Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Dec 20, 2019
7:30pm

CHRISTMAS NOIR: A HARDBOILED HOLIDAY
Double Feature!
THE THIN MAN / MR. SOFT TOUCH
THE THIN MAN
1934, Warner Bros., 93 min, USA, Dir: W.S. Van Dyke

Adapting the Dashiell Hammett novel, W.S. Van Dyke helms the first and best in what was to become one of MGM’s most successful franchises of the 1930s. William Powell and Myrna Loy are transcendentally flighty as the carefree rich couple Nick and Nora Charles - a wise-cracking, hard-drinking detective and his heiress wife, a gal who aspires to fight crime too (along with their terrier, Asta). Their partying lifestyle is interrupted when friend Dorothy Wynant (Maureen O’Sullivan) asks them to help find her father, an inventor who has been missing for three months. Set over Yuletide in New York City, the pair piece together clues while barhopping and hitting holiday cocktail parties (which always seem to be crawling with Nick’s former shady underworld acquaintances). Watch for hungover Nick shooting ornaments off the tree on Christmas morning! Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.


35 mm!
Archival Print! 70th Anniversary!

MR. SOFT TOUCH
1949, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: Henry Levin, Gordon Douglas

This ultra-rare comedy-noir hybrid features Glenn Ford as a returning WWII vet who knocks over the Frisco nightclub he used to own. When the gangster owners come gunning for him, Ford finds sanctuary by getting arrested for a misdemeanor - only to find himself back in hot water when he’s sprung by a do-gooder social worker (Evelyn Keyes) for the holidays. Directed by Henry Levin and Gordon Douglas, this is one of the oddest combinations we’ve ever seen: romantic comedy, schmaltzy sentiment and hardboiled noir. “In headlong flight he paused … to live a lifetime in 36 thrill-packed hours … with this woman!” Not on DVD!


Screening formats: DCP (THE THIN MAN), 35mm (MR. SOFT TOUCH)
Aero Theatre • Fri, Dec 20, 2019 • 7:30pm

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