A Night at the Movies (1937) ***

Robert Benchley picked up another Academy Award nomination for this short, a sustained single sketch with no introduction or explanatory narration. Benchley and his wife plan a visit to the cinema (to see “Souls On A Tandem”) but are almost denied admission when he puts his tickets in the entry box for the automobile raffle. Once inside he experiences difficulties with a staring child, begins coughing uncontrollably and accidentally ends up on stage with a chorus of dancing girls.