On This Day in Film & TV for November 17

Events in Film & TV

  • 1930 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC
  • 1933 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US
  • 1939 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's musical "Very Warm for May", featuring June Allyson, Eve Arden, and Vera-Ellen, and directed by Vincente Minnelli opens at the Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs for 59 performances, inspiring 9-year old audience member Stephen Sondheim's love for musical theater
  • 1947 The U.S. Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath.
  • 1957 WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, West Virginia (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958 KAII TV channel 7 in Wailuku, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh's musical "Little Me" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 257 performances
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Weddings in Film & TV

  • 1913 Film comedian Oliver Hardy (21) marries pianist Madelyn Saloshin in Macon, Georgia; divorce in 1921
  • 2008 Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
  • 2012 Award-winning Chinese actress Chen Yao (33) weds cinematographer Yu Cao in Queenstown, New Zealand

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Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1957 Cora Witherspoon, American actress (Quality Street; The Bank Dick), dies at 67
  • 1970 Naunton Wayne, Welsh actor (Quartet, Hidden Room, Double Confession), dies at 69
  • 1971 Gladys Cooper, actress (Margaret-The Rogues), dies at 83
  • 1974 Clive Brook, British actor and director (List of Adrian Messenger, On Approval), dies at 87
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