This Week In Film History, 05.12.13

May 15, 1900: The Lumiere brothers dazzle audiences at the Paris World’s Fair with films projected onto an enormous 82′ x 49′ wide screen. 

 May 17, 1912: Carl Laemmle oversees the merger of a number of independent production companies to form Universal Manufacturing Company.

May 18, 1912: The first feature film from what would go on to be a burgeoning cinema industry in India, Pundalik, opens in Bombay.

May 16, 1929: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds the first Academy Awards ceremony at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel. 

May 15, 1931: With The Public Enemy, starring newcomer James Cagney, and Little Caesar with Edward G. Robinson before it, Warners carves a niche in the gangster drama genre.

May 12, 1944: Roy Rogers makes his first movie with future wife Dale Evans, The Cowboy and the Senorita, but saves his screen kisses for Trigger.

May 15, 1948: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling against “monopolistic practices” will, over the next two years, force studios to divest themselves of their theaters. 

May 13, 1956: After leaving a dinner party given by Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift gets into a devastating car accident that seriously scars his face.

May 13, 1961: Screen star Gary Cooper, 60, in films from 1925’s The Vanishing American until this year’s The Naked Edge, dies of cancer. 

May 12, 1987: Woody Allen and Ginger Rogers are among the Hollywood notables speaking out against the colorization of vintage films before Congress. 

May 15, 1987: Hollywood wags will have a new synonym for “bomb” with the failure of the $40 million Warren BeattyDustin Hoffman comedy Ishtar

May 16, 1990: Muppet creator and family entertainment guru Jim Henson, 53, and actor-singer-dancer Sammy Davis, Jr., 64, die. 

May 14, 1998: “The Voice” is finally silenced, as legendary singer and Oscar-winning actor Frank Sinatra faces the final curtain at age 82.