A Night at the Movies (1937)

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


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A Husband and his 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. All this in only eight minutes. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Whimsical One-Reeler
17 April 2006 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews


Trying to quietly spend A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES isn't so simple for hapless Robert Benchley.

Nominated for the Best One-Reel Short Subject Academy Award, this was one of a series of little films to feature the gentle humor of Robert Benchley (1889-1945). Watching him deal with the unexpected difficulties of simply enjoying a movie elicits much quiet amusement.


Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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