Events in Film & TV on December 23

Theater Premiere

1911 Frank Wedekind's play "Oaha, die Satire der Satire" premieres in Munich

  • 1924 German silent film classic "The Last Laugh" directed by F. W. Murnau and starring Emil Jannings is released
  • 1928 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network

Contract of Interest

1930 Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios

  • 1951 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns, 24-17; first coast-to-coast televised NFL title game
  • 1961 KICU TV channel 43 in Visalia-Fresno, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1966 Britain's rock TV show "Ready Steady Go" last program
  • 1990 Comedy "Lettice & Lovage" closes at Barrymore Theater, NYC after 284 performances

Film Release

1997 "As Good as It Gets" film released written and directed by James L. Brooks, starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt