September 1, 1902: A milestone in the evolution of the cinema is marked with the release of George Méliès’ fantastic Voyage to the Moon.
August 28, 1912: “King of Comedy” Mack Sennett leaves Biograph and forms Keystone Film Company with two former bookies.
September 1, 1919: The first United Artists film, His Majesty, the American with Douglas Fairbanks, opens in New York.
September 1, 1920: After co-starring with “Fatty” Arbuckle for three years, Buster Keaton makes his solo starring debut with the short One Week.
September 2, 1923: Under his most remarkable make-up to date, Lon Chaney brings Victor Hugo’s Quasimodo to life in the first filming of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
September 1, 1928: Animator Paul Terry’s Dinner Time, the first all-talking cartoon short, premieres in New York.
August 31, 1939: An all-distaff cast drives the witty goings-on in director George Cukor‘s filming of the hit Broadway play The Women.
September 3, 1939: Alfred Hitchcock reshoots the ending of Foreign Correspondent to incorporate the anticipated bombing of London by the Luftwaffe.
August 28, 1948: Alfred Hitchcock‘s Rope, with all the action taking place over continuous ten-minute takes and seamless cuts to the next scene, opens.
September 2, 1949: James Cagney makes a memorable return to the gangster genre, playing psychopathic Cody Jarrett in White Heat.
August 31, 1973: John Ford, the maverick director of Stagecoach and The Quiet Man, dies in Palm Desert, California, at the age of 78.
August 28, 1987: Famed director John Huston passes away from emphysema at 81, days before the premiere of his final film, The Dead.
September 3, 1991: Screenwriter, director and celebrant of the common man Frank Capra passes away at the age of 94.