Events in Film & Television in 1974

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

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

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

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

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
  • Feb 8 "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • Feb 8 Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run
  • Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

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

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

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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: MASH, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore win

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Jun 20 "Chinatown", starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, is released

  • Jun 27 "Flip Wilson Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jul 31 6th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

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Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
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 1 "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" horror film directed by Tobe Hooper is 1st released in the US
  • Oct 30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • Dec 5 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

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