This Week In Film History, 05.27.12

button-film-historyJune 2, 1916: Victor Schertzinger composes the first original film score for an American feature, Thomas H. Ince‘s Civilization.

May 28, 1935: Twentieth Century Pictures and Fox Film Corporation unite to form 20th Century Fox, overseen by Joseph Schenck and Darryl F. Zanuck.

May 31, 1938: NBC broadcasts the first feature film on television shown in a single installment, The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel

May 28, 1941:  Animators and artists at the Walt Disney Studios launch an acrimonious two-month strike for pay raises and the right to unionize.

June 1, 1943: The plane carrying refined British actor Leslie Howard, 50, is shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay near Lisbon, Portugal. 

May 31, 1971: The body of 46-year-old World War II hero and actor Audie Murphy is discovered in Virginia in the wreckage of a plane crash.

May 29, 1979: “America’s Sweetheart” and silent screen legend Mary Pickford dies at the age of 87 in Santa Monica, California.

May 29, 1987: Director John Landis is acquitted of manslaughter charges stemming from 1982′s Twilight Zone–The Movie helicopter accident. 

  • Timothy Thompson

    Can someone please, please release in DVD “The Best of Enemies” with David Niven, the great Italian actor Sordi who played in another great movie “Those Men in Their Flying Machines” the Italian aviator who had a wife and a ton of kids in that film.  I’ve been waiting and follow all the new DVD realeses hoping that this film would come out.  It is a great War Comedy and the amount of new releases that really aren’t very good keep coming out and this film having great merrit never see’s the light of day how come?