October 1939 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 11 Gertrude Lawrence's "Skylark" premieres in NYC

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 17 "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", directed by Frank Capra and starring Jimmy Stewart and Jean Arthur, is released

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
Actor Jimmy Stewart
Actor
Jimmy Stewart

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Oct 1 Geoffrey Whitehead, English actor
  • Oct 5 Marie LaforĂȘt, French singer and actress
  • Oct 7 Clive James, Australian television presenter and writer
  • Oct 8 Paul Hogan, Australia, actor (Crocodile Dundee, Lightning Jack)
  • Oct 13 Melinda Dillon, Hope Ark, actress (Close Encounters, Slap Shot)
  • Oct 22 Tony Roberts, actor (Annie Hall, Edge of Night, Lucie Arnaz Show), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 24 F. Murray Abraham, American actor (All the President's Men and Amadeus), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Oct 25 Robin Spry, Canadian filmmaker and producer (d. 2005)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 27 John Cleese, English actor and comedian (Monty Python), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Oct 28 Jane Alexander, [Quigley], actress (Betsy, Kramer vs Kramer), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 31 Ron Rifkin, American actor (Arvin Sloane-Alias, L.A. Confidential), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 31 Tom O'Connor, English comedian, born in Bootle, Merseyside, England

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 11 Actor Jackie Coogan (24) divorces actress Betty Grable (22) after 2 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Oct 28 Alice Brady, American actress (My Man Godfrey, Gay Divorcee), dies at 46