Events in Film & Television in 1952

  • Jan 3 "Dragnet" with Jack Webb premieres on NBC TV

Film Premiere

Jan 10 "The Greatest Show on Earth", directed and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, starring James Stewart and Charlton Heston, premieres in New York (Best Picture 1953)

  • Jan 14 "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV

Sports History

Feb 4 1st African American executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)

  • Feb 8 "RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day" debuts on NBC TV
  • Feb 18 4th Emmy Awards: first time awards presented based on nationwide basis, "The Red Skelton Show", Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca win

Film Release

Feb 20 "African Queen" film directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is released in the US

Film Premiere

Mar 27 "Singin' in the Rain", musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC

  • Apr 30 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
  • May 2 John Cage's "Water Music" (for a solo pianist, using a piano, a radio, whistles, water containers, and a deck of cards) premieres in New York City
  • May 5 "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" (also known as "Vitameatavegamin") episode of "I Love Lucy" premieres, garnering 68% of US television viewers
  • May 8 5th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "La Ronde" Best Film

Cannes Film Festival

May 10 5th Cannes Film Festival: "The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice" directed by Orson Welles and "Two Cents Worth of Hope" directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 5 1st sporting event televised nationally - Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jun 12 2nd Berlin International Film Festival: "One Summer of Happiness" wins Golden Bear (audience vote)
  • Jun 19 "I've Got A Secret" debuts on CBS-TV with Garry Moore as host
  • Jun 30 "Guiding Light" soap opera moves from radio to TV
  • Jul 1 English architect Michael Ventris says he has solved one of the 20th century's greatest linguistic riddles, by deciphering Linear B in BBC interview. Is an ancient form of Greek on clay tablets from Minoan palace of Knossos. [1]
  • Jul 18 KWGN TV channel 2 in Denver, Colorado (IND) begins broadcasting

Film Release

Jul 21 "The Quiet Man" film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara is released in the UK

Film Release

Jul 24 "High Noon", American Western film directed by Fred Zinnemann, starring Gary Cooper and Thomas Mitchell, is released

Venice Film Festival

Aug 20 13th Venice Film Festival: "Genghis Khan" directed by Manuel Conde wins the Golden Lion

  • Aug 29 New York premiere of history-based film "The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima"

Music History

Sep 12 Noël Coward's "Quadrille," premieres in London

Television Premiere

Sep 19 "Adventures of Superman" TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US

Film & TV History

Sep 19 The United States bars Charlie Chaplin from re-entering the country after a trip to England

  • Sep 20 KPTV TV channel 12 in Portland, OR (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 29 "Lights Out" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Oct 1 1st ultra high frequency (UHF) television station, Portland Or
  • Oct 3 1st video recording on magnetic tape in Los Angeles, California

Film & TV History

Oct 7 First "Bandstand" broadcast in Philadelphia on WFIL-TV (Dick Clark joins in 1955 as a substitute-host)

  • Oct 12 KBTV (now KUSA) TV channel 9 in Denver, CO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 Charlie Chaplin's "Limelight", starring himself and Claire Bloom, with an appearance by Buster Keaton, premieres in New York City; Not released in Los Angeles until 1972, winning Chaplin his only competitive Academy Award for original score
  • Nov 13 KLBK TV channel 13 in Lubbock, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 27 KTBC TV channel 7 in Austin, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 30 Jackie Robinson accuses the NY Yankees of racial bias on national television
  • Dec 2 First human birth televised to public on KOA-TV Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 3 1st TV broadcast in Hawaii
  • Dec 7 KKTV TV channel 11 in Colorado Spgs-Pueblo, CO (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 10 WSLS TV channel 10 in Roanoke, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 14 KROD (now KDBC) TV channel 4 in El Paso, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 15 KHON TV channel 2 in Honolulu, HI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 20 KHQ TV channel 6 in Spokane, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 21 WSBT TV channel 22 in South Bend, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 WSBA (now WPMT) TV channel 43 in York, PA (IND) begins broadcasting