Events in Film & Television in 1974

  • Jan 1 NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jan 5 Raul Julia appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Oh, Brother"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • Jan 6 "CBS Mystery Theater" premieres on radio
  • Jan 11 ABC airs final episode of "Love, American Style"
  • Jan 15 "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
  • Jan 18 "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 26 31st Golden Globes: "The Exorcist", Al Pacino, & Marsha Mason win

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Mel Brooks' film "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Actor Gene Wilder
Actor
Gene Wilder
  • Feb 8 "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • Feb 8 Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run
  • Feb 23 Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Confessions of an Orthodontist"
  • Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 2 46th Academy Awards: "The Sting", Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

  • May 24 Dean Martin Show last airs on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 27th Cannes Film Festival: "The Conversation" directed by Francis Ford Coppola wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 28 26th Emmy Awards: M*A*S*H, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore win

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 20 "Chinatown", directed by Roman Polanski starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, is released

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
Actor Jack Nicholson
Actor
Jack Nicholson
Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • Jun 27 "Flip Wilson Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 24 "Death Wish", based on the novel by Brian Garfield, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson is released in the US

  • Jul 31 6th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 7 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • Sep 10 Controversial TV drama "Born Innocent" premieres on US NBC tv, starring Linda Blair as an abused teen in a juvenile detention home
  • Sep 13 1st broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC-TV
  • Sep 23 BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service
  • Oct 1 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • Oct 30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 19 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

  • Dec 20 "The Godfather Part II", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)
  • Dec 27 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years