La Placita kicks off 11th year Thursday with 'The Thin Man'
Classic detective film first in hip slate of film fare
On Thursday at 7:30, the outdoor Cinema La Placita film screening series begins its 11th year with a classic, 1934's "The Thin Man."
Starring Myrna Loy, William Powell and Maureen O'Sullivan, as well as a wire-haired fox terrier named Asta, "The Thin Man" is adapted from the novel by Dashiell Hammett. Powell and Loy play former detective Nick Charles and his insouciant wife, Nora.
In the original "Thin Man" film (there were sequels even in the 30s, friends), Nick is approached by an old family friend, Dorothy (O'Sullivan), whose father is suspected of murder. Mostly for fun and adventure, Nick takes the case. What ensues is madcap and thrilling, and remains a central influence for mystery writers and filmmakers today.
The series continues May 13 with The Beatles' 1964 screwball comedy "A Hard Day's Night," followed by 1971's classic "Harold and Maude," starring Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon.
A suggested $3 donation gets you admission and all-you-can-eat popcorn. The series will run through October.