Superman first appeared in Action Comics No. 1, June 1938. Batman first appeared in Detective Comics No. 27, May 1939.
Catherine the Great was alone on the morning of November 17, 1796, when she collapsed with a stroke. Earlier that morning, she had bid farewell to a lover, a twenty-seven-year old man. No horses were involved.
John Wayne (1907-1979) has played the most leading roles. He had a leading role in all but 11 of his 153 movies. His career began with The Drop Kick in 1927 and ended with The Shootist in 1976.
Ten-year-old Tatum O’Neal won an Oscar in 1973, for Best Supporting Actress in Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon.
Nouvelle Vague was the French New Wave of filmmakers who changed the face of French film in the late 1950s. The group included: Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Eric Rohmer, and Jacques Rivette. They pioneered a freer, more personal cinematic style that rebelled against standard industry practices. Truffaut’s 400 Blows (1959) and Godard’s Breathless […]
Alphonso D’Abruzzo. Robert Alda Gladys Greene. Jean Arthur Albert Einstein. Albert Brooks Richard Jenkins. Richard Burton Tula Finklea. Cyd Charisse Lily Chauchoin. Claudette Colbert Declan McManus. Elvis Costello Alexandra Zuck. Sandra Dee Margarita Cansino. Rita Hayworth Krishna Bhanji. Ben Kingsley Laszlo Loewenstein. Peter Lorre Susan Tomaling. Susan Sarandon Michael Shalhoub. Omar Sharif Gordon Sumner. Sting
There were seven films by Hope, Crosby, and Lamour: Road to Singapore (1940) Road to Zanzibar (1941) Road to Morocco (1942) Road to Utopia (1946) Road to Rio (1947) Road to Bali (1953) Road to Hong Kong (1962)
Elvis Presley’s first number one hit was “Heartbreak Hotel” in February 1956. For 16 months following, he had a record, sometimes two, on the nation’s Top 10 list.
Born Ernest Evans, Chubby Checker chose his stage name as an homage to Fats Domino.
Thirty-nine half-hour episodes of “The Honeymooners” were filmed, usually referred to as the Classic 39. They were broadcast from October 1955 to September 1956. “The Honeymooners” appeared as a sketch on Jackie Gleason variety shows before and after that series. Reruns of the original 39 episodes continue to be shown.
Dorothy’s last name in The Wizard of Oz is Gale.
Sean Connery, George Lazenby, David Niven, Roger Moore, and Timothy Dalton have played the character James Bond.
“I Love Lucy” ran for six seasons, from October 15, 1951, to June 24, 1957.
The character Bugs Bunny was created in 1936 by a group of artists at Warner Bros., including Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng. The original sketches, however, were submitted by a Warner story man Ben (“Bugs”) Hardaway. He marked the drawings “Bugs Bunny.” The rest is history.
Glenn Miller was presented with a gold-covered master of his recording “Chattanooga Choo Choo” on his radio program of February 10, 1942. The record, released in conjunction with the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade, had climbed past the 1 million mark a few months after its release. The original 1949 Broadway cast recording of Oklahoma! […]
No. Batman has no superpowers. He is, however, the master of every known martial art and an accomplished scientist and detective.
The television series Howdy Doody ran from 1947 to 1960.
At least six actors have played Al Capone: Paul Muni, Rod Steiger, Neville Brand, Jason Robards, Ben Gazzara, and Robert DeNiro. Brand played him twice: in The Scarface Mob (1959) and Spin of a Coin (1962).
Eddie Cantor sang “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” on his radio show one week before Thanksgiving 1934. It was written in 1932 by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots.
Soft-shoe was one of two distinct styles of tap dancing developed in the late nineteenth century. Easy going and smooth, it required soft-soled shoes. In contrast, the fast, energetic buck-and-wing employed wooden soled shoes. The two styles merged by 1925, with metal taps added to the toes and heels.
Linus and Lucy’s last name was Van Pelt.
Captain James T. Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius.
Songwriter and performer David Seville chose the names for the “stars” of his 1958 hit record. Simon and Alvin were named for two executives at Liberty Records, Simon Waronker and Al Bennett. Theodore was named for Ted Keep, the recording engineer.
Shakespeare used the word in King Lear to describe a devil, and Sir Walter Scott used it in Kenilworth to describe a young rascal. But the meaning Rodgers and Hammerstein intended, a talkative or dizzy person, arose in 1549, in a sermon by Bishop Hugh Latimer for King Edward VI. Latimer spelled the word flybbertgybe.
In 1909, Gertie the Dinosaur, created by New York Journal cartoonist Winsor McKay, became the first cartoon shown in movie houses along with a regular feature.
For the showgirls who appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies, enz Ziegfeld insisted on women with the following measurements: bust, 36 inches; waist, 26 inches; and hips, 38 inches. It is estimated that only 3,000 of the 200,000 applicants over the years met these requirements.
The Keystone Company was the movie studio formed by Mack Sennett in 1912. The Kops appeared in a number of the studio’s more than 1,000 comedy shorts.
Charlie Brown’s father was a Barber.
The Continental Baths, where Manilow joined Midler in 1970, were located in the basement of the Ansonia Hotel between West Seventy-third and Seventy-fourth Streets in New York City. The club closed several years ago.
The Forbidden Planet was called Altair IV.
Seven actors have played Raymond Chandler’s detective Philip Marlowe. They are: Dick Powell, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Montgomery, George Montgomery, James Garner, Elliott Gould, and Robert Mitchum. Only Mitchum has played him more than once, in Farewell My Lovely (1975) and The Big Sleep (1978).
While early American filmmakers refused to reveal the names of their players, fearing the actors would request more money, German filmgoers created celebrities. The first celebrity actress was Henny Porten, who first appeared in the movie Lohengrin (1907), directed by Oskar Messter. She was known only as the Messter Girl until 1909, when she played […]
By 1940, when the Oscars ceremony was only a dozen years old, character actor Walter Brennan (18941974) had already won three Best Supporting Actor awards for his performances in Come and Get It (1936), Kentucky (1938), and The Westerner (1940). Katharine Hepburn has won four Academy Awards, for Best Actress. Ingrid Bergman won three, two […]
The most widely sung song is “Happy Birthday to You,” which was adapted from “Good Morning to You!” by Mildred J. and Patty S. Hill.
The hands in poker in order of value, from highest to lowest: Royal Flush Straight Flush Four of a Kind Full House Flush Straight Three of a Kind Two Pairs One Pair High Card (No Pair)
There were four film versions of Batman in 1989. There was Batman, a 15-chapter Columbia serial in 1943, with Lewis Wilson in the title role. Then came Batman and Robin, another Columbia serial in 1949, starring Robert Lowery. In 1966, 20th Century-Fox released a feature film called Batman based on the television series and starring […]
Named by the studio, not the Brothers Grimm, the Seven Dwarfs were: Bashful Doc Dopey Grumpy Happy Sleepy and Sneezy.
The 1984 film Red Dawn, directed by John Milius, takes top honors for the most violent film on record. It contains 134 acts of violence per hour, or 2.23 per minute.
Erle Stanley Gardner wrote 75 “case of the” books, beginning with The Case of the Velvet Claws in 1933 and ending with The Case of the Troubled Trustee in 1965. Erle Stanley Gardner died in 1970.
Spock’s parents in Star Trek were Sarek, a Vulcan ambassador, and Amanda, a human being.
Sergeant Joe Friday’s badge number on “Dragnet” was number 714.
No, the 1931 hit by “As Time Goes By” Herman Hupfeld was first performed by Frances Williams in Everybody’s Welcome. Rudy Vallee recorded a hit version of the song, but its greatest popularity came from Casablanca.
A Harvard University student named Lothrop Withington, Jr., swallowed a 4-inch goldfish on a bet on March 3, 1939. The event was publicized in the Boston papers and soon created a new campus fad.
The story of Cinderella has enjoyed 58 film productions, in cinematic and cartoon form, throughout the world. The first Cinderella movie was made in 1898.
Pianist and wit Oscar Levant (1906-1972) made the claim after Doris Day became known for her virginal sex farces with Rock Hudson.
The first collaboration between George and Ira Gershwin was the Broadway musical Lady Be Good in 1924. It included the songs “Fascinating Rhythm” and “Oh Lady, Be Good.”
They were a group of Hollywood writers and artists who were blacklisted after their appearances before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 and 1948. HUAC was set up to investigate “the extent of Communist infiltration in the Hollywood motion picture industry.” It cited the following artists for contempt of Congress for their political […]
Twenty-nine: I Want to Hold Your There’s a Place Hand Why (with Tony Sher- She Loves You idan) Please Please Me P.S. I Love You I Saw Her Standing This Boy There Ain’t She Sweet My Bonnie (with Tony A Hard Day’s Night Sheridan) I Should Have Known From Me to You Better Twist and […]
In 1921, the 320-pound silent comedy star and former Keystone Kop allegedly caused the death of a young starlet, Virginia Rappe, fiancee of the director of some of Arbuckle’s films. At a wild party in San Francisco, Rappe went into convulsions, supposedly the result of a sexual assault by Arbuckle. She died a few days […]
Shirley Temple, aged five, was presented a miniature Oscar statuette “in grateful recognition of her outstanding contributions to screen entertainment during the year 1934 for such films as Stand Up and Cheer, Little Miss Marker, and Bright Eyes.
Tom London (1883-1963), who appeared in more than 2,000 movies, beginning with The Great Train Robbery in 1903. For many years, he was a leading man at Universal; later in his career, he specialized as a B-western sheriff. His last film was The Lone Texan 1959).
Superman is virtually invulnerable (with Kryptonite being his major weakness; its rays are fatal to him); he is superstrong, superfast, and supersmart; he can fly; he has heat vision, X-ray vision, telescopic vision, and microscopic vision; he has quick-freezing, gale-force breath; he has super sensitive hearing; and he can hold his breath for long periods.
Born Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry in 1902, the black actor Stepin Fetchit got his stage name from a racehorse on which he bet and won a large sum of money. The name has since become a term of derision among blacks for someone subservient to whites. Fetchit died in 1985.
Ben-Hur with 11 Oscars was the biggest winner in 1989.
First Base. Who Second Base. What Third Base. I Don’t Know Shortstop. I Don’t Give a Darn (I Don’t Care) Catcher. Today Pitcher. Tomorrow Left Field. Why Center Field. Because Right Field. Not mentioned in the routine
Using the pseudonym Spectator, Frank E. Woods began the tradition in the June 1908 issue of the New York Dramatic Mirror. Six years later, the Chicago Tribune began the first regular publication of movie reviews. The first columnist was Jack Lawson; when he died shortly after the feature’s inauguration, Miss Audrie Alspaugh took over. Under […]
Singer Frank Sinatra is known as the Chairman of the Board. Former New York Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford also earned the appellation.
No, red M&M’s were never made with a carcinogenic dye. In 1976, M&M/Mars responded to publicity about the carcinogenic effects of red dye number 2 by taking red M&M’s off the market. However, red M&M’s were not made with red dye number 2: The company acted because people wrongly believed that the dye was being […]
The Motion Picture Production Code, devised by the Motion Picture Association of America. It was nicknamed the Hays Code for the MPAA’s first director, Will H. Hays, and was adopted in 1930. The lengthy document, which was written to forestall government censorship of movies, was not dissolved by the MPAA until 1968.
007 was the number of seconds left until the atomic bomb was set to explode in Fort Knox when Bond shut it off in the movie Goldfinger (1964).