September 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV


Film release premierFilm Release

Sep 1 "Rear Window", directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, is released

  • Sep 2 WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting

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Sep 6 "La Strada" directed by Federico Fellini premieres at the Venice Film Festival starring Anthony Quinn

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Sep 7 "Journey to Italy", directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, is released
  • Sep 10 WLUK TV channel 11 in Green Bay, WI (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 KXJB TV channel 4 in Valley City (Fargo) (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 11 1st Miss America TV broadcast; 19 year old Lee Meriwether of California crowned 27th Miss America
  • Sep 12 WLBZ TV channel 2 in Bangor, ME (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 WPBN TV channel 7 in Traverse City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 CKLW TV channel 9 in Windsor, ON (CBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 18 KTUL TV channel 8 in Tulsa, OK (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 18 WLOS TV channel 13 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 20 KETC TV channel 9 in Saint Louis, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 24 Tonight Show premieres on NBC (Johnny takes over 8 years later)
  • Sep 25 WCBD TV channel 2 in Charleston, South Carolina (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 KODE TV channel 12 in Joplin, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 KUTV TV channel 2 in Salt Lake City, UT (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 WANE TV channel 15 in Fort Wayne, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 26 WCAX TV channel 3 in Burlington, VT (CBS) begins broadcasting

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Sep 27 Steve Allen's "Tonight Show" premieres

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

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 29 "Barefoot Contessa" starring Ava Gardner premieres at the Capitol

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
  • Sep 29 "Masquerade Party" TV game Show; moves to ABC

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Sep 29 "Star is Born" starring Judy Garland & James Mason premieres

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Sep 29 KALB TV channel 5 in Alexandria, LA (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 4 José Castro, Swedish actor.
  • Sep 7 Corbin Bernsen, North actor (Arnie Becker-LA Law), born in Hollywood, California
  • Sep 7 Michael Emerson, American actor
  • Sep 8 Clayton Norcross, actor (Bold & Beautiful, Colbys, Santa Barbara)
  • Sep 9 Jeffrey Combs, American actor
  • Sep 11 Reed Birney, Alexandria Va, actor (Greatest Man in the World)
  • Sep 12 Adrian Adonis, American professional wrestler (d. 1988)
  • Sep 22 Shari Belafonte Harper, American actress (Julie-Hotel), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 23 Charlie Barnett, American actor (d. 1996)
  • Sep 29 Cindy Morgan, [Cichorski], actress (Tron), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 30 Barry Williams, actor (Greg-Brady Bunch), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Sep 30 Calvin Levels, actor (Knightwatch), born in Cleveland, Ohio

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Comedians Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara marry

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Comedian
Jerry Stiller

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 17 Film and theater actress Shirley MacLaine (20) weds Steve Parker in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 25 "Roman Holiday" actress Audrey Hepburn (25) weds actor Mel Ferrer (37) in Burgenstock


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Sep 3 Eugene Pallette, American actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Mark of Zorro), dies at 65
  • Sep 28 Bert Lytell, American actor (One Man's Family), dies at 69