On This Day

January 1940 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


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Jan 19 The Three Stooges film "You Nazty Spy!" about the Nazis released with the disclaimer "Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle."

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard
  • Jan 22 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS

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Jan 24 "The Grapes of Wrath", directed by John Ford and based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, starring Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, is released

Actor Henry Fonda
Actor
Henry Fonda
Film director John Ford
Film director
John Ford
Author John Steinbeck
Author
John Steinbeck

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • Jan 4 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • Jan 5 Michael O'Donoghue, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged), born in Sauquoit, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Boyd, American singer & actor (Howard-Bachelor Father), born in Jayess, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • Jan 19 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20 Krishnam Raju, Indian actor & politician, born in Mogalthur, India
  • Jan 22 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), born in Chesterfield (d. 2017)
  • Jan 26 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • Jan 27 James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 29 Katharine Ross, American actress (Graduate, Francesca-Colbys), born in Hollywood, California
  • Jan 31 Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)

Weddings in Film & TV


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Jan 26 Actor Ronald Raegan (28) weds Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman (23) at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Glendale, California

Actress Jane Wyman
Actress
Jane Wyman