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(released 8/9/2005)


On Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m., the Miami Design Preservation League features After the Thin Man (1936), the second installment of their Summer Classic Film Series. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke, After the Thin Man received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay.

The free film screening is open to the public and takes place at the Art Deco Welcome Center Auditorium—1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. RSVP’s are recommended by calling 305-674-1736.

Fans of The Thin Man (1934) applauded this sequel which reunited stars William Powell and Myrna Loy as smart, stylish and happily married sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. Completing the household is their equally stylish dog, Asta. Powell and Loy's onscreen chemistry--equal parts dialogue, drinking and detective work--makes the characters of Nick and Nora spark to life as a modern cinematic couple living a life of wealth and privilege in which amusing themselves is as important as being adventurous and solving cases.

After the Thin Man picks up where The Thin Man left off--with Nick and Nora returning home to San Francisco to celebrate New Year's Eve. The film's complicated plot is set into motion when Nora's Nob Hill family, socialites fearing a scandal, asks Nick to discretely investigate the disappearance of Nora's cousin Selma's (Elissa Landi) estranged husband Robert (Alan Marshall). When Robert turns up dead and cousin Selma becomes a suspect, Nick and Nora set out to prove Selma's innocence. The film's large cast includes Jessie Ralph as Nora's Aunt Katherine and a young Jimmy Stewart in a supporting role as Selma's loyal friend, David. After the Thin Man's fast-paced plot--multiple murders, intrigue and snappy dialogue--culminates in a shocking finale in which Nick unmasks the murderer with his usual deductive wit.

After the Thin Man is the second in a series of six Thin Man films starring Powell and Loy. MDPL will screen Another Thin Man (1939), the third film in the series, on September 8.

After the Thin Man is part of a series of free lectures, films and exhibits presented by the Miami Design Preservation League throughout the year.

The Miami Design Preservation League is a non-profit preservation and arts organization founded in 1976. It is devoted to preserving, protecting and promoting the architectural, cultural, social, economic, and environmental integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District (Art Deco District) as well as other areas of the city and South Florida, wherever historic preservation is a concern. MDPL is the oldest Art Deco society in the world. MDPL is headquartered at the Art Deco Welcome Center, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139.

For a complete calendar of events, visit the Miami Design Preservation League at, or call 305-672-2014 for more information.

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