Events in Film & Television in 1974

  • Jan 1 NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)

TV Show Appearance

Jan 5 Raul Julia appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in "Oh, Brother"

  • Jan 6 "CBS Mystery Theater" premieres on radio
  • Jan 11 ABC airs final episode of "Love, American Style"
  • Jan 15 TV sitcom "Happy Days" created by Garry Marshall and starring Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, and Tom Bosley, begins an 11 year run on ABC
  • Jan 18 "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV

#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

Film Release

Feb 7 Mel Brooks' film "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

  • Feb 8 American television soap opera "The Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run on CBS

Music Single

Feb 8 Ringo Starr releases a cover of "You're Sixteen" as a single in UK; originally released by Johnny Burnette in 1960

  • Feb 8 TV sitcom "Good Times", spin-off from "Maude", starring Esther Rolle, John Amos, and J.J. Walker, premieres on CBS TV
  • Feb 23 Teri Garr appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in "Confessions of an Orthodontist"
  • Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Film Release

Mar 29 Film adaption of "The Great Gatsby" starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow with costumes by Ralph Lauren first released

  • Apr 1 Pioneer Hall opens at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Florida
  • Apr 8 Discovery Island opens at Walt Disney World, Florida

Film & TV History

Apr 21 "Julie and Dick In Covent Garden", music and comedy special starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with Carl Reiner, premieres on ABC-TV

Television Finale

May 24 "The Dean Martin Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Cannes Film Festival

May 24 27th Cannes Film Festival: "The Conversation" directed by Francis Ford Coppola wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Emmy Awards

May 28 26th Emmy Awards: M*A*S*H, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore win, 1st Daytime Award presentation and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" wins 5 awards, including Cicely Tyson for Dramatic Performance

  • Jun 21 24th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 27 "Flip Wilson Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Jul 15 TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck shoots herself live on WXLT-TV, Florida, first person to commit suicide in a live broadcast

Film Release

Jul 24 "Death Wish", based on the novel by Brian Garfield, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson is released in the US

  • Jul 31 6th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Telethon

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

  • Sep 7 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • Sep 10 Controversial TV drama "Born Innocent" premieres on NBC TV, starring Linda Blair as an abused teen in a juvenile detention home
  • Sep 13 1st broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC-TV
  • Sep 23 BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service

Music Premiere

Sep 23 Revival of Jules Styne and Stephen Sondheim's musical "Gypsy" opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 120 performances, Angela Lansbury wins Tony Award for her role as Mama Rose

  • Oct 1 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • Oct 30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • Nov 15 Ringo Starr releases singles "Goodnight Vienna" and "Only You" in the UK

Music History

Nov 18 "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" by English progressive rock band Genesis is released, their last to feature original frontman Peter Gabriel

Television Finale

Dec 5 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

Film Release

Dec 14 Disaster film "The Towering Inferno" is released, starring Steve McQueen and Paul Newman

Film Premiere

Dec 19 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

  • Dec 20 "The Godfather Part II", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)
  • Dec 27 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years