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December 1949 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 1 WBNG TV channel 12 in Binghamton, NY (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 1 WKTV TV channel 2 in Utica, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 3 KRLD (now KDFW) TV channel 4 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (CBS) begins

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 8 "On the Town", the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Ann Miller and Vera-Ellen, is released

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • Dec 11 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 19 WJW TV channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 21 "Samson and Delilah", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, premieres in New York

Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr
Actress and Inventor
Hedy Lamarr
Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Dec 28 20th Century Fox announces it will produce TV programs
  • Dec 29 1st UHF television station operating regular basis Bridgeport, Connecticut

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Dec 2 Ron Raines, American actor (Alan Spaulding-Guiding Light), born in Texas City, Texas
  • Dec 3 Heather Menzies-Urich, Canadian actress (The Sound of Music, Piranha), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2017)

Person of interestJeff Bridges

Dec 4 Jeff Bridges, American actor (Stay Hungry, Against All Odds), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Dec 4 Pamela Stephenson, New Zealand-born Australian actress (Superman 3, Sat Night Live), born in Takapuna, Auckland
  • Dec 5 Lewis Arlt, American actor (Littlest Victims, Ken-Another World), born in Kingston, New York
  • Dec 12 Bill Nighy, English actor (The Men's Room, Gideon's Daughter), born in Caterham, Surrey, England
  • Dec 13 Paula Wilcox, English actress (Man About the House), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • Dec 13 Robert Lindsey, English actor (My Family, Citizen Smith), born in Ilkeston, England
  • Dec 15 Don Johnson, American actor (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges), born in Flatt Creek, Missouri
  • Dec 18 Joni Flynn, Indian actress (Octopussy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail), born in Assam, India
  • Dec 19 Nancy Kyes, American actress
  • Dec 20 Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton], American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov 1969, Playmate of the year 1970), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1979)
  • Dec 24 Ray Colcord III, American film & television composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)

Person of interestSissy Spacek

Dec 25 Sissy Spacek, American Actress (Carrie, Badlands, Coal Miner's Daughter), born in Quitman, Texas

Actress Sissy Spacek
Actress
Sissy Spacek

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 20 "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (48) weds socialite Sylvia Ashley (45)

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 25 British actor Cary Grant (45) weds actress Betsy Drake (26)

Actor Cary Grant
Actor
Cary Grant

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 3 Maria Ouspenskaya, actress (Spookies), dies at 62
  • Dec 16 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), dies at 76