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1924 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Feb 4 George Kelly's play "Show-Off," premieres in New York City
  • Feb 5 The Royal Greenwich Observatory begin broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the "BBC pips".
  • Feb 17 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller sets 100m world freestyle record 57.4s at Miami, Florida
  • Apr 17 Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B Mayer Co merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM)
  • Dec 16 Noël Coward's "Vortex" premieres in London
  • Dec 26 Frances Gumm (later Judy Garland), age 2½, billed as 'Baby Frances', makes her show business debut

Weddings in Film & TV


Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1924

  • Mar 6 Meyer van Beem, Dutch actor (Mottige Janus, Black Venus), dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Eleanora Duse, Italian actress (La Gioconda, La Locandiera), dies at 64
  • Nov 19 Thomas Ince, American film director (b. 1882)
  • Dec 6 Gene Stratton-Porter, American author, screenwriter and naturalist (b. 1863)