July 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jul 1 WDBO (now WCPX) TV channel 6 in Orlando, FL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 4 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • Jul 5 The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin.
  • Jul 6 KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 8 KMOX (now KMOV) TV channel 4 in Saint Louis, MO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 15 KOCO TV channel 5 in Oklahoma City, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 15 WBOC TV channel 16 in Salisbury, MD (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 22 WTHI TV channel 10 in Terre Haute, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 26 WCET TV channel 48 in Cincinnati, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 28 "On the Waterfront", directed by Elia Kazan starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1955)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 29 Publication of "Fellowship of the Ring" 1st volume of "Lord of the Rings" by J. R. R. Tolkien published by George Allen and Unwin in London

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Jul 2 Wendy Schaal, actress (It's a Living, Julie-Fantasy Is), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 6 Allyce Beasley, actress (Agnes Dipesto-Moonlighting), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 6 James Kiberd, actor (Trevor Dillon-Loving, All My Children)
  • Jul 11 Butch Reed, American professional wrestler
  • Jul 20 Moira Harris, American actress
  • Jul 22 Henriette Allais playmate (Mar, 1980), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 22 Pierre Lebeau, Canadian actor
  • Jul 25 Lynn Frederick, actress (Schizophrenia), born in Middlesex, England
  • Jul 28 Bruce Abbott, American actor
  • Jul 30 Ken Olin, actor (Hill St Blues, Michael-30 Something), born in Chicago, Illinois

Weddings in Film & TV

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 17 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)

Comedian Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 31 "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jul 6 Dirk Verbeek, actor and director (Hofstad Stage), dies at 70
  • Jul 14 Jackie Saunders, American silent screen actress (b. 1892)