Daily Archives: February 2, 2012

Ronald Reagan’s ‘Kings Row’ premieres in New York 70 years ago today (1942)

'Kings Row' clip

(Monday, February 2, 1942)Kings Row, a story of young people growing up in a small American town at the turn of the twentieth century, beset by social pressure, dark secrets, and the challenges and tragedies one must face as a result of these hard facts, premiered tonight at the Astor in New York City.

Directed by Sam Wood, the film stars Ann Sheridan, Robert Cummings, and future U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Reagan and most film critics considered Kings Row his best movie.

‘Shanghai Express’ opens in New York 80 years ago today (1932)

'Shanghai Express' clip

(Tuesday, February 2, 1932) — A beautiful temptress re-kindles an old romance while trying to escape her past during a tension-packed train journey in Shanghai Express, which opened today in New York City.

Directed by Josef von Sternberg, the film stars Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, and Warner Oland (click here to watch the entire film).

David Letterman’s ‘Late Night’ debuts on NBC 30 years ago this hour (1982)

(Tuesday, February 2, 1982, 12:30 a.m. EST)Late Night With David Letterman premiered on NBC-TV this morning from NBC Studio 6A at the RCA (later GE) Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

The first guest was Bill Murray (click here to watch the entire first show beginning with a cold opening featuring Larry “Bud” Melman delivering lines as an homage to the prologue of Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein).