Category Archives: Movies 1940s

‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 11 1947)


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(Tuesday, November 11, 1947, doors opened at 8:30 a.m. EST)Gentleman’s Agreement, a drama film about a reporter who pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, opened this morning at Mayfair Theatre in New York City. Continue reading ‘Gentleman’s Agreement’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 11 1947)

Reagan testifies on pro-Communist influences in Hollywood 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 23 1947)


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(Thursday, October 23, 1947; during the Second Red Scare and the Cold War) — Film actor Ronald Reagan, President of the Screen Actors Guild and future President of the United States, appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) today as a “friendly” witness, testifying “I do not believe the Communists have ever at any time been able to use the motion-picture screen as a sounding board for their philosophy or ideology.” Continue reading Reagan testifies on pro-Communist influences in Hollywood 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 23 1947)

‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 26 1947)


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(Thursday, June 26, 1947, 10:40 a.m. EDT)The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, a fantasy romantic comedy-drama film about a spirited widow who rents a haunted cottage and builds an emotional bond with the resident ghost, opened this morning at Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center in New York City. Continue reading ‘The Ghost and Mrs. Muir’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 26 1947)

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 4 1947)


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(Wednesday, June 4, 1947, doors opened at 10:30 a.m. EDT)Miracle on 34th Street, a Christmas comedy-drama film about a department store Santa who claims to be the real thing, opened this morning at the Roxy Theatre at 153 West 50th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, just off Times Square in New York City. Continue reading ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ opens in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 4 1947)

‘Monsieur Verdoux’ premieres in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 11 1947)


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(Friday, April 11, 1947, 8:45 p.m. EST)Monsieur Verdoux, a black comedy film directed by and starring Charles Chaplin, who plays a bigamist wife killer inspired by serial killer Henri Désiré Landru, premiered tonight at Broadway Theatre located in midtown Manhattan. Continue reading ‘Monsieur Verdoux’ premieres in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 11 1947)

‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ wins Best Motion Picture at 19th Academy Awards 70 years ago this hour (Mar 13 1947)


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(Thursday, March 13, 1947, 8:45-11:37 p.m. PST)The Best Years of Our Lives, an American drama film about three returning servicemen who fight to adjust to life after World War II, won seven Oscars tonight, including Best Motion Picture, Best Director (William Wyler) Best Actor (Fredric March) and Best Supporting Actor (Harold Russell) at the 19th Academy Awards ceremony at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Continue reading ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ wins Best Motion Picture at 19th Academy Awards 70 years ago this hour (Mar 13 1947)

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ premieres in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 20 1946)


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(Friday, December 20, 1946, 8:30 p.m. EST)It’s a Wonderful Life, an American Christmas fantasy drama film about an angel who helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed, premiered tonight at special benefit showing for the Boys’ Club of New York at the Globe theatre at 205 West 46th Street in midtown-Manhattan. Continue reading ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ premieres in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 20 1946)

‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ premieres in New York City 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 21 1946)


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(Thursday, November 21, 1946, 8:30 p.m. EST)The Best Years of Our Lives, an American drama film about three returning servicemen who fight to adjust to life after World War II, premiered tonight at the Astor theater in New York City.

Directed by William Wyler, the film starred Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo and Harold Russell.