On This Day

October 1888 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Historic Invention

Oct 17 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 3 Claud Allister, British actor (Kiss Me Kate, Quartet, Bulldog Drummond), born in London, England (d. 1970)
  • Oct 3 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1982)
  • Oct 8 Clifford Heatherley, British actor (Who Killed Doc Robin?), born in Preston, Lancashire, England (d. 1937)
  • Oct 9 Hank Patterson, American actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), born in Springville, Alabama (d. 1975)
  • Oct 9 Irving Cummings Sr., American silent screen actor and director (Curly Top), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)