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

Film Premiere

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

  • Feb 15 WSYR (now WSTM) TV channel 3 in Syracuse, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 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

Television Premiere

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

  • 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

TV Show Appearance

Apr 9 Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

Music Premiere

Apr 24 Leonard Bernstein's musical "Peter Pan", starring Jean Arthur and Boris Karloff, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 320 performances

  • 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-TV (later CBS), after being broadcast on radio from 1935
  • Jul 20 "Arthur Murray Party" premieres on ABC TV (later DuMont, CBS, NBC)

Film Premiere

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" ("Justice is Done") directed by Andre Cayatte wins the Golden Lion

Film Release

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

  • 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 Radio's "Grand Ole Opry" is broadcast on TV for 1st time
  • Sep 30 WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 3 Ethel Waters becomes 1st Black lead actress on TV sit-com (Beulah)
  • Oct 11 The U.S. Federal Communications Commission issues the first license to broadcast television in color, to CBS
  • Oct 12 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show debuts on CBS television, airs until 1958

Film Premiere

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

Radio Premiere

Dec 3 Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast

Film & TV History

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

Film & TV History

Dec 16 Child star Shirley Temple announces her retirement from films aged 22

Film Premiere

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