August 27, 1917: The first feature to be directed by John Ford, the Harry Carey-Hoot Gibson western Straight Shooting, opens.
August 28, 1912: “King of Comedy” Mack Sennett leaves Biograph and forms Keystone Film Company with two former bookies.
August 28, 1927: Though they had worked together as far back as 1917, With Love and Hisses marks the debut of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as a comedy team.
August 26, 1930: The silent cinema loses one of its greatest stars when “man of a thousand faces” Lon Chaney succumbs to bronchial cancer at the age of 47.
August 24, 1937: “The Dead End Kids” (Huntz Hall, Billy Halop, Leo Gorcey, et. al.) reprise their stage roles in the film version of Dead End, co-starring Humphrey Bogart.
August 24, 1938: MGM’s price for the loan of Clark Gable‘s services to Selznick for Gone With the Wind: the distribution rights and one half the profits.
August 28, 1948: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, with all the action taking place over continuous ten-minute takes and seamless cuts to the next scene, opens.
August 27, 1953: Audrey Hepburn captivates audiences with her Hollywood debut as the runaway princess in Roman Holiday, for which she’ll win an Academy Award.
August 25, 1972: The horror genre and the “Blaxploitation” craze collide with the debut of William Marshall as Blacula.
August 26, 1980: Master of outlandish cartoon mayhem Frederick “Tex” Avery, who gave Bugs Bunny his “What’s up, Doc?” catchphrase, dies at 72.
August 29, 1982: On her 67th birthday, Casablanca co-star Ingrid Bergman dies in London.
August 28, 1987: Famed director John Huston passes away from emphysema at 81, days before the premiere of his final film, The Dead.
August 30, 2003: Action hero Charles Bronson, star of Death Wish, passes away at 81.
August 30, 2006: Leading man Glenn Ford, star of Gilda and 3:10 to Yuma, dies at 90.