September 1949 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Sep 1 KMTV TV channel 3 in Omaha, NB (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 2 "The Third Man", directed by Carol Reed, starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles, is released in the United Kingdom (Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1950)

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • Sep 15 "Lone Ranger" premieres on ABC-TV. Hi-yo, Silver! Away!
  • Sep 15 WJAC TV channel 6 in Johnstown, PA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WJXT TV channel 4 in Jacksonville, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 KABC TV channel 7 in Los Angeles, CA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 WFAA TV channel 8 in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 3rd Cannes Film Festival: "The Third Man" directed by Carol Reed wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Sep 19 "Late Spring", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Setsuko Hara and Haruko Sugimura, is released in Japan
  • Sep 22 WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (CBS) 1st broadcast

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 "My Friend Irma" is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 29 "Front Page" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Inside USA With Chevrolet" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 Elia Kazan's "Pinky" starring Ethel Waters opens at Rivoli

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 10 Don Muraco, professional wrestler
  • Sep 10 Bill O'Reilly, American TV host and commentator (The O'Reilly Factor), born in New York City
  • Sep 16 Ed Begley Jr, American actor (Eating Raoul, St Elsewhere, Parenthood), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 16 Susan Ruttan, actress (Roxanne Melman-LA Law), born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • Sep 18 Billy Drago, American actor known for his roles as a villain (Pale Rider, The Untouchables), born in Hugoton, Kansas
  • Sep 19 Twiggy Lawson, [Leslie Hornby], England, model/actress (Boyfriend, W)
  • Sep 20 Anthony Denison, American actor
  • Sep 25 Anson Williams, actor (Potsie-Happy Days), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 25 Mimi Kennedy, actress (Spencer, 3 girls 3, Under 1 Roof), born in Rochester, New York
  • Sep 25 Pedro Almodovar, Spanish filmmaker (Women the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Matador), born in Calzada de Calatrava, Spain
  • Sep 26 Leonide F M "Leonie" Triesschijn, Dutch actress/mime
  • Sep 27 Robb Weller, TV host (Entertainment Tonight, Home Show)
  • Sep 29 Tony Hoty, actor (Ransom, Paper), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Sep 15 Figure skater and actress Sonja Henie (36) weds Winthrop Gardner Jr

Divorces in Film & TV

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 7 Actress Janet Leigh (22) divorces Stanley Reames after 4 years of marriage

Actress Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 18 Frank Morgan, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 59
  • Sep 19 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), dies at 65
  • Sep 20 Richard Dix, American actor (10 Commandments, Cimarron, The Ghost Ship), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Sep 22 Sam Wood, American communist fighter and director (For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 66