September 25, 1906: Winsor McCay’s Gertie the Dinosaur astounds audiences nationwide and will blaze new trails in the art of animation.
September 28, 1914: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum’s movie company releases The Patchwork Girl of Oz, the first feature-length film based on his books.
September 28, 1928: Sales for Al Jolson‘s record of Sonny Boy soar into the millions, the first hit song from a movie soundtrack (The Singing Fool).
September 28, 1929: Silent screen star John Gilbert‘s performance in his first sound film, His Glorious Night, meets with cries of laughter from female patrons.
September 25, 1936: A third trial results in the acquittal of legendary musical director Busby Berkeley on second-degree murder charges stemming from a 1935 auto accident.
September 23, 1952: Charlie Chaplin, after learning that U.S. immigration will deny his re-entry unless he submits to an inquiry into his moral worth, arrives in London.
September 25, 1964: Broadway star Julie Andrews, excluded from the film version of My Fair Lady, has her day as Disney’s delightful Edwardian nanny, Mary Poppins.
September 29, 1983: Baby Boomers have a feast of late ’60s nostalgia with the release of Lawrence Kasdan‘s ensemble-casted The Big Chill.