The Movie Timeline - it's like a timeline, but of movies


Movie history events from 1959

In one timeline, Biff Tannen named 'The Luckiest Man on Earth'. (Back to the Future Part II)

Truman Capote develops a close relationship with Perry Smith, a killer he's interviewing for his book In Cold Blood. (Capote)

Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk come to a small Franch town and open a chocolate shop, which shakes things up. (Chocolat)

A blonde woman with green eyes is born. (Texas) (The Devil's Rejects)

Carmella Corleone and son Fredo die; Kay separates from Michael Corleone. (The Godfather: Part II)

Edna Buxton meets Joel Millner, who hires her as a songwriter for the Brill Building, and changes her name to Denise Waverly. (New York) (Grace of My Heart)

Frederick Loren and his wife invite five strangers for a "party" at a haunted house-a party that invoves murder, mystery, money and supernatural beings. (House on Haunted Hill)

A time capsule containing students' drawings of their ideas of the future is buried at William Dawes Elementary School. Lucinda Embry contributes a page full of seemingly random digits, before running off to a closet to go mad hearing voices. (Lexington, Massachusetts) (Knowing)

Kathy Morgan is born to Virginia and Robert Morgan. (The Last Man on Earth)

North By Northwest released seen by cinema-goers, including Shlomo and his father. (Lucky Number Slevin)

Dominick Salvatore Rizzo, father of Enrico Salvatore "Ratso" Rizzo, dies at age 73. (Midnight Cowboy)

Jamming with The Clapper Family, George Menschell suggests a neuftet with his own The Village Folk Ensemble - The Main Street Singers are born. (A Mighty Wind)

Red gives Andy a picture of a woman for his 10th anniversary of imprisonment. Andy receives more funds from the government for the library project. (The Shawshank Redemption)

Stand By Me. (Stand By Me)

Sarah Connor is born. (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)

A guitar later used by Nigel Tufnel is made. (This is Spinal Tap)

A man who will one day become an oversized baggage agent is born. (Los Angeles, California) (Valentine's Day)

Thursday 1st January: Mob boss Michael Corleone flees when Fidel Castro takes power. (Cuba) (The Godfather: Part II)

Thursday 1st January: Gambler Jack Weil flees when Fidel Castro takes power. (Cuba) (Havana)

Thursday 1st January: Norville Barnes falls from the 45th storey of the Hudsucker Building at the strike of midnight, yet survives. (New York) (The Hudsucker Proxy)

Thursday 15th January: A date in Marion Crane's bankbook. (Phoenix, Arizona) (Psycho)

Tuesday 20th January: A date in Marion's bankbook. (Phoenix, Arizona) (Psycho)

Tuesday 3rd February: "The Day the Music Died" - plane crash takes the life of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.D.Richardson. (Clear Lake, Iowa) (La Bamba)

April: Dennis LaChance, older brother of Gordon, dies in a jeep accident. (Castle Rock, OR) (Stand By Me)

Tuesday 28th April: Frank Herrera is born. (New Orleans, Louisianna) (Runaway Jury)

Monday 11th May: Peter Callahan is born. (While You Were Sleeping)

Tuesday 12th May: John is introduced to Janey when she buys him a beer. The first time a woman has done this for him. (New York, New York) (Watchmen)

Sunday 24th May: John Foster Dulles dies of cancer. (Bethesda, Maryland) (Eleanor, First Lady of the World)

Sunday 7th June: Paramount agrees to pay Jerry Lewis $10 million to appear in 14 films. (Martin and Lewis)

Tuesday 16th June: George Reeves commits suicide. (Los Angeles, CA) (Hollywoodland)

July: 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' premieres. (Ed Wood)

July: Danny Zucko has fun with Sandy, down in the sand. (Grease)

Wednesday 8th July: Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest premiers. (Chicago, Illinois) (Hitchcock)

Friday 17th July: Billie Holiday dies of cardiac failure. (New York City) (Lady Sings the Blues)

August: Danny Zuko has to replace his best friend Kenickie after he knocks him out by mistake at an illegal race at thunder road against The Scorpions leader Leo. (thunder road near Rydell High School California) (Grease)

August: Teddy Duchamp, Vern Tessio, Gordie Lachance and Chris Chambers see a dead body for the first time, and come back changed from boys into men. (just off the railway, outside Castle Rock, Maine) (Stand By Me)

Friday 7th August: The New York Times contains A.H. Weiler's negative review of North by Northwest. (Hitchcock)

Wednesday 9th September: Michael Clayton is born. (Michael Clayton)

Sunday 13th September: The Castle Rock Women's Auxiliary Club Quilting Bee. (Castle Rock, Maine) (Stand By Me)

October: Lee Harvey Oswald emigrates to Russia. (Russia) (Salt)

Saturday 31st October: Lee Harvey Oswald goes to the US embassy stating that he wishes to renounce his US citizenship. (Moscow, Russia) (Killing Kennedy)

Saturday 31st October: Lee Harvey Oswald defects to the Soviet Union. (Moscow, Russia) (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Wednesday 4th November: Claude "Lefty" Williams is born. (Laguna Beach, California) (Eight Men Out)

Sunday 15th November: The Clutter family are murdered by burglars Richard 'Dick' Hickock and Perry Smith. (Holcomb, Kansas) (Capote)

December: Oswald Cobblepot, aka: The Penguin, is born. (Gotham City, USA) (Batman Returns)

December: Richard 'Dick' Hickock and Perry Smith are arrested for the murder of the Clutter family. (Capote)

Friday 11th December: In need of money to help her divorced boyfriend Sam Loomis, secretary Marion Crane steals $40,000 from one of her employer's clients and flees in her car. (Phoenix, Arizona) (Psycho)

Saturday 12th December: Marion checks into the Bates Motel and meets Norman Bates, who tells her about his mother. She is stabbed to death in a shower. Norman puts her body, the money, and her car in the swamp. (Kern County, California) (Psycho)

Friday 18th December: It has been one week since Marion Crane went missing. (Psycho)

Saturday 19th December: Private detective Milton Arbogast questions Norman. When he investigates the motel, he is stabbed to death and falls down the stairs. Sam Loomis and Marion's sister Lila worry about him. (Kern County, California) (Psycho)

Sunday 20th December: Norman Bates is arrested when it is discovered that he had his mother's corpse and emulated her personality. His mother's personality seems to have completely taken over him. (Kern County, California) (Psycho)

Friday 25th December: Dawn Davenport runs away from home after not receiving cha-cha heel shoes for Christmas and is impregnated by Earl Peterson. (Baltimore, Maryland) (Female Trouble)


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