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1953 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 The first TV detector van, used to track down users of unlicensed television sets, begins operation in the UK
  • Mar 26 "Ugetsu", Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, starring Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō and Kinuyo Tanaka, is released
  • Apr 3 American magazine "TV Guide" publishes 1st issue; cover features photo of Lucille Ball's new born baby boy, Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV (later professionally known as Desi Arnaz, Jr.)
  • Apr 10 "House of Wax" 1st color 3-D movie, premieres in New York
  • Nov 3 "Tokyo Story", Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu, starring Chishū Ryū, Chieko Higashiyama and Setsuko Hara, is released
  • Dec 1 Hugh Hefner publishes 1st edition of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe as the magazine's 1st centerfold
  • Dec 30 The first ever NTSC color television sets go on sale for about USD at $1,175 each from RCA.
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Film & TV Awards in 1953

  • Feb 5 5th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Thomas Mitchell and Helen Hayes win
  • Feb 26 10th Golden Globes: "The Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper, & Shirley Booth win
  • Mar 5 6th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The Sound Barrier" Best Film
  • Mar 19 25th Academy Awards: "Greatest Show on Earth", Gary Cooper & Shirley Booth win (1st time televised)
  • Apr 29 6th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Jun 18 3rd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Aug 20 14th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded

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Divorces in Film & TV

  • Jul 7 Actor José Ferrer divorces dancer and actress Phyllis Hill after 5 years of marriage

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