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On this Day in Movie History, May 23, 1980: The Shining Opens

On this day, May 23, 1980, Jack Nicholson stars in perhaps one of his craziest roles. The Shining, a 1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd, was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

Unlike previous Kubrick films, which developed an audience gradually by building on word-of-mouth, The Shining was released as a mass-market film, opening at first in just two cities on Memorial Day, then nationwide a month later.

Although initial response to the film was mixed, later critical assessment was more favorable. Today it is considered as one of the all time best horror movies.

Birthdays
1883 – Douglas Fairbanks (Douglas Elton Ulman) (actor: The Americano, He Comes Up Smiling, The Mollycoddle, The Mark of Zorro, The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad, The Black Pirate, The Gaucho; formed United Artists with D.W. Griffith & Charlie Chaplin; died Dec 12, 1939)

1890 – Herbert Marshall (actor: The Little Foxes, The Painted Veil, The Razor’s Edge, The Underworld Story, The Virgin Queen; radio serial: A Man Called X; died Jan 22, 1966)

1910 – Scatman (Benjamin Sherman) Crothers (entertainer, actor: Petrocelli, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Charlie’s Angels, Hill Street Blues, The Sins of Rachel Cade, Hello, Dolly!, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Silver Streak, Bronco Billy, Twilight Zone: The Movie; died Nov 22, 1986)

1912 – John Payne (actor: Miracle on 34th Street, The Razor’s Edge, Springtime in the Rockies, Tin Pan Alley, To the Shores of Tripoli; died Dec 6, 1989)

1919 – Betty Garrett (actress: All in the Family, LaVerne & Shirley, My Sister Eileen, On the Town, Take Me Out to the Ball Game; died Feb 12, 2011))

1928 – Rosemary Clooney (singer: Hey There, Come on-a My House, This Ole House, Bye Bye Blackbird; actress: White Christmas, Deep in My Heart, Red Garters, Mangos, The Rosemary Clooney Show; aunt of actor George Clooney; sister of Nick Clooney, TV news anchor; died June 29, 2002)

1928 – Nigel Davenport (actor: A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire, Nighthawks, Picture of Dorian Gray)

1931 – Barbara Barrie (Berman) (actress: Barney Miller, Backstairs at the Whitehouse, Private Benjamin, Two of a Kind)

1933 – Joan Collins (actress: Dynasty, The Stud; appeared in Playboy at age 50; sister of writer, Jackie Collins)

1945 – Lauren Chapin (actress: Father Knows Best)

1958 – Drew Carey (comedian, actor, producer, writer: The Drew Carey Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?; TV game show host: The Price Is Right)