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1929 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 27 year old William S Paley becomes CBS president
  • Jan 8 CBS radio network buys WABC in NYC
  • Jan 26 Rube Goldberg's "The Inventions of Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts, A.K.," cartoon series first published in "Colliers Weekly"
  • Feb 1 "The Broadway Melody" directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Bessie Love is released. 1st film with sound to win an Oscar (Outstanding Picture 1930)
  • Feb 5 Jimmy Hatlo's "They'll Do It Every Time" cartoon debuts in San Francisco
  • May 11 1st regularly scheduled TV broadcasts (3 nights per week)
  • May 16 1st Academy Awards: "Wings", Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor win
  • Sep 2 WOR (NYC) ends affiliation with CBS radio network
  • Oct 24 Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio
  • Nov 4 John L. Balderston's play "Berkeley Square" starring Leslie Howard premieres in NYC

Film & TV Awards in 1929

Weddings in Film & TV


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Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1929

  • Feb 12 Lillie Langtry [Emilie Charlotte Le Breton], American actress (His Neighbor's Wife), dies at 75
  • Jun 9 Lewis Bennison, American actor (The Road Called Straight), commits suicide at 44
  • Jul 2 Gladys Brockwell, American actress (Long Pants, Oliver Twist), dies in an automobile accident at 34
  • Jul 3 Dustin Farnum, American actor (Squaw Man, Virginian, The Flaming Frontier), dies at 55
  • Aug 2 Mae Costello [Altschuk], American actress (The Joys of a Jealous Wife), dies of heart disease at 47

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