Useless Entertainment Industry Facts

Gunsmoke debuted on CBS-TV in 1955, and went on to become the longest-series on television – 20 years.

The original movie poster for the 1943 movie The Outlaw, which portrays actress Jane Russell sold for more than $82,200 at Christie’s auction house.

In the movie Babe, the piglet was played by over 30 different piglets they outgrew the part so quickly during the production of the film.

On April 6, 1925, the first in-flight movie was shown. It was a silent film and appeared on a Deutsche Lufthansa flight.

One of the Bond girls in the James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only, used to be a man.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on Leave It to Beaver.

Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.

In 1920, 57% of Hollywood movies billed the female star above the leading man. In 1990, only 18% had the leading lady given top billing.

The first Academy Awards ceremony to be telecast were the 25th annual awards in 1953.

Napoleon Bonaparte is the historical figure most often portrayed in movies. He has been featured in 194 movies, Jesus Christ in 152, and Abraham Lincoln in 137.

The average child sees 30,000 televisions commercials every year.

There wasn’t just one television Lassie, and none of the Lassies was female. The part was played by a series of male dogs.

The Jazz Singer is widely believed to have been the first “talkie.” However, it wasn’t – the first all-talking film was actually Lights of New York shown in 1928.

Unusual deaths have plagued the cast of the Poltergeist trilogy of films including 12-year-old actress Heather O’Rourke, who died of septic shock. The theory is that the set was cursed by evil.

The “Miss America” pageant made its network TV debut on ABC In 1954. Miss California, Lee Ann Meriwether, was crowned the winner.

The Les Nessman character on WKRP in Cincinnati wore a band-aid in every episode.

Internationally, Baywatch is the most popular television show in history.

The first live televised murder was in 1963, when Jack Ruby killed JFK’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald while millions of viewers watched.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was created in 1939, in Chicago, for the Montgomery Ward department stores for a Christmas promotion. The lyrics were written as a poem by Robert May, but weren’t set to music until 1947. Gene Autry recorded the hit song in 1949.

King Kong was Adolf Hitler’s favorite movie.

In the movie Casablanca Rick never says “Play it again, Sam.” He says: “You played it for her, you can play it for me. Play it!”

During the chariot scene in Ben Hur, a small red car can be seen in the distance.

The movie Titanic, at $200 million, cost more than the ship itself. The cost to construct the ship in 1910-1912 was $7.5 million at the time, which would have been the equivalent of about $120 to $150 million at the time the movie was made.

It’s not true that Gilligan, of Gilligan’s Island, only had one name. His first name was Willy. Additionally, the Skipper’s name wasn’t Skipper, of course, it was Jonas Grumby. The Professor’s real name was Roy Hinkley. Mary Ann’s last name was Summers.

A South Korean movie theater owner decided that the movie The Sound of Music was too long. His solution was to shorten the movie by cutting out all of the musical scenes!

By the time a child finishes elementary school she will have witnessed 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on television.

Captain Kirk never said “Beam me up, Scotty,” but he did say, “Beam me up, Mr. Scott.”

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.

India’s movie industry, Bollywood, is the largest in the world producing over eight hundred movies a year. Hollywood only produces half of this number in a year.

The most played song on American radio during the twentieth century was You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.  Although recorded by different artists, the song is the only one in history to be played over 8 million times on the radio. That amounts to about 45 years if the song was played back to back!  Three songs were played 7 million times: Never My Love, Yesterday, and Stand By Me , in that order.

The Godfather, Part II is often cited as the only sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. However, this is untrue – Silence of the Lambs, sequel to Manhunter, shares that distinction.

The Blair Witch Project used the “f-word” 133 times.

The first CD pressed in the United States for commercial release was Bruce Springsteen’s, Born in the USA.

The Russian Imperial Necklace has been loaned out by Joseff jewelers of Hollywood for 1,215 different feature films.

The spider used in the 2002 movie Spider-Man was a Steatoda spider, not a black widow. The spider was given anesthesia, and was then painted blue and red.

When an orange is shown in any of the Godfather movies, it means that someone is about to die or a close call is to occur.

Released in 2002, the science fiction comedy The Adventures of Pluto Nash was the biggest Hollywood bomb in history in terms of profit/loss. The movie had a gross budget of $100 million but only earned $4.41 million at the U.S. box-office.

Daytime dramas are called Soap Operas because they were originally used to advertise soap powder. In America in the early days of television, advertisers would write stories around the use of their soap powder.

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