Flashback
A look back at this day in film history
September 15
November 15, 1956
Tender Box Office

Early on the chilly evening of 15 November 1956 outside of the Paramount Theater in New York City, thousands of fans screamed for their idol Elvis Presley. He wasn’t there for a concert, but for the premiere of his film debut, a Civil War melodrama called Love Me Tender (after Elvis’ hit song). While in hindsight it seems obvious that the King was an ideal candidate to transition from recording to film, the producers were not so certain at the time: the film’s original title was The Reno Brothers and Elvis was billed third, after Richard Egan and Debra Paget. But after Love Me Tender pulled in over a million dollars on its first weekend, and audiences could barely hear the film’s wooden dialogue over the screaming teens in the audience, Elvis became box office gold, going on to make 31 feature films in the next 15 years.


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Tommy Lee Jones September 15, 1946
Tommy Lee Jones born

In the upcoming feature The Company Men, Gene McClary is an aging senior manager of a large New England construction firm.

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Sep. 15, 1936
Irving Thalberg dies

When one talks about meteoric careers and tragically short lives, usually the subject is a rock star in the mold of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix or Kurt Cobain, however Irving Thalberg – who died on this day in 1936 – falls into this category for very different reasons.

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Sept 15, 1894
Born an Artist

Pierre-Auguste Renoir may have been one of the 19th Century’s most beloved paintes––his son, Jean, proved to be one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers.

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