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Year 1933 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Premier

Jan 5 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
Actor and Director Frank Lloyd
Actor and Director
Frank Lloyd
  • Jan 30 "Lone Ranger" begins a 21-year run on ABC radio

Film PremierKing Kong Premieres

Mar 2 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

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Poster for the 1933 film
Poster for the 1933 film "King Kong", the first in a series of movies about the giant gorilla
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  • May 27 Walt Disney's short film "3 Little Pigs" released (Academy Award Best Animated film 1934)
  • Jun 23 Don McNeill's Pepper Pot (Breakfast Club) begins 35½ year run on NBC

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 6 "Nertsery Rhymes" short film starring Ted Healy and His Stooges premieres, one of the first film appearance of The Three Stooges

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard
  • Aug 23 First televised boxing match — 6-round exhibition at Broadcasting House in London between middleweights Archie Sexton and Lauri Raiteri; aired by BBC-TV
  • Sep 29 Little King, Cartoon Character, by Von Beuren, debut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 Eugene O'Neill's comedy "Ah, Wilderness" premieres in NYC

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Playwright
Eugene O'Neill
  • Nov 17 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 2 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • Dec 4 Jack Kirkland's play "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time

AgreementContract of Interest

Dec 21 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple aged 5, to a studio contract

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 29 "Sons of the Desert" film directed by William A. Seiter starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is released

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

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 Joe Orton, British actor and dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears), born in Leicester, England (d. 1967)
  • Jan 6 Emil Steinberger, Swiss comedian, born in Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Jan 7 Elliott Kastner, American film producer (Angel Heart, Where Eagles Dare), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 8 Charles Osgood, American news anchor (CBS Weekend News), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 12 Michael Aspel, English television presenter, born in Battersea, London
  • Jan 14 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2003)

Person of interestSusan Sontag

Jan 16 Susan Sontag, American author & film director (Benefactor, 1966 Pol Award), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)

Author Susan Sontag
Author
Susan Sontag
  • Jan 17 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1987)
  • Jan 17 Sheree North [Dawn Bethel], American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)
  • Jan 18 David Bellamy, English botanist & TV presenter, born in London, England (d. 2019)
  • Jan 18 John Boorman, English filmmaker (Exorcist II, Deliverance, Zardoz), born in Shepperton, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Chita Rivera, American actress (West Side Story, Sweet Charity), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 2 Tony Jay, British-American actor, voice artist, and singer (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - "Frollo"), born in London, England (d. 2006)
  • Feb 5 Nick Georgiade, American actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 6 Leslie Crowther, English comedian & television presenter, born in West Bridgford, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Feb 10 Don Wilson, American guitarist (The Ventures, Hawaii 5-0 Theme), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 13 Caroline Blakiston, actress (At Bertram's Hotel)
  • Feb 13 Kim Novak [Marilyn], American actress (Vertigo, Of Human Bondage), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 14 Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema", born in Delhi, India (d. 1969)
  • Feb 14 Richard "Dick" Yarmy, American actor (Get Smart, Arnie, Bone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 18 Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Reflection of Fear, Windom's Way) (d. 1975), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Feb 21 Bob Rafelson, American film director, screenwriter and producer (Five Easy Pieces, The Monkees), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 26 Godfrey Cambridge, American actor (Cotton comes to Harlem), born in NYC, New York (d. 1976)
  • Mar 1 Joan Hackett, NY, actress (Will Penny, One Stone Pony)
  • Mar 3 Alfredo Landa, Spanish actor (The Crach, Sinatra), born in Pamplona, Spain (d. 2013)
  • Mar 6 William Davis, author/broadcaster (Battle at Bull Run)
  • Mar 12 Barbara Feldon, American actress (Agent 99-Get Smart), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Person of interestMichael Caine

Mar 14 Michael Caine [Maurice J. Micklewhite], English actor (Alfie), born in London, England

Person of interestPhilippe de Broca

Mar 15 Philippe de Broca, French film director, born in Paris, France

Film Director Philippe de Broca
Film Director
Philippe de Broca
  • Mar 19 Renee Taylor [Wexler], American actress (Jack Paar Show; The Nanny - "Sylvia"), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 23 Monique van Vooren, Belgian actress (Andy Warhol's Frankenstein)
  • Mar 23 Norman Yemm, Australian actor (Oklahoma!), born in Elsternwick, Australia (d. 2015)
  • Mar 30 Jean-Claude Brialy, Algerian actor and director (Églantine, Circle of Love, Cousins), born in Aumale, Algeria (d. 2007)
  • Mar 30 Joe Ruby, American animator (co-creator of Scooby-Doo), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • Mar 31 Bob Simmons, Fulham England, stuntman (double for James Bond)
  • Apr 5 Frank Gorshin, American comedian and impersonator (Riddler-Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Dudley Sutton, British actor (Leather Boys, Brimstone & Treacle)
  • Apr 7 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), born in Birmingham Alabama (d. 2015)

Person of interestJean-Paul Belmondo

Apr 9 Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor (Casino Royale, Magnifique), born in Paris, France

  • Apr 9 Gian Maria Volontè, Italian actor (Fistful of Dollars), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1994)
  • Apr 10 Poncie Ponce, American actor (Kazuo Kim-Hawaiian Eye), born in Maui, Hawaii (d. 2013)
  • Apr 13 Shani Wallis, Irish-American singer and actress (Oliver), born in Tottenham, Middlesex, England

Person of interestElizabeth Montgomery

Apr 15 Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (Samantha/Serena-Bewitched), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

  • Apr 16 Joan Bakewell, British broadcaster and actress (Cold Comfort Farm), born in Stockport, England
  • Apr 19 Jayne Mansfield [Vera Jane Palmer], American actress (The Girl Can't Help It), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • Apr 24 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, born in Oakland, California (d. 2020)
  • Apr 24 Claire Davenport, English actress (The Elephant Man), born in Sale, Cheshire, England (d. 2002)
  • Apr 24 Helmuth Lohner, Austrian actor and director (Mrs. Warren's Profession), born in Vienna

Person of interestCarol Burnett

Apr 26 Carol Burnett, American comedian (The Carol Burnett Show) and actress (Annie; The Four Seasons; Mad About You), born in San Antonio, Texas

Comedian and Actress Carol Burnett
Comedian and Actress
Carol Burnett
  • Apr 29 Keith Baxter, Welsh actor (Chimes at Midnight, Killing Time, Barretts at Wimpole Street), born in Newport, Monmouthshire
  • Apr 29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), born in Oakland, California (d. 2015)
  • May 3 Alex Cord [Alexander Viespi], American actor (Brotherhood, Fire, Street Asylum), born in NYC, New York
  • May 7 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, born near Malishevë, Kosovo (d. 2020)
  • May 9 Johnny Grant, unofficial mayor of Hollywood
  • May 14 Lajos Kovacs, Hungarian actor (Wings of Desire)
  • May 14 Michael Chevalier, German voice actor
  • May 20 Constance Towers, American actress (Capitol, Shock Corridor, Naked Kiss), born in Whitefish, Montana
  • May 22 Don Estelle [Ronald Edwards], British actor and singer (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), born in Crumpsall, Lancashire (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Joan Henrietta Collins, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch), born in London, England
  • May 25 Roger Bowen, American actor (M*A*S*H, Main Event, What about Bob, Petulia), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1996)t
  • May 28 John Karlen, American actor (Harvey Lacey-Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestJoan Rivers

Jun 8 Joan Rivers, American comedian and actress (Late Show, Hollywood Squares), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2014)

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • Jun 9 Dick Orkin, American actor (Tim Conway Show), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Person of interestGene Wilder

Jun 11 Gene Wilder [Jerome Silberman], American actor (Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2016)

  • Jun 20 Brett Halsey, actress (Paul-Follow the Sun), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Jun 20 Danny Aiello, American actor (Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing), born in NYC, New York (d. 2019)
  • Jun 21 Bernie Kopell, American actor (Love Boat, Get Smart, That Girl), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 22 Jacques Martin, French TV host (d. 2007)
  • Jun 30 Lea Massari, Italian actress (Anna-L'avventura), born in Rome, Lazio, Italy
  • Jul 1 Sam Rutigliano, American NFL coach and broadcaster (Cleveland Browns), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 4 Rufus "Freight Train" Jones [Carey Lloyd], American professional wrestler, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • Jul 5 Terence Cooper, British actor (Casino Royale), born in Carnmoney, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (d. 1997)
  • Jul 7 David McCullough, actor (Huey Long)
  • Jul 7 Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)
  • Jul 13 Patsy Byrne, English actress (Stealing Heaven, Blackadder II), born in Ashford, (d. 2014)
  • Jul 17 Bruce Wells, English boxer (European amateur light middleweight champion 1953) & actor (Dr. Who 1965-73), born in Harlesden, Middlesex (d.2009)
  • Jul 20 Aliki Vouyouklaki, actress (Madalena)
  • Jul 23 Bert Convy, American actor and game show host (Tattletales), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Jul 24 John Aniston, American actor (Search for Tomorrow, Day of our Lives), born in Crete, Greece
  • Jul 26 Lance Percival, English actor and comedian (That Was The Week That Was), born in Sevenoaks, Kent, England (d. 2015)
  • Jul 29 Robert Fuller, actor (Laramie, Wagon Train), born in Troy, New York
  • Jul 29 Lou Albano, American pro wrestling manager
  • Jul 30 Ben Piazza, American actor (Santa Barbara; The Blues Brothers; Dallas), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1991)
  • Aug 1 Dom DeLuise, American comedian (End, Cannonball Run, Fatso), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 1 Jesse Corti, Venezuelan-American voice actor and comedian, born in Venezuela
  • Aug 5 Joan Weldon, American actress (So This is Love, Them), born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 9 Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese television personality and children's author, born in Nogisaka, Tokyo
  • Aug 13 Madhur Jaffrey, Indian cookbook writer and actress (Shakespeare Wallah), born in Delhi, British India
  • Aug 15 Lori Nelson, American actress (Greta-How to Marry a Millionaire), Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Aug 16 Julie Newmar, actress (Catwoman-Batman, Living Doll), born in Hollywood, California
  • Aug 17 Glenn Corbett [Glen Edwin Rothenburg], American actor (Route 66, Shenandoah), born in El Monte, California (d. 1993)

Person of interestRoman Polanski

Aug 18 Roman Polanski, Polish-French film director (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates), born in Paris, France

Film Director Roman Polanski
Film Director
Roman Polanski
  • Aug 19 Debra Paget [Debralee Griffin], American actress (Love Me Tender), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Aug 21 Barry Norman, British film critic (Film Greats), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Aug 22 Sylva Koscina, Italian actress (Jessica, Hercules), born in Split, Dalmatia, Yugoslavia (d. 1994)
  • Aug 25 Tom Skerritt, actor (Ryan's Four, Alien, Big Bad Mama), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Aug 29 Ramses Shaffy, Dutch singer and cabaret actor (Zaak MP, Liefdesbekentenissen), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 2009)
  • Sep 4 Richard Castellano, American actor (The Godfather, Lovers & Other Stranger), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1988)
  • Sep 12 Tatiana Doronina, Russian actress, born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Sep 13 Eileen Fulton, American actress (Our Private World), born in Asheville, North Carolina

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Charlie Chaplin (44) weds Paulette Goddard (22)

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 24 Actor John Wayne (26) weds Josephine Saenz (25) in Los Angeles

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 12 Fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time Fred Astaire (34) weds socialite Phyllis Livingston Potter (25)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire

LoveWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Actress Hedy Lamarr (19) weds Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik chairman Friedrich Mandl (33)

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 26 Director Victor Fleming (44) weds Lucile Rosson

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 28 Actress Greer Garson (29) weds first husband Edward Snelson (29)

Actress Greer Garson
Actress
Greer Garson

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 15 Actor Gary Cooper (32) weds actress Veronica Balfe (20) in Park Avenue, New York City


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor (The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come), dies at 37
  • Feb 24 Spottiswoode Aitken, Scottish actor (The Birth of a Nation, The Avenging Conscience), dies at 65
  • Mar 17 Ferdinand Von Alten, German-Russian actor (Champagne), dies at 48
  • Apr 28 Robin Irvine, British actor (Easy Virtue, When Boys Leave Home), dies of pleurisy at 31
  • May 15 Ernest Torrence, Scottish actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies from complications following surgery for gall stones at 54
  • Jun 29 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, American actor (The Bell Boy, Moonshine, Keystone comedies), dies from a heart attack at 46
  • Aug 3 Arthur Collins, singer/comedian (Peerless Quartet), dies at 69
  • Aug 28 Helen Dunbar, American actress (b. 1863)
  • Oct 5 Renee Adoree, actress (Big Parade), dies at 35
  • Oct 25 Lillian Hall-Davies actress (Farmer's Wife, Ring), dies at 36
  • Nov 5 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)
  • Nov 12 James T. Kelley, Irish actor (The Rink, The Immigrant), dies at 79