ON THIS DAY in 1933, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was repealed, thereby making it legal once again to manufacture, transport and sell alcohol. This event was depicted in the 1939 Raoul Walsh film, THE ROARING TWENTIES, starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart.
DINNER AT EIGHT (1933; directed by George Cukor)
DINNER AT EIGHT is widely available on disk or online, and is also shown on TCM from time to time:
Dave is a graphic designer (www.dhdd.net) and movie lover, and the caretaker of “The 3 Benny Theater” (also known as his living room). The moniker was inspired by an extinct movie house–The 3 Penny Theater–and by his black Manx cat, Benny. Favorite films: North By Northwest, The Third Man and The Dekalog.
- Born: November 29, 1895
- His mother, Gertrude: acted in silent films
- Married: six times
- Dancing lessons: never taken
- First film choreographed: WHOOPEE! with Eddie Cantor
- Deleted choreography: Ray Bolger’s WIZARD OF OZ scarecrow dance number
- Acquitted: at third trial for second degree murder charges following car accident in 1935
- Fun fact: was uncredited actor in three films he choreographed
- Directed at age 75: Broadway revival of No, No Nanette, starring Ruby Keeler
- Quote: “In an era of breadlines, depression and wars, I tried to help people get away from all the misery…to turn their minds to something else. I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour.”
Busby Berkeley’s “Remember My Forgotten Man”, from GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933: