This Week In Film History, 09.29.13

September 30, 1919: While holding what he believed to be a prop bomb for a publicity photo, Harold Lloyd loses a thumb and finger when it explodes.

September 29, 1932: The opening of John Barrymore‘s drama A Bill of Divorcement is notable for the film debut of 24-year-old stage actress Katharine Hepburn.

October 5, 1939:  With the Hollywood remake of Intermezzo, a version of which she made in her native Sweden two years earlier, Ingrid Bergman makes her American debut.

September 30, 1943: Army Air Force lieutenant Clark Gable is awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal after taking part in five combat missions.

September 29, 1949: My Friend Irma opens, giving moviegoers their first look at the comedy duo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

September 30, 1955: An undying cult of personality will soon begin, as James Dean gets into a fatal auto accident on a California highway at age 24.

October 5, 1956: Charlton Heston, as Moses, parts the Red Sea in Cecil B. DeMille’s gargantuan remake of The Ten Commandments.

October 3, 1961: The Production Code, easing up on portrayals of “sexual aberration,” gives the Code of Approval to The Children’s Hour and Advise and Consent.

October 5, 1962: Sean Connery is “Bond…James Bond” in the series’ first entry, Dr. No, despite the wishes of author Ian Fleming, who preferred Roger Moore.

October 3, 1971: The opening in Hong Kong of The Big Boss (released in America a year later as Fists of Fury) revives the martial arts genre and makes Bruce Lee a star.

October 5, 1979: Dudley Moore becomes a star, Bo Derek is the new “It” girl and Ravel’s “Bolero” gains popularity as Blake Edwards’ 10 opens. 

September 29, 1983: Baby Boomers have a feast of late ’60s nostalgia with the release of Lawrence Kasdan’s ensemble-casted The Big Chill.

October 2, 1985: Less than three months after revealing to the world he has AIDS, actor Rock Hudson succumbs to the disease at 59.

September 30, 1993: Walt Disney Pictures announces its acquisition of arthouse powerhouse Miramax Films for a reported $64 million.

October 2, 1998: The last of the great screen cowpokes, warbling whitehat Gene Autry, rides into the sunset at age 91.