Events in Film & Television in 1951

  • Jan 23 3rd Emmy Awards: Alan Young Show, Alan Young and Gertrude Berg win
  • Jan 28 "La Vie Commence Demain", which depicted artificial insemination & is the 1st X-rated movie, opened in London
  • Feb 3 "Victor Borge Show" debuts on NBC TV
  • Feb 22 4th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "All About Eve" Best Film

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 28 8th Golden Globes: "Sunset Boulevard", Jose Ferrer, & Gloria Swanson win

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 27 Frank Sinatra records "I'm a Fool to Want You"

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 29 23rd Academy Awards: "All About Eve", Judy Holliday and José Ferrer win

  • Apr 20 4th Cannes Film Festival: "Miss Julie" directed by Alf Sjoberg and "Miracle in Milan" directed by Vittorio De Sica jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 14 Ernie Kovacs Show, TV Variety debut on NBC
  • May 28 The Jerry Colonna Show debuts on ABC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 28 Radio programme "Crazy People" (later titled The Goon Show) premieres on the BBC, created by Spike Milligan

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • Jun 9 "Doodles Weaver Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Jun 22 Gene Rayburn & Dee Finch show premieres on NBC radio
  • Jun 25 1st color TV broadcast-CBS' Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities
  • Jun 28 "Amos 'n' Andy" premieres on CBS TV
  • Jun 30 "Victor Borge Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jul 2 "Bob & Ray show" premieres on NBC radio
  • Jul 14 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race)

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Jul 28 Walt Disney's animated musical film "Alice In Wonderland" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Aug 11 1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)

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Aug 14 "A Place in the Sun", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters, is released (Academy Awards Best Director 1952)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Aug 20 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion

Film Director and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and Screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • Aug 26 "An American in Paris" with music by George Gershwin, directed by Vincente Minnell and starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron premieres in London (Academy Awards Best Picture 1952)
  • Sep 3 TV soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" debuts on CBS
  • Sep 4 NBC extends to become a 61 station coast-to-coast network
  • Sep 9 1st broadcast of "Love of Life" on CBS-TV

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Sep 18 "A Streetcar Named Desire", directed by Elia Kazan and based on Tennessee Williams' 1947 play of the same name, starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, is released

  • Sep 19 1st broadcast of "Search for Tomorrow" on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 1st color telecast of football game on network, Philadelphia (CBS)

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Oct 15 "I Love Lucy", starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, debuts on CBS

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
  • Nov 18 Former Cubs 1st baseman & future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft
  • Dec 16 NBC premiere of "Dragnet" in black and white

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Dec 26 "The African Queen", directed by John Huston and based on the 1935 novel of the same name, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is released in LA, California (Academy Awards Best Actor 1952)