March 18, 1910: An important entry in the nascent horror genre is the Edison Company’s Frankenstein, with stage veteran Charles Ogle as the monster.
March 20, 1943: “Hello, all you happy people.” Tex Avery’s poker-faced cartoon canine, Droopy, makes his debut in Dumb Hounded.
March 22, 1944: Hollywood enters the age of TV advertising when Paramount promotes Miracle of Morgan’s Creek in a 30-minute program hosted by Preston Sturges.
March 20, 1948: Vittorio De Sica‘s Shoeshine, nominated only for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, is given a special award, and next year a Best Foreign Film category will be created.
March 23, 1950: Mercedes McCambridge becomes the first performer to win an Academy Award for a film debut, for All the King’s Men.
March 20, 1952: Humphrey Bogart wins his first-and only-Academy Award as the irascible skipper of The African Queen.
March 20, 1955: Hollywood discovers a new sound-rock and roll–when “Rock Around the Rock” plays over the opening credits of Blackboard Jungle.
March 21, 1961: With one studio effort under his belt, actor/director John Cassavetes releases the independent Shadows, a jazz-infused drama set in New York.
March 23, 1964: One-of-a-kind character actor Peter Lorre, 59, who came to prominence with Germany’s M, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles.
March 17, 1970: The Boys in the Band is a groundbreaking, albeit stereotypic, step in mainstream cinema’s depiction of homosexuals.
March 20, 1971: Producer Albert Ruddy announces all references to “the Mafia” will be eliminated from the script of The Godfather at the request of Italian-Americans.
March 17, 1972: The University of Baltimore is the scene of the premiere of underground filmmaker John Waters‘ infamous “exercise in poor taste,” Pink Flamingos.
March 20, 1992: The simple act of crossing and uncrossing her legs makes Sharon Stone a major star in the controversial suspense thriller Basic Instinct.
March 21, 1994: After being practically ignored by the Academy throughout his career, Steven Spielberg and Schindler’s List take home seven Oscars.
March 22, 1994: Walter Lantz, veteran animator and creator of Woody Woodpecker, dies at the age of 93.