August 9, 1930: The Fleischer Studio’s Betty Boop sashays onto the screen (as a dog!) in the cartoon short Dizzy Dishes.
August 10, 1950: Director Billy Wilder is accused of biting the hand that feeds him with his darkly funny look at Hollywood past, Sunset Boulevard.
August 11, 1976: Depicting, ironically, a famed gunslinger’s battle with cancer, John Wayne‘s last film, The Shootist, opens.
August 12, 1988: Director Martin Scorsese‘s controversial The Last Temptation of Christ opens to protests from religious groups.
August 13, 1997: American audiences are introduced to a British slang term, thanks to the unexpected comedy hit The Full Monty.