September 21, 1917: The first full-color feature film made in America, The Gulf Between, premieres in New York.
September 21, 1927: MGM’s mascot, Leo the Lion, uses up one of his nine lives when he survives the crash in Arizona of his L.A.-to-New York publicity flight.
September 25, 1936: A third trial results in the acquittal of legendary musical director Busby Berkeley on second-degree murder charges stemming from a 1935 auto accident.
September 24, 1939: Pioneering film executive Carl Laemmle, founder of Universal Pictures, dies at age 71. His son, producer Carl Laemmle, Jr., would pass away on the same date 40 years later.
September 20, 1947: Officials in Memphis, Tenn. ban the Hal Roach comedy Curley over its depiction of black kids and white kids attending school together.
September 25, 1954: After winning the Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday earlier in the year, Audrey Hepburn marries actor Mel Ferrer in Switzerland. Their union would end in divorce 14 years later.
September 21, 1974: Walter Brennan, beloved winner of three Best Supporting Actor Academy Awards, dies at the age of 80.
September 26, 1975: Following its London debut, 20th Century-Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show–based on a hit stage show–opens here to lackluster business and vanishes, never to be heard from again.
September 26, 1986: American audiences say “g’day” to Aussie actor Paul Hogan with the release of “Crocodile” Dundee.
September 25, 1987: Academy Award-winner Mary Astor, femme fatale of The Maltese Falcon, passes away at 81.
September 23, 1994: The prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, based on a Stephen King story, debuts to modest success but would gain greater popularity and cult status on home video.
September 22, 1999: George C. Scott, who famously turned down his Best Actor Oscar for the title role in Patton, dies from an aortic aneurysm at 71.
September 26, 2010: Actress Gloria Stuart, whose career stretched from The Invisible Man to Titanic, dies a few months after marking her 100th birthday.