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Events in Film & Television in 1957

  • Jan 4 "Blondie" situation comedy premieres on NBC TV (later on CBS)

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jan 6 Elvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in Detroit Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

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Jan 13 "All that Fall", first radio play by Samuel Beckett, aired on BBC Third Programme

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Jan 21 KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 28 "Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar)

Comedian and TV Host Jack Paar
Comedian and TV Host
Jack Paar
  • Feb 11 KUMV TV channel 8 in Williston, ND (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 The "Toddlers' Truce", a controversial television close down between 6 and 7 pm, abolished in the United Kingdom

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 16 Swedish film classic "The Seventh Seal" directed by Ingmar Bergman, starring Max Von Sydow and Bengt Ekerot is released

Actor Max Von Sydow
Actor
Max Von Sydow
Director and Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director and Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • Feb 27 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 28 14th Golden Globes: The King and I, Kirk Douglas, & Ingrid Bergman win

  • Mar 1 KTWO TV channel 2 in Casper, WY (NBC/ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

Film tv awardsEmmy Awards

Mar 16 9th Emmy Awards: Phil Silvers Show, Robert Young & Loretta Young win

Actress Loretta Young
Actress
Loretta Young
Comedian and Actor Phil Silvers
Comedian and Actor
Phil Silvers
  • Mar 18 WTWV (now WTVA) TV channel 9 in Tupelo-Columbus, MS (NBC) begins

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

Mar 27 29th Academy Awards: "Around World in 80 Days", Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner win

  • Apr 1 WYES-TV channel 12 in New Orleans, Louisiana (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 10 "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb, is released

  • Apr 15 KTVI TV channel 2 in Saint Louis, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 25 WUHY TV channel 35 in Philadelphia, PA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 WSOC TV channel 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Apr 28 4th National Film Awards (India): "Kabuliwala" wins the Golden Lotus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Larry King's 1st radio broadcast

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 First Hammer color horror film released "The Curse of Frankenstein" starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

  • May 6 Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 17 10th Cannes Film Festival: "Friendly Persuasion" directed by William Wyler wins the Palme d'Or

Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler
  • May 22 KBTX TV channel 3 in Bryan, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 28 WPSD TV channel 6 in Paducah, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Edouard Carpentier beats Lou Thesz to become NWA wrestling champion

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • Jun 21 7th Berlin International Film Festival: "12 Angry Men" wins Golden Bear
  • Jun 25 "Jonathan Winters Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jul 1 WRLP TV channel 32 in Greenfield/Keene/Brat, MA (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jul 24 KTVC TV channel 6 in Ensign, KS (CBS) begins broadcasting

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jul 28 Jerry Lee Lewis makes his 1st TV appearance (Steve Allen Show)

Country Singer Jerry Lee Lewis
Country Singer
Jerry Lee Lewis
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen
  • Jul 29 Jack Paar's The Tonight show premieres
  • Aug 5 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
  • Sep 1 WAVY TV channel 10 in Portsmouth-Norfolk, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 1 WHC (now WPXI) TV channel 11 in Pittsburgh, PA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Sep 1 WTLV TV channel 12 in Jacksonville, FL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 3 KTCA TV channel 2 in St Paul-Minneapolis, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 7 WWL TV channel 4 in New Orleans, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Sep 8 Pope Pius XII encyclical On motion pictures, radio, TV

260th Pope Pius XII
260th Pope
Pius XII
  • Sep 17 KETV TV channel 7 in Omaha, NB (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Two male attorneys "stand in" as actress Sophia Loren & producer Carlo Ponti wed by proxy in Juarez, Mexico

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • Sep 18 US Western TV drama "Wagon Train" premieres

Appears on tv showTelevision Premiere

Sep 21 "Perry Mason" TV series based on the character by author Erle Stanley Gardner, starring Raymond Burr premieres on CBS-TV

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Sep 22 Western "Maverick" premieres on ABC television starring James Garner
  • Sep 23 WTIC TV channel 61 in Hartford, CT (CBS/FOX) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 25 18th Venice Film Festival: Influential Indian film "Aparajito" directed by Satyajit Ray is first film to win the Golden Lion and the Critics Award
  • Sep 28 "Dollar A Second" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Gisele MacKenzie Show" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 "DuPont Show of the Month" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Paul Winchell Show" debuts on ABC-TV
  • Sep 30 WKYT TV channel 27 in Lexington, KY (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film ReleaseThe Bridge on the River Kwai

Oct 2 "The Bridge on the River Kwai", directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1958)

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The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
The Bridge on the River Kwai movie poster
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  • Oct 4 TV sitcom "Leave It to Beaver" debuts on CBS
  • Oct 7 KOAC TV channel 7 in Corvallis, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Film PremierJailhouse Rock Premieres

Oct 17 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley premieres in Memphis, Tennessee

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A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
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  • Oct 22 KJAC TV channel 4 in Port Arthur-Beaumont, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 27 WOWL TV channel 15 in Florence, AL (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 27 WPTA TV channel 21 in Fort Wayne, IN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 28 WMVS TV channel 10 in Milwaukee, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 30 WLWI (now WTHR) TV channel 13 in Indianapolis, IN (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Oct 30 WYTV TV channel 33 in Youngstown, OH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 KVII TV channel 7 in Amarillo, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 KXGN TV channel 5 in Glendive, Montana (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 WICZ TV channel 40 in Binghamton, New York (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 7 WEEQ (now WWTO) TV channel 35 in La Salle, IL (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Nov 14 Dick Hutton beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion

All Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' RollAll Eyes on Birthplace of British Rock 'n' Roll

Nov 16 BBC’s 1st pop music show, the "Six-Five Special", is broadcast from the tiny 2i’s Coffee Bar in London

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The 2i's coffee bar became a magnet for pop singers, agents and music entrepreneurs
The 2i's coffee bar became a magnet for pop singers, agents and music entrepreneurs
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  • Nov 17 WBOY TV channel 12 in Clarksburg, WV (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 26 WCVB TV channel 5 in Boston, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Nov 28 "Look Homeward, Angel" play based on the book by Thomas Wolfe adapted by Ketti Frings and starring Anthony Perkins premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly and the Crickets debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
TV Host Ed Sullivan
TV Host
Ed Sullivan

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 13 "Peyton Place" film based on the novel by Grace Metalious, directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange is released

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 17 The last episode of The Nat King Cole Show airs on NBC due to lack of national sponsorship

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole
  • Dec 22 KWRB (now KFNE) TV channel 10 in Lander-Riverton, WY (ABC) begins
  • Dec 28 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on