This Week in Film History: 8/30/15

September 5, 1901: William McKinley, the first U.S. president to be captured on film, is shown at the Pan-American Expo in Buffalo, one day before his assassination.

September 1, 1902: A milestone in the evolution of the cinema is marked with the release of George Melies’ fantastic Voyage to the Moon.

September 4, 1911: The first country to form a national film censorship board? None other than supposedly broad-minded Sweden.

September 5, 1916: In response to the outcry over his The Birth of a Nation, D.W. Griffith releases Intolerance, a cinematic plea for understanding and goodwill.

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 31, 1946: After studio-suggested re-dos to reflect the chemistry of co-stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, the noir classic The Big Sleep opens.

August 31, 1946: Warner Bros.’ cartoon…I say, cartoon rooster Foghorn Leghorn makes his debut in the short Walky Talky Hawky.

August 31, 1948: A police narcotics sting operation leads to actor Robert Mitchum and actress Lila Leeds being arrested for marijuana possession.

September 2, 1949: James Cagney makes a memorable return to the gangster genre, playing psychopathic Cody Jarrett in White Heat.

August 31, 1973John Ford, the maverick director of Stagecoach and The Quiet Man, dies in Palm Desert, California, at the age of 78.

August 30, 1974: The inaugural Telluride Film Festival opens in the small southwest Colorado town.

September 3, 1991: Screenwriter, director and celebrant of the common man Frank Capra passes away at the age of 94.

September 3, 2001: Noted film critic/author Pauline Kael dies at age 82.

August 30, 2003: Action hero Charles Bronson, star of Death Wish, passes away at 81.

August 30, 2006: Leading man Glenn Ford, star of Gilda and 3:10 to Yuma, dies at 90.