Events in Film & Television in 1945

  • Jan 5 Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon "Odor-able Kitty"
  • Feb 3 Walt Disney's "3 Caballeros" released

Film & TV History

Mar 29 Movie star Jimmy Stewart is promoted to full colonel, one of the few Americans to rise from private to colonel in four years

  • Apr 29 Conscientious objector Desmond Doss saves approximately 75 wounded soldiers in the Battle of Okinawa at Hacksaw Ridge. Later depicted in the Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge".

Radio Premiere

Apr 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" begins a 27 year run on CBS radio

  • Jun 9 Warner Bros cartoon "A Gruesome Twosome" starring Tweety premieres in USA

Film & TV History

Jun 18 William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw), fascist politician and Nazi propaganda broadcaster, charged with treason in England

Film Release

Jul 6 Abbott and Costello's film "The Naughty Nineties" released; features longest version of their "Who's on First?" routine

Music History

Aug 22 Noël Coward's revue "Sigh no More" premieres in London

Film Release

Sep 28 "Mildred Pierce" starring Joan Crawford opens at Strand Theater, NYC; wins Academy Award for Best Actress

  • Oct 5 Hollywood Black Friday: A six month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers' studios.

Film Release

Nov 26 "Brief Encounter", based on Noël Coward's one-act play "Still Life", directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard is released

Film Premiere

Nov 29 "The Lost Weekend", based on Charles R. Jackson's novel, directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1946)