This Week In Film History, 09.18.11

September 18, 1909: The first feature film to be produced in the U.S., Les Miserables, is released in four separate parts between now and Nov. 27.

September 19, 1915: Vaudeville star W.C. Fields brings his famed pool-playing routine to the screen in Pool Sharks, his film debut.

September 21, 1927: MGM’s iconic lion Leo uses up one of his nine lives when he survives the crash of his L.A.-New York publicity flight in Arizona.

September 18, 1932: Despite only one screen credit, Peg Entwhistle will attain legendary status after jumping to her death from the “H” in the “Hollywoodland” sign.

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 19, 1959: During a goodwill visit to Hollywood, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev watches the filming of a scene from Can-Can and later calls it immoral.

September 18, 1968: Barbra Streisand makes her film debut in the musical bio of vaudevillian Fanny Brice, Funny Girl, a role she originated on Broadway.

September 18, 1981: “No more wire hangers!” becomes a catchphrase, as the Joan Crawford biodrama Mommie Dearest becomes an unintentional comedy hit.

September 18, 1987: Spouses contemplating affairs learn about the dangers of infidelity with the opening of Fatal Attraction.

September 19, 1990: Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro reteam with Goodfellas, the hard-hitting biography of Henry Hill’s life in the mob, starring Ray Liotta.

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