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October 1927 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Jazz Singer Sounds Death Knell for Silent MoviesJazz Singer Sounds Death Knell for Silent Movies

Oct 6 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

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An advertising  poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
An advertising poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
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Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 8 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Tom Bosley, American actor (Howard-Happy Days, Murder She Wrote, Fiorello!), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Oct 1 Sandy Gall, Malaysian-born British journalist and newscaster
  • Oct 7 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2009)
  • Oct 8 Raymond Chow, Hong Kong film producer, popularized martial arts worldwide, born in Hong Kong (d. 2018)
  • Oct 10 Dana Elcar, American actor (Peter Thornton- MacGyver), born in Ferndale, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Oct 12 Antonia Rey [Francesch], Cuban-born American actress (True Colors, Wise Guys), born in Havana, Cuba

Person of interestRoger Moore

Oct 14 Roger Moore, British actor (The Saint, James Bond), born in London (d. 2017)

  • Oct 16 Lee Montague, British actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust), born in London, England

Person of interestGeorge C. Scott

Oct 18 George C. Scott, American actor and director (Patton, Dr. Strangelove), born in Wise, Virginia (d. 1999)

  • Oct 19 Pierre Alechinsky, Belgian painter/director (Cobra)
  • Oct 24 Gilbert Bécaud [François Gilbert Léopold Silly], French singer, pianist, composer and actor (Nathalie) known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, born in Toulon, France (d. 2001)
  • Oct 25 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • Oct 28 Dame Cleo Laine, British actress and jazz-pop singer (Flesh to a Tiger), born in Middlesex, England