1948 Hit Parade

Popular films included
A Foreign Affair directed by Billy Wilder starring Marlene Dietrich
Joan of Arc starring Ingrid Bergman
Hamlet starring Lawrence Olivier
Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall
Red River starring John Wayne
The Red Shoes directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
The Treasure of Sierra Madre directed by John Huston starring Humphrey Bogart.

Fiction included:  Pearl Puck’s Peony, Erkstine Caldwell’s This Very Earth, Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms, Willa Cather’s The Old Beauty and Others, James Gould Cozzens’s Guard of Honor, John Dos Passos’s The Grand Design, William Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust, Marth Gelhorn’s Wine of Astonishment, Zora Neale Hurston’s seraph on the Suwanee, Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, Carl Sandburg’s Remembrance Rock, Irwin Shaw’s The Young Lions, Upton Sinclair’s One Clear Call, Elizabeth Spencer’s Fire in the Morning, Gore Vidal’s City and the Pillar and Thornton Wilder’s The Ides of March.

Popular songs included:  “Am I Asking Too Much?” by Dinah Washington, “Black Coffee” by Sarah Vaughan, “The Deck of Cards” by Tex Ritter,
“Faraway Places” by Bing Crosby and the Ken Darby Choir, “Gloria” by the Mills Brothers, “Honky Tonkin’” by Hank Williams, “The Huckle Buck” by Frank Sinatra, and “Manana” by Peggy Lee

The Baskin-Robbins chain of ice-cream shops began.

Architect Eleanor Raymond completed the Sun House where she used plywood, paneling and prefabrication.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s first tall buildings, the Promontory Apartments, were completed in Chicago.

July 9:  A Nevada court declared prostitution legal in Reno.

Fall: Christian Dior announced the opening of his U.S. branch design house.

August 10:  “Candid Camera” debuted on ABC.

August 15:  The first nightly news broadcast with Douglas Edwards premiered but attracted no sponsors.

September:  designer Adrian opened the Adrian Room at New York’s Gunthers.

September 13:  Margaret Chase Smith of Maine became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

September 21:  Milton Berle was televised headlining the first Texaco Star Theater.

October 6:  The Museum of Modern Art purchased its first work by William de Kooning (Painting).

October 25:  The Supreme Court upheld a New York obscenity ban on Edmund Wilson’s Memoirs of Hecate County.

November 4:  T.S. Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.