This Week In Film History, 06.02.13

June 2, 1916: Victor Schertzinger composes the first original film score for an American feature, Thomas H. Ince‘s Civilization.

June 6, 1933: The first drive-in theater opens on a 10-acre site on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Camden, N.J. Now Showing: Wife, Beware.

June 7, 1937: Blonde bombshell Jean Harlow, who, during filming of Saratoga, was hospitalized for uremic poisoning, dies at the age of 26.

June 7, 1950: Director Anthony Mann’s Winchester ’73, with James Stewart, launches a cycle of more serious-themed Western movies.

June 3, 1955: The Seven Year Itch opens, but a poster of star Marilyn Monroe, skirts blown up by a passing subway, is removed in New York amid cries of indecency.

June 3, 1959: Francois Truffaut’s debut feature as director, the semi-autobiographical The 400 Blows, opens in France.

June 4, 1959: After 25 years and 190 films, the final Three Stooges short, Sappy Bullfighters, is released by Columbia. 

June 7, 1962: 20th Century Fox fires Marilyn Monroe from the set of her latest movie, Something’s Got to Give, for repeated absences.

June 5, 1967: The American Film Institute, an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the heritage of film and television, is established.