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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.

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Roy Rowland
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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There are pictures of William Powell, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery, and Norma Shearer in the theater front. All were MGM contractees at the time. the studio that produced the short. See more »

Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937) See more »

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Fun Short
24 February 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Night at the Movies, A (1937)

*** (out of 4)

Oscar-nominated Robert Benchley short has a couple (Benchley, Betty Ross Clarke) going to the movie where all sorts of trouble starts. Benchley has to put up with losing his tickets, sitting behind a tale man and then getting lost while trying to find an exit. This comedy doesn't feature too many laughs but it's still highly entertaining just because it's fun seeing someone else go through various trouble that could happen at a movie theater. Benchley's style of comedy does aim for laugh-out-loud moments but instead just mild smiles seeing stuff that I'm sure we've all gone through and it's rather funny how this film, now seventy-two-years old, is still relevant today. I've seen quite a few of Benchley's shorts but I've read that none of them could compare to his comic writing but as of this date I've yet to read anything from him.


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