On This Day

May 1897 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • May 14 Oldest continuously operating movie theater in the world, the State Theatre first opens in Washington, Iowa (Guinness World Records)

Music History

May 18 Paul Dukas' symphonic scherzo "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" (used in Disney's Fantasia film) premieres, based on poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Birthdays in Film & TV

Frank Capra

May 18 Frank Capra, Italian-American Academy Award-winning film director (It's a Wonderful Life; It Happened One Nigh; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

  • May 18 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • May 28 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), born in London, England (d. 1962)
  • May 31 Margalo Gillmore, British actress (Skirts Ahoy, High Society), born in London, England (d. 1986)