network served as a competitor to AMC—which at the time was known as "American Movie Classics" and maintained a identical format to TCM, as both networks focused on films released prior to 1970 and aired them in an uncut and commercial-free format. AMC had broadened its film content to feature colorized and more recent films by 2002. In 1996, Turner Broadcasting System merged with Time Warner which, besides placing Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. Entertainment under the same corporate umbrella gave TCM access to Warner Bros.' Library of films released after 1950. In the early 2000s, AMC abandoned its commercial-free format, which led to TCM being the only movie-oriented basic cable channel to devote its programming to classic films without commercial interruption or content editing. On March 4, 2019, Time Warner's new owner AT&T announced a planned reorganization that would dissolve Turner Broadcasting.
TCM, along with Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, over-the-top video company Otter Media, will be moved directly under Warner Bros.. Speaking about the move, then-Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara explained that TCM was "a natural fit with Warner Bros." due the company's massive film library. In 2000, TCM started the annual Young Composers Film Competition, inviting aspiring composers to participate in a judged competition that offers the winner of each year's competition the opportunity to score a restored, feature-length silent film as a grand prize, mentored by a well-known composer, with the new work subsequently premiering on the network; as of 2006, films that have been rescored include the 1921 Rudolph Valentino film Camille, two Lon Chaney films: 1921's The Ace of Hearts and 1928's Laugh, Clown and Greta Garbo's 1926 film The Temptress. In April 2010, Turner Classic Movies held the first TCM Classic Film Festival, an event—now held annually—at the Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Hosted by Robert Osborne, the four-day long annual festival celebrates Hollywood and its movies, featured celebrity appearances, special events, screenings of around 50 classic movies including several newly restored by The Film Foundation, an organization devoted to preserving Hollywood's classic film legacy. Turner Classic Movies operates as a commercial-free service, with the only advertisements on the network being shown between features – which advertise TCM products, network promotions for upcoming special programs and the original trailers for films that are scheduled to be broadcast on TCM, featurettes about classic film actors and actresses. In addition to this, extended breaks between features are filled with theatrically released movie trailers and classic short subjects – from series such as The Passing Parade, Crime Does Not Pay, Pete Smith Specialties, Robert Benchley – under the banner name TCM Extras (formerly On