This Week In Film History, 09.08.13

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.

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.