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The rules of the game wasn’t popular
This week in 1939 (July 22) the French classic The Rules of the Game. was withdrawn from cinema’s only two weeks after it’s release in which it was loudly booed. The public was totally against it, so director Jean Renoir thought about quitting the cinema.
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Ian Fleming stole Thunderball
In 1963 filmmaker Kevin McClory sued novelist Ian Fleming and won the rights to the James Bond novel Thunderball and the villain Blofeld. Movie company EON Productions had already used Blofeld in From Russia With Love. So they made an agreement with McClory, that they would make him a Producer for Thunderball if he'd let them film it.
Another case for Sherlock
107 years ago, during the summer of 1907, Sherlock Holmes would take up the one case we know of during his retirement years, the murder of Fitzroy McPherson. The story, published in 1907, was narrated by Holmes himself, instead of by Dr. Watson.
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Laurel and Hardy’s piefight
This week in 1927 Stan and Ollie filmed the pie fight for The battle of the century. Producer Roach purchased a day`s output from the Los Angeles Pie Company. More than 3,000 pies were thrown.
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This week 11 years ago (October 8, 2003) Arnold became governor of California, ousting the incumbent, Gray Davis, three years before his term was due to end.
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Clark Gable’s wife died
73 years ago (January 16, 1942) Gable’s wife Carole Lombard was on a tour to sell war bonds when the airplane she was traveling in crashed into a mountain near Las Vegas (USA), killing all aboard including Lombard's mother. Clark was devastated by the tragedy and would never recover.
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Edith Wharton was born
153 years ago Edith Wharton, US novelist and Pulitzer Prize winning author was born. Her work was mostly set in New York society. It includes The House of Mirth (1905), the rural Ethan Frome (1911), The Custom of the Country (1913), and The Age of Innocence (1921).
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