Events in Film & Television in 1944

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

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

Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby

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

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

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Mar 2 16th Academy Awards: "Casablanca", Jennifer Jones & Paul Lukas win

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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 (Best Picture 1945)

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May 4 "Gaslight", starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released

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

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • Aug 13 Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio
  • Sep 28 1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise)
  • Oct 8 "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" debut on CBS radio

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

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney