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This Week in History

A Crowded Comedy Classic, a Memorable Musical and a Football Fumble

-- On Nov. 15, 1935: The Marx Brothers film A Night at the Opera was released. The film contains the famous "stateroom scene" in which 15 people and a steamer trunk are stuck in a small stateroom aboard a ship resulting in comedy chaos. At the end of the scene, the door to the crowded room is opened and the many occupants spill into the hallway. Chico, Groucho and Harpo Marx starred in the film, which did not include their brother Zeppo, who had left acting to become an engineer.

-- On Nov. 16, 1959: The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music opened on Broadway. The show starred Mary Martin as Maria Von Trapp and Theodore Bikel as Captain Von Trapp. The show won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The actresses and actors playing the Von Trapp children were nominated for a collective Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical but lost to the show's Mother Abbess, Patricia Neway. In 1965, the musical was turned into a film starring Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp.

-- On Nov. 17, 1968: Coverage of the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets game was interrupted for viewers on the East Coast when the network switched to the highly promoted film Heidi. Three hours had been set aside for the game. As time for the start of the movie was approaching, the decision was made to allow the game to air until its conclusion, but the telephone lines were tied up and the decision was not communicated in time. At the time of the switch, a little over a minute was left in the game and the New York Jets were leading 32-29. The Oakland Raiders scored two touchdowns in the short time that was left for a dramatic come-from-behind 43-32 victory. A message was put on screen during the film Heidi to announce the final game score.

-- Compiled by M. Moeller

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