This Week In Film History, 01.29.12

Movie History: A Historical Look Movie HIstoryFebruary 2, 1922: Hollywood has a real whodunit on its hands when Paramount Pictures director William Desmond Taylor is found slain.

February 1, 1929:  MGM’s The Broadway Melody premieres in Hollywood, becoming the first musical with an original score.

February 1, 1937: During Clark Gable‘s birthday party on the MGM lot, Judy Garland sings “You Made Me Love You,” a song she’ll perform in Broadway Melody of 1938.

January 31, 1943: Italian director Luchino Visconti‘s gritty drama Ossessione adds the phrase “neo-realism” to the cinematic lexicon.

January 29, 1964: Originally intended as a tense Cold War thriller until evolving into a satire, Stanley Kubrick‘s Dr. Strangelove, with Peter Sellers, opens today.

February 1, 1966: After a career that spanned 50 years, with successes on stage, and in front of and behind the camera, Buster Keaton, 70, dies of lung cancer.

February 2, 1969: “King of Horror” Boris Karloff dies of respiratory disease in his native England at 81.

February 4, 1970: George C. Scott, Karl Malden and General Omar Bradley attend the premiere of 20th Century Fox’s Patton in New York.

February 1, 1973: A record $5.00 ticket price is being charged at New York’s Trans-Lux East Theatre for Last Tango in Paris.

January 31, 1974: Legendary producer Sam Goldwyn of Guys and Dolls and The Best Years of Our Lives fame dies at the age of 74.

February 1, 1978: Just before he’s about to be sentenced for the statutory rape of a teenage girl at Jack Nicholson‘s L.A. home, director Roman Polanski flees the United States.

February 3, 1989: Maverick filmmaker John Cassavetes, whose work preceded the rise of the independent cinema, dies of lung cancer at 59.

February 2, 1996: Athletic screen hoofer and choreographer Gene Kelly dies at the age of 83.


  • William Smith

    I think we all agree that Gone With the Wind is one of the best movies of all time. However, when I wish to be reminded that wealthy people have just as many problems as the rest of us, I view Dinner at Eight. Jean Harlow, John and Lionel Barrymore, Billie Burke, Marie Dressler are at the peak of their game with the characters they all portray. The script is perfect with all the one liners one after the other which are very funny. There are a few dramatic scenes but all & all it is fun to watch and is one of my favorites.