May 1957 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

Radio Premiere

May 1 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast, on station WAHR (1490-AM) in Miami Beach, Florida

Film Release

May 2 Hammer Film Productions releases its 1st color horror title - "The Curse of Frankenstein" starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

  • May 6 Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV

Copacabana Incident

May 16 NY Yankee players including Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Hank Bauer are involved in a brawl at the Copacabana nightclub while watching Sammy Davis Jr. perform, leads to Billy Martin trade

Cannes Film Festival

May 17 10th Cannes Film Festival: "Friendly Persuasion" directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d'Or

  • May 22 KBTX TV channel 3 in Bryan, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 28 WPSD TV channel 6 in Paducah, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • May 1 Kow Otani, Japanese composer for anime, film and video games (Gamera), born in Toyko, Japan
  • May 5 Lisa Eilbacher, Saudi-American actress (Beverly Hills Cop), born in Dharan, Saudi Arabia
  • May 5 Peter Howitt, British actor and film director (Laws of Attraction), born in Manchester, Lancashire, England
  • May 5 Richard E. Grant, Swazi-English actor (Posse; Bram Stoker's Dracula), born in Mbabane, British Swaziland
  • May 7 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2004)
  • May 7 Shauna McDonald Brown, British TV producer, born in Walton-on-Thames, England (d. 1994)
  • May 8 Eddie Butler, Welsh rugby union #8 (16 caps; Cambridge University RFC, Pontypool RFC), journalist (The Observer Sport, The Guardian) and broadcaster (BBC), born in Newport, Wales (d. 2022)
  • May 8 Jeff Wincott, Canadian actor (Night Heat), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 9 Tessa Peake-Jones, British television and film actress (Only Fools and Horses - "Raquel"), born in Hammersmith, London, England
  • May 13 Alan Ball, American screenwriter, director, and producer
  • May 14 Big Van Vader [Leon White], American professional wrestler (WWF, AJPW), born in Lynwood, California (d. 2018)
  • May 15 Kevin Von Erich, American professional wrestler
  • May 21 Judge Reinhold, American actor (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • May 21 RenĂ©e Soutendijk, Dutch actress (The Fourth Man), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • May 22 Gary Sweet, Australian actor (Alexandra's Project - Steve), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • May 23 Mark Arnold, American actor
  • May 25 Hillary B. Smith, American actress (Nora-One Life to Live), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Deaths in Film & TV

  • May 1 Grant Mitchell, American actor (Great Lie, Laura, Cairo, Conflict), dies at 82
  • May 12 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian-American film director and actor (Greed; La Grande Illusion; Sunset Boulevard), dies of prostate cancer at 71
  • May 29 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), commits suicide by drowning at 67