This Week in Film History: 9/13/15

September 18, 1909: The first feature film to be produced in the U.S., Les Miserables, is released in four separate parts between now and Nov. 27.

September 19, 1915: Vaudeville star W.C. Fields brings his famed pool-playing routine to the screen in Pool Sharks, his film debut.

September 14, 1919Lon Chaney  portrays the first of his memorable “grotesque roles,” twisting his body to play a fake cripple healed by The Miracle Man.

September 18, 1932: Despite only one screen credit, actress Peg Entwhistle will attain legendary status after jumping to her death from the “H” in the “Hollywoodland” sign.

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 19, 1945: Former child star Shirley Temple, 17, weds actor John Agar, 24, in California.

September 17, 1949: “Beep, beep!” The Road Runner and his indefatigable pursuer, Wile E. Coyote, make their debuts in the Warner Bros. short Fast and Furry-ous.

September 19, 1952: After going to London for the premiere of Limelight, actor/director Charlie Chaplin is barred from re-entering the U.S. on moral and political grounds.

September 16, 1953: To compete with the popularity of television, Fox launches the first successful widescreen process, CinemaScope, with The Robe.

September 15, 1954Marilyn Monroe shoots the iconic subway grate “skirt-blowing ” scene for The Seven Year Itch, infuriating then-husband Joe DiMaggio.

September 19, 1959: During a goodwill visit to Hollywood, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev watches the filming of a scene from Can-Can and later calls it immoral.

September 18, 1968Barbra Streisand makes her film debut in the musical bio of vaudevillian Fanny Brice, Funny Girl, a role she originated on Broadway.

September 18, 1981: “No more wire hangers!” becomes a catchphrase, as the Joan Crawford biodrama Mommie Dearest becomes an unintentional comedy hit.

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 18, 1987: Spouses contemplating affairs learn about the dangers of infidelity with the opening of Fatal Attraction.

September 19, 1989: The National Film Registry releases its inaugural list of 25 motion pictures deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically important.

September 19, 1990Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro reteam with Goodfellas, the hard-hitting biography of Henry Hill’s life in the mob, starring Ray Liotta.

September 17, 1997: Funnyman Red Skelton, star of I Dood It and A Southern Yankee, dies at 84.

September 18, 2004: Filmmaker Russ Meyer, known for his pulchritudinous leading ladies, dies at 82.

September 14, 2009Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze dies from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.