On This Day

February 1944 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 5 "Captain American" serial film premieres starring Dick Purcell, first appearance of a Marvel superhero outside a comic

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records (Academy Award Best Originial Song)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Feb 20 Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
  • Feb 21 "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only)

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Feb 1 Leo Burmester, American actor (Flo, Chiefs, Abbys, Odd Jobs), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 2 Katherine Crawford, actress (Gemini Man, Captains & Kings), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 2 Karen Foss, American broadcaster
  • Feb 2 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, (d. 2012)
  • Feb 3 Trisha Noble, Australian singer and actress
  • Feb 6 Michael Tucker, American actor (Stuart Markowitz-LA Law), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 13 Stockard Channing, American actress (Grease, Big Bus, Without a Trace), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor, born in Wadakkancherry, India (d. 2006)
  • Feb 14 Alan Parker, English actor (Bugsy Malone, Evita)
  • Feb 21 Kitty Winn, actress (Beacon Hill), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 22 E. J. Peaker, American actress (That's Life), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Feb 22 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), born in Baldwin, New York (d. 2017)
  • Feb 24 Barry Bostwick, American actor (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Megaforce), born in San Mateo, California,
  • Feb 24 Sheila Larkin, American actress (Deborah-Storefront Lawyer), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 25 Karen Grassle, American actress (Caroline-Little House on Prairie), born in Berkeley, California
  • Feb 25 Kristina Holland, American actress (Tina-Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Feb 26 Marilyn Michaels, American comedian (ABC Comedy Hour), born in New York City
  • Feb 27 Alan Fudge, American actor (Man From Atlantis, Paper Dolls), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Feb 28 Colin Nutley, director/writer (Such is Life, Black Jack)
  • Feb 28 Kelly Bishop, CO, actress (Unmarried Woman, Advice to Lovelorn)
  • Feb 29 Phyllis Frelich, Devil's Lake ND, actor (Love is Never Silent)
  • Feb 29 Dennis Farina, actor (Get Shorty, Law & Order, Crime Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Feb 4 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress, dies at 79