On This Day In Movie History, 11.11.12
November 13, 1921: After gaining fame in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Italian-born leading man Rudolph Valentino mesmerizes female filmgoers as The Sheik.
November 15, 1935: The Marx Brothers’ first feature for MGM, A Night at the Opera, opens; it will prove to be their masterpiece and will break box office records across the country.
November 16, 1945: A cartoon spirit named Casper first materializes onto movie screens in Paramount’s The Friendly Ghost.
November 15, 1956: The greatest film career for a rock star gets underway when Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley‘s first film, opens in New York.
November 15, 1974: Universal Pictures’ Earthquake rattles the American movie-going public with the first use of Sensurround.
November 11, 1976: Universal and Disney launch proceedings against Sony for copyright infringement, hoping to halt the manufacture of their Betamax machine.
November 16, 1977: With the future of Columbia resting on its release, Close Encounters of the Third Kind debuts and becomes a critical and commercial success.
November 15, 1989: Disney’s animated feature division is revitalized with the critical and box office success of The Little Mermaid.