“Nick and Nora’s San Francisco” will focus on three figures: Dashiell Hammett, the former Pinkerton detective and San Francisco resident who wrote The Thin Man and created the sleuthing characters Nick and Nora Charles; actor William Powell, who played Nick in the 1934 MGM movie version, which spawned five sequels; and Myrna Loy, the actress who portrayed Nora in all six Thin Man films. Illustrated with film clips and photographs, Leider will discuss Hammett’s relationship with Nick, Nora and San Francisco, and the experiences of Powell and Loy in San Francisco while filming After the Thin Man (1936) and Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), the two Thin Man movies actually shot (in part) in San Francisco. Leider will touch on San Francisco’s reputation as a “wet” city during Prohibition, and on the impact of Repeal in 1933 on the audience for The Thin Man.
Nick and Nora’s San Francisco
February 21, 2012
7:30 PM; reception prior at 7:00
San Francisco Jewish Community Center
3200 California Street, San Francisco
Presented by the San Francisco Historical Society and Museum
Caption: Nick and Nora on the Golden Gate, from Shadow of the Thin Man