November 26, 1942 -
One of the classic films of the 40's, Casablanca, premiered in NYC on this date.
Producer Hal B. Wallis nearly made the character Sam a female. Hazel Scott, Lena Horne, and Ella Fitzgerald were considered for the role. Dooley Wilson (Sam) was a professional drummer who faked playing the piano. He was, in fact, also the only member of the cast to have ever actually visited the city of Casablanca.
November 26, 1952 -
In Thrilling Color!
The first modern 3-D movie Bwana Devil, viewed with special glasses, premiered in Hollywood.
Arch Oboler, the director, traveled to Africa in 1948 to make audio recordings of native peoples. While in Africa, Oboler met William D. Snyder, a 16mm cameraman with his own industrial filmmaking company in Fargo, North Dakota. During their travels throughout Africa, Mr. Snyder shot the African footage that appears in Bwana Devil.
November 26, 1953 -
MGM released the first musical in 3-D, Kiss Me Kate on this date.
For the famous spanking scene, Kathryn Grayson and costume designer Helen Rose played a joke on Howard Keel - Rose put a wooden board under Grayson's costume.
Today in History:
November 26, 1789 -
The first national Thanksgiving Day was observed in the United States as recommended by President George Washington and approved by Congress on this date.
November 26, 1865 -
Oxford Don and nude child photographer, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, sends the manuscript for the psychedelic novel Alice in Wonderland to his 12 year old special friend Alice Liddell.
For some reason her parents did not notify the authorities.
November 26, 1965 –
Arlo Guthrie was arrested in Stockbridge, Mass., for dumping some trash following a Thanksgiving feast at a run by Alice Brock, on this date.
He wrote a song about the event that became a folk classic and was turned into a movie in 1969.
Yes kids, it really happened.
November 26, 1976 -
Anarchy in the UK, (as a single) by the Sex Pistols is released.
The song later appeared on Never Mind the Bollocks.
29 more shopping days until Christmas, 12 more shopping days until Hanukkah and the world may just be over in 25 days.
And so it goes