This Week in Film History: 8/9/15

August 9, 1930: The Fleischer Studio’s Betty Boop sashays onto the screen (as a dog!) in the cartoon short Dizzy Dishes.

August 10, 1932: Hollywood’s first true canine superstar, the original Rin Tin Tin, goes to Heaven at 13.

August 15, 1935: Beloved stage and screen star Will Rogers, traveling with aviator Wiley Post, is killed in a plane crash near Barrow, Alaska.

August 15, 1939: The audience at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is taken “Over the Rainbow” at the Hollywood premiere of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland.

August 14, 1940: Top screenwriter of Easy Living and If I Were King, Preston Sturges, makes his directorial debut with The Great McGinty.

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 14, 1951: A Place in the Sun opens. Paramount removes the name of actress Anne Revere, who had refused to cooperate with HUAC, from the publicity.

August 13, 1967Arthur Penn’s gangster biodrama Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, ushers in a wave of screen realism and violence.

August 9, 1969: A massacre in the Hollywood Hills claims Roman Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, and four others; members of the “Manson Family” will be convicted in January of 1971.

August 11, 1976: Depicting, ironically, a famed gunslinger’s battle with cancer, John Wayne’s last film, The Shootist, opens.

August 15, 1979: After years of production and financial troubles, Apocalypse Now finally opens in American theaters, three months after its premiere at Cannes.

August 14, 1980: Playboy model/actress (They All Laughed) Dorothy Stratten, 20, is murdered by estranged husband Paul Snider, who later commits suicide.

August 12, 1982: Months after winning the Best Actor Academy Award for On Golden Pond, actor Henry Fonda dies at 77.

August 15, 1986: Michael Mann’s suspense tale Manhunter introduces moviegoers to anthropophagous medico Dr. Hannibal Lecktor, played by Brian Cox.

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.

August 12, 2000: Loretta Young, Best Actress Oscar-winner for The Farmer’s Daughter, dies from cancer at 87.

August 15, 2003: The screen’s modern masters of horror finally meet in Freddy vs. Jason.

August 14, 2006: Comic actor Bruno Kirby (When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers) dies from complications from leukemia at 57.