On This Day

Events in Film & Television in 1944

  • Jan 1 1st feature-length foreign movie "African Journey", shown on TV, NYC

Film Premiere

Feb 5 "Captain American" serial film premieres starring Dick Purcell, first appearance of a Marvel superhero outside a comic

Music History

Feb 7 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records (Academy Award Best Original Song)

  • Feb 20 Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
  • Feb 21 "War As It Happens" news show premieres on NBC TV (NYC only)

Film & TV History

Mar 22 American movie star Jimmy Stewart flies his 12th combat mission, leading the 2nd Bomb Wing in an attack on Berlin

  • May 2 WABD (WNEW, now WNYW) TV channel 5 in NYC (DUM/MET/FOX) 1st broadcast
  • May 3 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Academy Award for Best Picture, 1945)

Film Release

May 4 MGM releases film adaptation of "Gaslight", starring Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, and an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut

Film Release

Jul 3 "Double Indemnity" film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck is released in Baltimore, Maryland

  • Aug 13 Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio
  • Oct 8 "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debut on CBS radio

Film Release

Oct 11 "Laura" directed by Otto Preminger starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews is released in NYC, New York

Film Premiere

Nov 22 Film musical "Meet Me In St Louis", starring Judy Garland, and directed by Vincente Minnelli, premieres at Loew’s State Theater on Washington Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri