"I intend to live forever, or die trying," Groucho Marx once said. The 86-year-old comedian dies of pneumonia in Los Angeles in 1977.
In 1939, Preston Sturges sells the script of The Great McGinty (1940) to Paramount with the proviso that he direct the picture. Paramount acquiesces and pays him the previously agreed-to price of $10. The screenplay goes onto win the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay. It also happens to contain one of the best movie prologues of the era: "This is the story of two men who met in a banana republic. One of them never did anything dishonest in his life except for one crazy minute. The other never did anything honest in his life except for one crazy minute. They both had to get out of the country."