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In the fifth installment of the Thin Man series, The Thin Man Goes Home, Nick Charles (William Powell), everyone’s favorite well-heeled gumshoe, returns to Sycamore Springs, the kind of idyllic hometown that could exist only in that Hollywood world in which murder is no more than a backdrop for the rampant gibing of a pickled bon vivant. With the effervescent Nora (Myrna Loy) and their canine companion, Asta, in tow, the Thin Man finds a corpse and discovers that all is not as it seems in his halcyon burg. It’s kind of like Blue Velvet, sans all of the fetishistic, nitrous-fueled sadism (even if Nick often seems more interested in stealing off for a nip of his “fortified” cider than in ferreting out the killer). Tonight’s second feature is actually an episode of the late-’50s Thin Man TV show and is improbably saddled with the title “The Thin Man: Pack My Gat, Beulah,” the very utterance of which sends me spiraling into an existential vortex. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (David Dunlap Jr.)