September 9, 1916: Silent comedy star Harold Lloyd, at the suggestion of producer Hal Roach, first sports his trademark horn-rimmed glasses in Over the Fence.
September 14, 1919: Lon Chaney portrays the first of his memorable “grotesque roles,” twisting his body to play a fake cripple healed by The Miracle Man.
September 10, 1921: Comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is charged in the death of actress Virginia Rappe after a long, wild hotel party five days earlier.
September 10, 1922: The first of Hal Roach’s “Our Gang” comedies is released, One Terrible Day, with Mickey Daniels, Jack Davis and Jackie Condon.
It was 43 years ago this week that Joan Crawford closed her final big-screen career on a less than high note, with the “B” caveman shocker Trog. We’ve got even more wild things from Hollywood’s annals to share.
September 14, 1936: Producer Irving G. Thalberg, the “boy wonder” behind many of MGM’s film classics, dies of pneumonia in Santa Monica, Ca., at the age of 37.
September 11, 1947: Jane Russell delivers her bust-out debut performance as Howard Hughes’ much-anticipated, controversial adult western The Outlaw opens.
September 8, 1949: The most famous cinema squint this side of Clint Eastwood debuts when the nearsighted Mr. Magoo makes his bow in the animated short Ragtime Bear.
September 11, 1970: Joan Crawford makes a less than seemly screen farewell in the “B” horror vehicle Trog.
September 8, 1979: The body of actress Jean Seberg, 40, is found in the back of a car in Paris. Her controversial death will be attributed to an overdose of barbiturates.
September 13, 1982: Monaco’s Princess Grace of Monaco, the former Grace Kelly of Philadelphia, dies at 52 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.
September 12, 1992: Anthony Perkins, who immortalized the role of Norman Bates in Psycho, dies of AIDS at the age of 60.
September 9, 1993: Palms get sweaty in many a Hollywood boardroom as well-connected Beverly Hills madam Heidi Fleiss is arraigned on charges of narcotics possession and pandering.