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december tenth

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1946: Writer Damon Runyon has died in New York. He was 62.

 

1953: The first edition of Playboy magazine has been published.

 

1954: Bing Crosby has been forced to pay $100,000 in damages. He caused a three-car collision a year earlier.

 

1960: Kenneth Branagh is born on this day in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

Tomorrow: new MPAA rulings…

 

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december eleventh

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1949: Clare Barnes’ White Collar Zoo tops the bestsellers.

 

1951: Joe DiMaggio retires from baseball at age 37.

 

1956: The MPAA is revising the production code. Some scenes depicting drug use, abortion, prostitution and kidnapping will be allowed.

 

1961: Elvis Presley’s album Blue Hawaii begins a 20-week reign at the top of charts.

 

Tomorrow: Rita Hayworth back in Reno…

 

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december twelfth

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1945: Tommy Manville has married his eighth wife. He’s 51, and she’s 27.

 

1949: THE BICYCLE THIEF premieres in New York.

 

1950: Faye Emerson marries orchestra leader Skitch Henderson in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

 

1955: Rita Hayworth has divorced Dick Haymes in Reno.

 

1963: Frank Sinatra Jr.’s kidnappers have returned him.

 

Tomorrow: Disney film is picketed…

 

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december thirteenth

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1944: Top song—The Trolley Song.

 

1946: SONG OF THE SOUTH is picketed by the National Negro Congress in New York. But Walt Disney is determined to keep the film in wide release.

 

1958: Harry Moore—Kingfish in Amos ‘n Andy—dies at 70 in Los Angeles.

 

1978: The first Susan B. Anthony dollar enters circulation.

 

Tomorrow: the death of Nora Charles…

 

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december fourteenth

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1941: Robert Sherwood has insisted that a Minnesota-based production of his Pulitzer Prize winning play There Shall Be No Night be stopped.

 

1944: NATIONAL VELVET premieres in New York.

 

1945: Dream Girl opens on Broadway with Betty Field and Wendell Corey. It receives favorable reviews.

 

1946: Patty Duke is born on this day in Elmhurst, New York.

 

1993: Myrna Loy has died from complications during surgery in New York. She was 88.

 

Tomorrow: Barbara Stanwyck is unlucky in love…

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december fifteenth

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1943: Alexander Korda says he will spend $140 million on films over the next ten years.

 

1943: 20th Century Fox has bought the rights to film Moss Hart’s Winged Victory.

 

1945: Top tunes – It’s Been a Long, Long Time; and It Might As Well Be Spring.

 

1950: Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor have called it quits. They are separating after 11 years of marriage.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for Shirley Temple…

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december sixteenth

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1944: Boston police have charged a man with selling Erskine Caldwell’s new novel, Tragic Ground. Twenty obscene pages have been found by the Watch and Ward Society.

 

1945: Thomas Costain’s The Black Rose tops the bestsellers list.

 

1949: John D. Rockefeller Jr. donates 35,000 acres to the state of Wyoming for recreational use.

 

1950: Shirley Temple, 22, marries Charles Black in California; announces her retirement from films.

 

1959: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: Garbo’s last film gets another chance…

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december seventeenth

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1941: MGM has re-released Garbo’s TWO-FACED WOMAN after several objectionable scenes have been cut to appease the Legion of Decency.

 

1949: A Streetcar Named Desire closes after 855 performances.

 

1951: RASHOMAN is named the best foreign film by the National Board of Review.

 

1959: ON THE BEACH premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: James Mason on top…

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december eighteenth

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1946: James Mason is hailed as the most popular British film star of the year.

 

1946: The National Board of Review says the year’s greatest films are THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and BRIEF ENCOUNTER.

 

1952: The National Board of Review selects the year’s top films—LIMELIGHT; 5 FINGERS; and THE QUIET MAN.

 

1956: THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow:  special recognition for Irene Dunne…

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december nineteenth

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1948: Top of the bestsellers—Lloyd Douglas’ The Big Fisherman.

 

1948: Irene Dunne is recognized by the National Conference of Christians and Jews for promoting a better understanding of people of all faiths.

 

1951: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh begin as Anthony and Cleopatra on Broadway.

 

1957: The Music Man opens on Broadway to favorable reviews.

 

Tomorrow: Jackie Gleason’s sweet television deal…

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december twentieth

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1944: WINGED VICTORY premieres in New York.

 

1950: CBS has asked 2400 employees to sign loyalty statements.

 

1951: The film version of Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, starring Fredric March, premieres in New York.

 

1954: Jackie Gleason signs a $6 million contract with Buick to star in The Honeymooners for two years.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for British film couple…

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december twenty-first

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1941: The National Board of Review says CITIZEN KANE is the year’s best picture.

 

1943: A Film Daily poll names Paul Lukas and Greer Garson as the best actors of the year.

 

1950: Jean Simmons & Stewart Granger have tied the knot.

 

1958: Ingrid Bergman marries Swedish film producer Lars Schmidt in London.

 

Tomorrow: big new contract for Bogart…

 

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december twenty-second

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1940: F. Scott Fitzgerald has died in Hollywood at age 44.

 

1944: Silent movie star Harry Langdon is dead at 60.

 

1946: Warner Brothers has signed Humphrey Bogart to an unprecedented 15-year contract.

 

1952: The film version of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST ha premiered in New York.

 

1953: Hedy Lamarr marries Texas oilman Howard Lee in New York.

 

1959: SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: Ed Sullivan is the talk of television…

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december twenty-second

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1940: F. Scott Fitzgerald has died in Hollywood at age 44.

 

1944: Silent movie star Harry Langdon is dead at 60.

 

1946: Warner Brothers has signed Humphrey Bogart to an unprecedented 15-year contract.

 

1952: The film version of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST ha premiered in New York.

 

1953: Hedy Lamarr marries Texas oilman Howard Lee in New York.

 

1959: SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER premieres in New York.

 

1979: Darryl F. Zanuck dies at age 77 in Santa Monica, California. Zanuck, a former production head for Warner Bros., created 20th Century Pictures, combining it with Fox films, forming 20th Century-Fox.

 

Tomorrow: Ed Sullivan is the talk of television…

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december twenty-third

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1949: Toast of the Town and Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts are the top TV shows.

 

1952: The film version of COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA premieres in New York.

 

1954: Disney’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: A new film for Tracy & Hepburn…

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december twenty-fourth

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1943: The box office champs of the year are Betty Grable at #1 and Bob Hope at #2.

 

1949: ADAM’S RIB premieres in New York.

 

1957: Norma Talmadge has died at age 60 in Las Vegas.

 

Tomorrow: legendary comic’s last days…

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december twenty-fifth

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1946: W.C. Fields has died in Pasadena. He was 66.

 

1948: Duke Ellington’s band is the number one music group.

 

1952: MY COUSIN RACHEL premieres in New York.

 

1953: Producer Lee Shubert has died in New York at 78.

 

1957: OLD YELLER premieres in New York.

 

1959: SOLOMON AND SHEBA premieres in New York.

 

Tomorrow: the greatest movie on earth…

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december twenty-sixth

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1940: My Sister Eileen opens on Broadway to favorable reviews.

 

1952: THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH is the top movie of the year.

 

1955: A U.S. production of Porgy & Bess opens in Leningrad.

 

1956: According to the New York Film Critics, Ingrid Bergman and Kirk Douglas are the year’s best actors.

 

Tomorrow: More New York Film Critics awards…

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december twenty-seventh

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1944: The New York Film Critics have selected GOING MY WAY the best film of the year.

 

1949: The New York Film Critics pick ALL THE KING’S MEN as the year’s top film.

 

1950: The New York Film Critics name Bette Davis best actress and Gregory Peck best actor.

 

1951: MIRACLE IN MILAN has been chosen the best foreign film by the New York Film Critics.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for Henry Fonda…

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december twenty-eighth

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1944: The top box office star of the year is Bing Crosby.

 

1948: Jack Benny has the number one radio show.

 

1950: Henry Fonda has married Susan Blanchard, Oscar Hammerstein’s stepdaughter.

 

1953: Sam Goldwyn urges the MPAA a greater degree of latitude in its production code.

 

Tomorrow: Gregory Peck is unlucky in love…

 

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december twenty-ninth

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1943: South Pacific opens on Broadway.

 

1947: Critics choose GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT as the best film of the year.

 

1954: Gregory Peck divorces his wife Greta in Los Angeles.

 

1954: John Wayne is the top box office star of the year.

 

1957: Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme marry in Las Vegas.

 

Tomorrow: Jack Benny must pay…

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december thirtieth

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1947: Fred Allen and Red Skelton have the top radio programs.

 

1948: Kiss Me Kate opens on Broadway and receives favorable reviews.

 

1948: The I.R.S. is going after Jack Benny. He is being forced to pay a 75% personal income tax by the U.S. government.

 

1949: Paramount Pictures, Inc. has been dissolved by a court order. It will now be called Paramount Pictures Corporation.

 

1949: SANDS OF IWO JIMA premieres in New York.

 

1953: THE WILD ONE premieres in New York.

 

1954: Gloria Vanderbilt has separated from her husband, conductor Leopold Stowkowski, in order to pursue her goals as an actress.

 

Tomorrow: wedding bells for Ernest Borgnine…

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december thirty-first

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1940: Bette Davis marries Boston businessman Arthur Farnsworth on a ranch in Arizona.

 

1950: Top of the bestsellers—Joy Street and Kon-Tiki.

 

1955: Gregory Peck marries Veronique Passani in California.

 

1959: Ernest Borgnine has married Katy Jurado in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

 

Tomorrow: a new year of happenings…

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