October 10, 1909: The New York Times publishes its first movie review, a critique of D.W. Griffith’s Pippa Passes.
October 6, 1927: The curtain opens on the “talkies” with Warner Bros.’ The Jazz Singer. Star Al Jolson says, “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet.”
October 7, 1928: The short subject Dancing Town, starring Helen Hayes, marks the first film appearance of stage actor Humphrey Bogart.
October 11, 1930: James Cagney makes his screen debut in the Warner Bros. crime drama Sinners’ Holiday.
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.
October 11, 1944: Gene Tierney creates a memorable portrait of seductive danger in the film noir classic Laura, directed by Otto Preminger.
October 11, 1944: “You know how to whistle, don’t you?,” Lauren Bacall asks future husband Humphrey Bogart in their first movie together, To Have and Have Not.
October 11, 1955: The landmark musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oklahoma!, filmed in both a CinemaScope and a Todd-AO version, is released.
October 5, 1956: Charlton Heston, as Moses, parts the Red Sea in Cecil B. DeMille’s gargantuan remake of The Ten Commandments.
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 10, 1961: Warren Beatty, who had starred on TV and on Broadway, makes an impressive film debut in Splendor in the Grass, co-starring Natalie Wood.
October 7, 1963: With an assortment of cinematic tricks, including freeze frames and sped-up film, director Tony Richardson fashions a comedic triumph in Tom Jones.
October 8, 1971: NYPD detective Gene Hackman shows how to drive in the Big Apple, as eventual Best Picture Oscar-winner The French Connection opens.
October 10, 1985: “Boy Wonder” actor/writer/director Orson Welles dies of a heart attack at 70.
October 6, 1989: Two-time Oscar-winner and indomitable screen heroine Bette Davis dies in Paris of breast cancer at 81.
October 6, 1991: Actress Elizabeth Taylor weds—for the eighth and final time, marrying construction worker Larry Fortensky at Michael Jackson’s Neverland estate.
October 10, 2004: Screen Superman Christopher Reeve, paralyzed from the neck down since a 1995 equestrian accident, dies from cardiac arrest at the age of 52.
October 6, 2006: Martin Scorsese’s crime drama The Departed, which will finally earn him a Best Director Oscar, opens.