This Week In Film History, 11.27.11

December 1, 1903: Edwin S. Porter’s The Great Train Robbery, the first motion picture to use intercutting scenes to form a unified narrative, is released.

December 2, 1910: Hefty funnyman John Bunny, the cinema’s first comedy star, makes his debut in Vitagraph’s Jack Fat and Jim Slim at Coney Island.

December 1, 1938: The first movie with an “all-midget cast,” the B-western The Terror of Tiny Town, opens to a Lilliputian box office.

November 29, 1939: The legendary rivalry between gossip queens Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons begins when Parsons is scooped on the divorce of James Roosevelt.

November 30, 1947: The director whose glossy costume dramas and romantic comedies were marked by “That Lubitsch Touch,” German-born Ernst Lubitsch, dies at 55.

November 30, 1952: Though decades old, 3-D films catch a wave of popularity with the American public, beginning with United Artists’ Bwana Devil.

November 30, 1981: Actress Natalie Wood, 43, dies in a mysterious drowning accident off her and husband Robert Wagner’s yacht.

November 27, 1996: Disney debuts the first live-action remake of one of its animated features, 101 Dalmatians.