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June 24
October 12, 1966
Shirley Temple resigns from San Francisco Festival

When Mai Zetterling’s Nattlek (Night Games) arrived at the San Francisco Film Festival in 1966, the ex-child star Shirley Temple Black was horrified. This was not the kind of film that she wanted to endorse when she joined the festival’s board in 1964. The third feature form the controversial Swedish actress-turned-director, Night Games was adapted from her own novel about a married couple who return to the groom’s castle to discover a crazy night of orgiastic parties and repressed memories. John Waters later wrote with much admiration, “Zetterling directs with a ludicrously melodramatic, overly gothic sledgehammer to deal with this story of impotence, child masturbation, cross-dressing, porno flicks, and vomiting.” The film certainly arrived in San Francisco with a lot of baggage. At the Venice Film Festival, Night Games was withdrawn from public viewing and could only be watched by the jurors. When the San Francisco Film Festival refused to withdraw the film as Black insisted, she quit in protest, hoping to send a message to other festivals, as well as keep her image clean for her upcoming Congressional run. The film continued to create controversy, much of which was directed at the filmmaker. But Zetterling was oblivious. She once said, “Perhaps I am a mad-hatter Swede…who got lost in the world ... I feel very far from the norm of just about everything."

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Gleason June 24, 1987
Jackie Gleason dies

One of television's iconic figures, Jackie Gleason, died on June 24, 1987. With a career spanning the Golden Age of Television in the '50s up through the '80s, Gleason was known for his loud, outsized working-class persona, his withering wisecracks, and, in his hit series, The Honeymooners, his sardonic take on married life. 

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June 24, 1971
McCabe and Mrs. Miller - The New Western

Voted last year one of the ten best Westerns of all time by the American Film Institute, even today, after a slew of revisionist takes on the genre, Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller which opened on June 24, 1971, is a strikingly original, gorgeously unique take on the frontier movie.

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24 June 1969
The Folly Of It All

On June 24, 1969, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts handed down a verdict in the case Massachusetts v. Wiseman, sanctioning for the first time the censorship of a film for reasons others than obscenity, immorality or national security.

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