Movies and TV fast facts
Scottish inventor John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television in 1926 in Soho, London. Ten years later there were only 100 TV sets in the world.
Today there are more than 1,5 billion TV sets in use.
China has the most TV sets (500 million).
US citizens watch the most TV. By age 65, an American would have watched the equivalent of 9 years uninterrupted screening, viewing more than 20,000 TV commercials per year.
In the US there are more TV sets than telephones.
The first TV interview was made with Irish actress Peggy O’Neil in April 1930.
The first daily broadcast was started by the BBC in November 1936.
The first TV commercial was a 20-second ad for a Bulova clock, broadcasted by WNBT, New York during a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies in July 1941. Bulova paid $9 for that first TV spot. Bulova also was the first watch in space.
2 billion videos are watched per day on YouTube.
Every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube, or about 200,000 videos per day.
It will take a person more than 400 years to watch all the videos on YouTube.
The first regular TV soap was DuMont TV’s A Woman to Remember, which began its run in February 1947.
The first televised sporting event was a Japanese elementary school baseball game, broadcast in September 1931.
The world’s first TV news helicopter was introduced by KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles on 4 July 1958.
In “Father of the Bride”, Annie and Bryan marry on January 6. But in the opening montage of “Father of the Bride 2” there is a framed invitation of their wedding which states that they were married on October 9.
Towards the end of the Forrest Gump, Forrest narrates that his wife died on a Saturday. When he is at her grave in the next scene, the tomb stone shows her passing on March 22, 1982, which is a Monday.
STAR TREK’s Captain James T. Kirk’s middle name is Tiberius.
In Terminator 2 – Judgement Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger received a salary of $15 million; the 700 words he spoke translates to $21,429 per word. “Hasta la vista, baby” thus cost $85,716.
The largest movie theater in the world, Radio City Music Hall in New York, opened in 1932 – it seats almost 6,000 people.
The longest movie in the world according to Guinness World Records is The Cure for Insomnia, directed by John Henry Timmis IV. Released in 1987, the running time is 5220 minutes (87 hours).
The first film animation was “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” made in 1906 by American J. Stuart Blacton.
In 1919, 18-year-old Walt Disney teamed up with Ub Iwerks, to produce a series of cartoons entitled “Alice in Cartoonland.”
The Walt Disney company was founded in 1923, and in 1927 Walt came up with the idea for an animated mouse called Mortimer Mouse. His wife Lillian convinced him to change it to Mickey Mouse.
In 1937 Disney won a special Oscar for the first full-length animation: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, created Tom and Jerry in 1939.
The first animation picture to be nominated for Best Picture Oscar was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 1991 – it did not win, however. See the list of Oscar winners for the 1990s.
Mel Blanc, who played the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.
Jack Mercer was the voice of Popeye the Sailor for 45 years.
The video recording machine was invented by the Ampex corporation of California in 1956. The first video recorder, the Ampex VR1000, stood 1,1 m (3 ft 3 in) high and weighed as much as a small car: 665 kg (1,466 lb).
The home video recorder was introduced in 1972 by Philips of the Netherlands.
Japanese company JVC introduced the VHS system in 1976.
About 80% of VCRs are made by Japanese companies.
The first pop video was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, released in 1975.
On average, a movie makes about 5 times more from its DVD sales than ticket takings.
About one quarter of movie videos sold are animations.
In the 1926 film version of Don Juan actor John Barrymore set the record for the most kisses ever in a single film. Barrymore embraced Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor 127 times.
The longest kiss in a movie is in Andy Warhol’s Kiss. Rufus Collins and Naomi Levine kissed for the entire 50 minutes
of the movie.
The first porn movie was the 1908 French film al’Ecu d’or oula bonne auberge.
The first movie to use sound was “The Jazz Singer,” released in 1927: the first words, spoken by Al Jolson, were: “Wait a minute, you ain’t heard nothing yet.”
The most translated film of all time is the Jesus film, based on the Gospel of Luke. It has been dubbed in 1 112 languages and has been screened in all the countries in the world, albeit some in private viewings.
The 1967 Russian movie War and Peace had 120,000 extras. The South Korean movie Monster Wang-magwi from the same year featured 157,000 extras. The 1945 German movie Kolberg had 187,000 and the movie with the most extras, the 1982 British movie Gandhi, featured 300,000 extras.