Monday, August 8, 2011


Here is what happened during this week in film history...

August 9, 1930: The Fleischer Studio's Betty Boop sashays onto the screen (as a dog!) in the cartoon short Dizzy Dishes.

August 10, 1950: Director Billy Wilder is accused of biting the hand that feeds him with his darkly funny look at Hollywood past, Sunset Boulevard.

August 7, 1957: Oliver Hardy, corpulent, tie-twiddling half of the acclaimed comedy team with Stan Laurel, dies at age 65.

August 13, 1967: Arthur Penn's biodrama Bonnie and Clyde, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, ushers in a wave of screen realism and violence.

August 9, 1969: A massacre in the Hollywood Hills claims Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, and four others; the "Manson Family" will be convicted in Jan. 1971.

August 11, 1976: Depicting, ironically, a famed gunslinger's battle with cancer, John Wayne's last film, The Shootist, opens.

August 12, 1988: Director Martin Scorsese's controversial The Last Temptation of Christ opens to protests from religious groups.

August 13, 1997: American audiences are introduced to a British slang term, thanks to the unexpected comedy hit The Full Monty.

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