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A Night at the Movies (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 6 November 1937 (USA)
A man and his wife have a less-than-enjoyable time at the movies.

Director:

Roy Rowland
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Cast

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Robert Benchley ... Husband
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Storyline

A husband and wife decide to go to the movies and check the ads in the newspaper. They discover that every theatre in town is running a double feature and one-or-the-other has already seen one of the films. They go anyway since Hubby has free tickets. But he leaves them in the car and uses his parking tickets at the theatre. It takes the entire staff to iron out the problem. Once Hubby is seated he gets a coughing fit, upsets all the audience before he goes to the lobby. He returns through the wrong door and finds himself on stage with a group of chorus girls doing a live-bit between films. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Вечер в кино See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Inside Joke: Just after Robert Benchley buys his tickets from the cashier (played by Gwen Lee), he walks past a poster advertising the film My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937), which featured Lee. See more »

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An alternate version exists where Benchley literally walks in front of the opening titles and addresses the audience. See more »

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Benchley takes on the movie theater.
19 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Robert Benchley stars in yet another short film about a poor schnook who seems to always get getting the short of things in life. In this case, the schnook (Benchley) and his wife want to go to the movies but 1001 little annoyances occur. The summary says that Benchley leaves the ticket in the car...that is NOT the case. Apparently, there was a prize drawing and he accidentally dropped the movie tickets into the slot for that and tried to use the raffle tickets to get into the theater. Then, annoyances about--such as an incredibly large man who sits in front of him and, ultimately, his accidentally walking up on stage and embarrassing himself. All in all, it's pretty typical of a Benchley short with very few belly laughs but plenty of fun, gentle entertainment as he plays his put-upon character. Worth seeing but far from a must-see.


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