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november twentieth

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1941: Readers Digest is now being read by 5 million people in America.

 

1941: Work on the heads of the four presidents carved into Mount Rushmore has been completed.

 

1946: Lillian Hellman’s Another Part of the Forest opens on Broadway, receiving favorable reviews.

 

1955: Bo Diddley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing his self-titled hit.

 

Tomorrow: beloved humorist dies…

 

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november twenty-first

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1940: In accordance with FDR’s proclamation, 32 states celebrate Thanksgiving Day and give thanks for our preservation.

 

1940: Ernest Hemingway has married Martha Gellhorn in Cheyenne, Wyoming with the help of a justice of the peace.

 

1945: Humorist and screen actor Robert Benchley dies at 56 in New York.

 

1954: Marilyn Maxwell marries songwriter Jerry Davis in New York.

 

1955: DIABOLIQUE premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: Gary Cooper on top…

 

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Brilliant character actor, both in films (usually outshone anyone he worked with) and in shorts. No, not those kinds of shorts. :lol:

 

Died too young, obviously.

He was extremely prolific-- short films, feature films, radio appearances, essays and articles for The New Yorker and Vanity Fair-- there was seemingly no limit to his accomplishments. Not surprisingly, he was still working non-stop when he died.

 

For a list of his works at wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Robert_Benchley_collections_and_film_appearances

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november twenty-second

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1943: Songwriter Lorenz Hart has died at age 47.

 

1945: Americans celebrate the first peacetime Thanksgiving in four years.

 

1948: General Eisenhower’s story is published—Crusade in Europe.

 

1948: Box Office magazine names Gary Cooper as the nation’s favorite actor of the year.

 

1955: Stooge Shemp Howard has died in Los Angeles. He was 60.

 

Tomorrow: an author’s involvement with the Nazis…

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november twenty-third

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1942: Lily Pons opens the 60th season of the Metropolitan Opera singing Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment.

 

1944: British novelist P.G. Wodehouse has been released by the Paris police. He had been arrested a few days earlier for broadcasting from Berlin and possibly collaborating with the Nazis.

 

1944: The U.S. quietly celebrates Thanksgiving Day with prayers for a quick victory in the war.

 

1959: Eleanor Powell divorces Glenn Ford in Santa Monica.

 

Tomorrow: Audrey Hepburn on Broadway…

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november twenty-fourth

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1947: John Steinbeck’s The Pearl is published.

 

1948: Anna Jarvis has died at 84 in Pennsylvania. She started Mother’s Day.

 

1951: Gigi, starring Audrey Hepburn, opens on Broadway to mixed reviews.

 

1954: Pier Angeli and Vic Damone marry in Hollywood.

 

1957: Diego Rivera dies at 70 in Mexico City.

 

Tomorrow: Garbo’s latest movie is banned…

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november twenty-fifth

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1941: TWO-FACED WOMAN, starring Greta Garbo, has been banned in Providence, Rhode Island because the Legion of Decency calls it immoral.

 

1943: There is no national observation of Thanksgiving Day this year. Most war plants remain in operation.

 

1949: Bill Bojangles Robinson dies at 71 in New York.

 

1953: Julie London and Jack Webb have divorced in Los Angeles.

 

1954: Eleanor Parker marries artist Paul Clemens in Hollywood.

 

Tomorrow: more censorship problems for Garbo’s last picture…

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november twenty-sixth

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1940: John Barrymore’s wife has divorced him in Los Angeles on grounds of mental cruelty.

 

1941: The Archbishop of New York has issued a statement that Garbo’s TWO-FACED WOMAN is dangerous to public morals.

 

1945: Bess and Margaret Truman attend the season opening of the Metropolitan Opera.

 

1946: John Huston stages Jean Paul Sartre’s play ‘No Exit’ in New York.

 

1948: Jack Benny is moving his radio show from NBC to CBS for $3 million.

 

1952: BWANA DEVIL is the first 3-D motion picture to premiere in Hollywood.

 

1956: Tommy Dorsey has died in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was 51.

 

Tomorrow: playwright's passing…

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november twenty-seventh

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1941: The city of Boston has now banned MGM’s TWO-FACED WOMAN starring Greta Garbo.

 

1953: Eugene O’Neill has died at age 65. The renowned writer won the 1936 Nobel Prize for literature.

 

1955: Bill Nye the science guy is born on this day in Washington, D.C.

 

Tomorrow: a new Christmas Carol…

 

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november twenty-eighth

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1951: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, starring Alastair Sim, premieres in New York.

 

1951: I Am a Camera opens on Broadway to favorable reviews.

 

1953: Guys and Dolls closes on Broadway after 1200 performances.

 

1957: Look Homeward Angel opens on Broadway and receives favorable reviews.

 

Tomorrow: Glenn Ford’s latest film…

 

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november twenty-ninth

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1945: The play Strange Fruit opens on Broadway, adapted from Lillian Smith’s controversial novel.

 

1947: Top songs—Near You and I Wish I Didn’t Love You So.

 

1956: THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON premieres in New York.

 

1957: Erich Korngold, composer and two-time Oscar recipient, dies at age 60 in Hollywood.

 

Tomorrow: Jack Benny on top…

 

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november thirtieth

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1940: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz have been married in Greenwich, Connecticut.

 

1941: Author Jan Valtin has been released from a California prison. Valtin wrote Out of the Night, an autobiography of his time as a Soviet agent.

 

1947: Director Ernst Lubitsch has died at 55 in Bel Air, California.

 

1948: Jack Benny has the number one radio show.

 

Tomorrow: Billy Wilder’s latest film…

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november thirtieth

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1940: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz have been married in Greenwich, Connecticut.

 

1941: Author Jan Valtin has been released from a California prison. Valtin wrote Out of the Night, an autobiography of his time as a Soviet agent.

 

1947: Director Ernst Lubitsch has died at 55 in Bel Air, California.

 

1948: Jack Benny has the number one radio show.

 

Tomorrow: Billy Wilder’s latest film…

1929: Television icon and producer Dick Clark is born in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

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december first

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1945: THE LOST WEEKEND premieres in New York.

 

1953: Rod Steiger has been named as the best actor on television, and Edward R. Murrow’s Person to Person is the best series.

 

1954: Bob Hope’s autobiography is published by Simon & Schuster.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for Rudy Vallee…

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december second

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1942: Top songs—White Christmas; Dearly Beloved; and Mr. 5 by 5

 

1943: Rudy Vallee has married Jane Greer in Hollywood.

 

1947: The Screen Directors Guild has decided to ban communists from holding office.

 

1956: Candide opens on Broadway.

 

Tomorrow: Tennessee Williams’ new play…

 

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december third

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1940: The play Wine, Women and Song has been banned by a New York judge for indecency.

 

1944: Warners buys the rights to film Life with Father. Cost: $500,000.

 

1947: A Streetcar Named Desire opens on Broadway and receives favorable reviews.

 

1949: Philip Barry, author of The Philadelphia Story, has died of a heart attack in New York. He was 53.

 

1953: Kismet opens on Broadway.

 

1954: Julie London and Jack Webb are now divorced.

 

Tomorrow: number seven for Liz…

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december fourth

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1940: Marshall Field has published the first issue of The Chicago Sun.

 

1949: Jeff Bridges is born on this day in Los Angeles.

 

1976: Liz Taylor has married Senator John Warner. It’s her seventh marriage.

 

1981: Jane Wyman returns to television as Falcon Crest premieres on CBS.

 

Tomorrow: Jack Webb comes to television…

 

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december fifth

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1951: Dragnet debuts on NBC.

 

1973: The last episode of Monty Python airs on BBC television.

 

1983: Director Robert Aldrich has died in Los Angeles. He was 65.

 

Tomorrow: studio pulls controversial film…

 

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Thanks again, readers, for making this a well-read thread. Approaching 8000 views.

 

Some more good stuff coming up about Garbo's last film (and I think it becomes clear why it was her last film, since public sentiment had turned against her). Plus the usual assortment of premieres, divorces and a scandal involving Bing Crosby...you won't want to miss that...join me everyday here on the TCM message boards..!

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december sixth

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1940: Lily Pons has become a U.S. citizen in New Haven, Connecticut.

 

1941: MGM has pulled Garbo’s TWO-FACED WOMAN from release because of boycotts.

 

1944: A Bell for Adano opens on Broadway.

 

1955: The MPAA won’t approve Otto Preminger’s THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM because it’s about drug addiction.

 

Tomorrow: give peace a chance…

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december seventh

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1941: The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, which leads to the beginning of official U.S. involvement in the war.

 

1943: Carmen Jones opens on Broadway with an all-black cast.

 

1952: The Silver Chalice tops the bestsellers list.

 

1954: Jane Wyman divorces bandleader Fred Karger in Santa Monica. (The couple will remarry a few years later.)

 

1955: United Artists is protesting the MPAA’s ruling against Preminger’s THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM.

 

1980: John Lennon has been shot and killed in New York.

 

Tomorrow: blondes are preferred…

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december eighth

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1948: Anne of the Thousand Days opens on Broadway to favorable reviews.

 

1949: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes opens on Broadway with Carol Channing.

 

1963: Frank Sinatra Jr. has been kidnapped in Lake Tahoe.

 

1964: Teri Hatcher is born on this day in Palo Alto, California.

 

1980: The Bravo Network begins broadcasting on cable television.

 

Tomorrow: more Sinatra news…

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december ninth

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1943: Frank Sinatra has been classified as 4-F.

 

1945: Bob Hope and Fibber McGee have the top radio programs.

 

1951: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner have been robbed in London. About $17,000 in jewels has been stolen.

 

1951: Guy Lombardo has been allowed to kill a pedestrian with his car in New York. Police say the light was in his favor.

 

1952: Warner Brothers is selling its 300 theaters to comply with anti-trust laws.

 

1953: Milton Berle marries his press agent Ruth Cosgrove in New York.

 

Tomorrow: Bing Crosby goes to court…

 

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