Evelyn Prentice (1934)
Thin Man Mondays presents William Powell at his sleuthing best in films based on popular mystery novels on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. throughout February and March 2010 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Evelyn Prentice (1934) on March 29. A workaholic attorney (Powell) may be having an affair with his latest client, leading his wife (Myrna Loy) to pursue a relationship that ends in blackmail and murder. With Rosalind Russell in her screen debut. Based on the novel by W.E. Woodward. Not rated. (79 min.)
William Powell evolved from silent film villain into a character actor – in the 1930s becoming a leading man (and a bankable star) with his depiction of Nick Charles in films based on stories by novelist Dashiell Hammett. Audiences were so enamored by his performances that they mistakenly identified the ever-trim Powell as the Thin Man, when the name referred to a murder victim, but no one cared to correct the misapprehension. Though best known for his role as Nick Charles, Powell also portrayed other crime solvers during his career, including the S.S. Van Dine character Philo Vance.
This series complements the 2010 Adult Winter Reading Program.