On This Day

September 1954 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Sep 1 Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant opens infamous 10-day football mini camp in Junction, Texas; ordeal achieves legendary status becoming subject of 2001 book 'The Junction Boys' & television movie of the same name

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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 and Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film Director and Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

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Sep 7 "Journey to Italy", directed by Roberto Rossellini, starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders, is released

Actress Ingrid Bergman
Actress
Ingrid Bergman
Film Director Roberto Rossellini
Film Director
Roberto Rossellini
  • 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 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 "The Tonight Show" 1st premieres on NBC hosted by Steve Allen

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

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Sep 29 "Barefoot Contessa" film directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Ava Gardner and Humphrey Bogart premieres at the Capitol

  • Sep 29 "Masquerade Party" TV game show moves from CBS to ABC for two seasons

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Sep 29 The first remake of "A Star Is Born", starring Judy Garland & James Mason premieres at the Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Sep 30 Sandy Wilson's musical "The Boy Friend", cast includes Julie Andrews, making her Broadway debut, opens at the Royale Theatre, NYC; runs for 485 performances

Actress and Singer Julie Andrews
Actress and Singer
Julie Andrews

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • Sep 7 Corbin Bernsen, American actor (Arnie Becker-LA Law), born in North Hollywood, California
  • Sep 7 Michael Emerson, American actor (Person of Interest), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Sep 8 Clayton Norcross, American actor (Bold & Beautiful, Colbys, Santa Barbara), born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 9 Jeffrey Combs, American actor, born in Oxnard, California
  • Sep 11 Reed Birney, American actor (Greatest Man in the World), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sep 15 Adrian Adonis [Keith A. Franke Jr.], American professional wrestler, born in NYC, New York (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], American 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

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara marry

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Comedian
Jerry Stiller

LoveWedding of Interest

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

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 25 "Roman Holiday" actress Audrey Hepburn (25) weds actor Mel Ferrer (37) in Burgenstock, Switzerland; divorce in 1968


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