Events in Film & Television in 1950

  • Jan 27 2nd Emmy Awards: Ed Wynn Show & Texaco Star Theater win
  • Jan 30 "Robert Montgomery Presents" dramatic anthology premieres on NBC TV
  • Feb 2 1st broadcast of "What's My Line" on CBS-TV
  • Feb 15 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Feb 15 Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 16 Longest-running prime-time game show, "What's My Line" begins on CBS
  • Feb 21 WOI TV channel 5 in Ames-Des Moines, IA (ABC/PBS) begins broadcasting

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Feb 23 7th Golden Globes: "All the King's Men", Broderick Crawford, & Olivia de Havilland win

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Feb 25 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon & Woody Allen

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

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Mar 23 22nd Academy Awards: "All The King's Men", Broderick Crawford and Olivia de Havilland win

  • Mar 27 WHAS TV channel 11 in Louisville, Kentucky (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 2 WTAR (now WTKR) TV channel 3 in Norfolk, VA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 1 WJIM (now WLNS) TV channel 6 in Lansing, MI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 29 3rd British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Bicycle Thieves" Best Film
  • Jun 1 WKZO (now WWMT) TV channel 3 in Kalamazoo, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 1 WHBF TV channel 4 in Rock Island, IL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jul 10 "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV
  • Jul 20 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)

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Aug 10 "Sunset Boulevard", American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden and Gloria Swanson, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • Aug 19 ABC begins Saturday morning kid shows (Animal Clinic & Acrobat Ranch)
  • Aug 20 11th Venice Film Festival: "Justice est faite" directed by Andre Cayatte wins the Golden Lion

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Aug 25 "Rashomon", Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, starring Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyō, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1952)

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Aug 27 1st transmission of a TV programme from continental Europe shown on BBC
  • Sep 11 Dick Tracy TV show sparks uproar concerning violence
  • Sep 29 "Tin Pan Alley TV" last airs on ABC-TV
  • Sep 30 WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 11 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS

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Oct 13 "All About Eve" directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter premieres (Academy Awards Best Picture 1951)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

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Dec 13 James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial

Actor James Dean
Actor
James Dean

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Dec 20 "Harvey" starring James Stewart premieres in New York