movieDate: september 17, 1935

(Note: our light posting lately is due to a family illness.) 

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ON THIS DAY in 1935, author and counter-culture figure Ken Kesey was born in Colorado. Segments of Kesey’s life were featured in the 2011 documentary, MAGIC TRIP.

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at theaters: march 15, 1935

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Opened in movie theaters 78 years ago today:

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GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 (Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart; directed by Busby Berkeley)

Review: “Busby Berkeley, the master of scenic prestidigitation, continues to dazzle the eye and stun the imagination in the latest of the Warner Brothers musical comedies. We may expect to hear that excellent song, “Lullaby of Broadway,” on the slightest excuse for the next few months, and the radio crooners are certain to seize on Mr. Powell’s chief tunes, “The Words Are in My Heart” and “I’m Going Shopping With You.” Although Mr. Berkeley’s choral magic is the chief feature of “Gold Diggers of 1935,” it is a generally amusing screen comedy.” —New York Times, March 15, 1935

Recognition: Oscar, Best Song (Lullaby of Broadway); nominated, Best Dance Direction

Trivia: Busby Berkeley’s directorial debut

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