Two of my holy trinity of classic Hollywood actresses, Myrna Loy (left) and Carole Lombard. (Third in that exalted group of goddesses? Barbara Stanwyck.) And for the legion of Loy fans, particularly those in the Twin Cities, some delightful news: Next month, a Minneapolis repertory house pays tribute to the lady with the iconic nose by screening four of her classics.
The Trylon Theater will program Loy for four consecutive Sundays through Tuesdays next month, all in 35mm prints and three with her prime partner, William Powell. The movies:
* May 5-7: "The Thin Man" (1934). If solving a murder were this much fun in real life, scores of married couples would follow the lead of Nick and Nora Charles, with a few dry martinis (and Asta) along the way. This cemented Powell and Loy as a beloved screen team.
* May 12-14: "After The Thin Man" (1936): Second in what would be a series of six sleuthing comedies, this takes Nick and Nora west to San Francisco, where a relative of hers is accused of murder. Hijinks from Asta add to the fun, not to mention a classic ending ("And you call yourself a detective!").
* May 19-21: "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" (1948). The only film in the Loyfest lacking Powell...but Cary Grant (shown with Melvyn Douglas) is a worthy replacement. A Manhattan couple leaves the city for the rustic charm of Connecticut in a comedy that spoke volumes to the postwar generation. Myrna's demands for paint shades was used in a Benjamin Moore commercial in the late 1980s.
* May 26-28: "Libeled Lady" (1936). Loy, Powell, Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy -- a four-star comedy in more ways than one. Myrna's the offended heiress of the title, but editor Tracy has a way to undermine her case...and it involves oft-jilted Harlow and ace reporter Powell. Among the greatest newspaper comedies of the '30s.
For more information, visit https://www.trylon.org/films/category/myrna-loy/.
Finally, this took place 85 years ago today, and it's catnip for any baseball fan -- Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, New York against the Philadelphia Athletics. It's about 17 minutes of outtakes from Fox Movietone newsreel footage. You see Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, opposing Hall of Fame managers Joe McCarthy and Connie Mack, new Gotham mayor Fiorello La Guardia throwing out the first ball and so much more. As for the game, the Yankees won 1-0 on a home run by shortstop Frank Crosetti, later a longtime coach for the team, as future Hall of Famer Red Ruffing goes the distance on a four-hitter. Great stuff.