On This Day

Events in Film & TV on October 23

  • 1932 "Fred Allen Show" premieres on radio

Film Release

1941 Walt Disney's animated film "Dumbo" released

Film Premiere

1952 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

  • 1953 WTRF TV channel 7 in Wheeling-Steubenville, WV (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • 1954 WSAU TV channel 7 in Wausau, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 First video recording on magnetic tape televised coast-to-coast

The Smurfs TV Debut

1958 The Smurfs first appear in the story "Johan and Pirlouit" by Belgium cartoonist Peyo

  • 1962 WCIV TV channel 4 in Charleston, South Carolina (NBC) begins broadcasting

Theater Premiere

1963 Neil Simon's play "Barefoot in the Park" starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley premieres in NYC

  • 1971 WXLT (now WWSB) TV channel 40 in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (ABC) begins
  • 1972 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Pippin", starring Ben Vereen; Irene Ryan, and Jill Clayburgh, and directed by Bob Fosse, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 1944 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards
  • 1972 WNJS TV channel 23 in Camden, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1978 CBS raises LP prices to $8.98
  • 1984 NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine

Film Premiere

2012 "Skyfall", 23rd James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem premieres in London

  • 2018 Megyn Kelly is criticized after making comments supporting blackface on her NBC show

Film Premiere

2018 Freddie Mercury bio film "Bohemian Rhapsody" directed by Bryan Singer, starring Rami Malek (Best Actor Academy Awards 2019) premieres in London