December 1933 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

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

Contract of Interest

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

Film Release

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


Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoon artist (d. 1996)
  • Dec 3 Rosalind Knight, British stage and screen actress (Friday Night Dinner - "Horrible Grandma"), born in Marleybone (now Westminster), England (d. 2020)
  • Dec 4 Horst Buchholz, German actor (Magnificent 7; Raid on Entebbe), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2003)
  • Dec 8 Flip Wilson, American actor and comedian (Flip Wilson Show), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1998)
  • Dec 10 Mako, Japanese-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), born in Kobe, Hyōgo, Empire of Japan (d. 2006)
  • Dec 15 (Thomas) "Tim" Conway, American Emmy Award-winning comic actor and screenwriter (McHale's Navy; The Carol Burnett Show, 1975-78; The Apple Dumpling Gang),, born in Willoughby, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • Dec 26 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 26 Ugly Dave Gray, Australian television personality
  • Dec 27 Dave Marr, American golfer (PGA Championship 1965), and broadcaster, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Dec 28 Jack Perkins, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday, NBC Magazine), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dec 31 Edward Bunker, American author & actor, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2005)

Weddings in Film & TV

Gary Cooper

Dec 15 American actor Gary Cooper (32) weds American actress Veronica Balfe (20) at her mother's home on Park Avenue, New York City