Events in Film & Television in 1957

  • Jan 4 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)

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Jan 10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Det Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

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Jan 13 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Jan 21 KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)
  • Feb 11 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television closedown between 6.00pm and 7.00pm, was abolished in the United Kingdom.
  • Feb 27 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 28 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win

  • Mar 1 KTWO TV channel 2 in Casper, WY (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

Mar 16 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young win

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
  • Mar 18 WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 27 29th Academy Awards: "Around World in 80 Days", Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win

  • Apr 1 WYES TV channel 12 in New Orleans, LA (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 13 "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb, is released

  • Apr 15 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 25 WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 WSOC TV channel 9 in Charlotte, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 4th National Film Awards (India): "Kabuliwala" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 6 Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV
  • May 17 10th Cannes Film Festival: "Friendly Persuasion" directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d'Or
  • May 22 KBTX TV channel 3 in Bryan, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 28 WPSD TV channel 6 in Paducah, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jun 3 Howard Cosell's 1st TV show
  • Jun 25 "Jonathan Winters Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jul 1 WRLP TV channel 32 in Greenfield/Keene/Brat, MA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 24 KTVC TV channel 6 in Ensign, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jul 28 Jerry Lee Lewis makes his 1st TV appearance (Steve Allen Show)

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Aug 5 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
  • Sep 1 WAVY TV channel 10 in Portsmouth-Norfolk, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 WHC (now WPXI) TV channel 11 in Pittsburgh, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 1 WTLV TV channel 12 in Jacksonville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3 KTCA TV channel 2 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 7 WWL TV channel 4 in New Orleans, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting

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Sep 17 Two male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • Sep 21 "Perry Mason" with Raymond Burr premieres on CBS-TV
  • Sep 22 Western "Maverick" premieres on ABC television starring James Garner
  • Sep 23 WTIC TV channel 61 in Hartford, CT (CBS/FOX) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 25 18th Venice Film Festival: "Aparajito" directed by Satyajit Ray wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 28 "Dollar A Second" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Gisele MacKenzie Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "DuPont Show of the Month" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Paul Winchell Show" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 30 WKYT TV channel 27 in Lexington, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 2 "The Bridge on the River Kwai", directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1958)

Actor William Holden
Actor
William Holden
Actor Alec Guinness
Actor
Alec Guinness
Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Oct 4 "Leave It to Beaver" debuts on CBS
  • Oct 7 KOAC TV channel 7 in Corvallis, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

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Oct 21 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Oct 22 KJAC TV channel 4 in Port Arthur-Beaumont, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 27 WOWL TV channel 15 in Florence, AL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 27 WPTA TV channel 21 in Fort Wayne, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 28 WMVS TV channel 10 in Milwaukee, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 30 WLWI (now WTHR) TV channel 13 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 30 WYTV TV channel 33 in Youngstown, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 KVII TV channel 7 in Amarillo, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 KXGN TV channel 5 in Glendive, MT (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WICZ TV channel 40 in Binghamton, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 7 WEEQ (now WWTO) TV channel 35 in La Salle, IL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 17 WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, WV (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 26 WCVB TV channel 5 in Boston, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting

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Nov 28 "Look Homeward, Angel" with Anthony Perkins premieres in NYC

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 13 "Peyton Palace" film based on the novel by Grace Metalious, directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange is released

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner

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Dec 17 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Dec 22 KWRB (now KFNE) TV channel 10 in Lander-Riverton, WY (ABC) begins
  • Dec 28 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on