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1930 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Mar 31 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next 38 years
  • Apr 1 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany
  • Apr 21 "All Quiet on the Western Front" based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Outstanding Production 1930)
  • Aug 9 Animated character Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's cartoon "Dizzy Dishes"
  • Aug 16 The first color sound cartoon "Fiddlesticks" by Ub Iwerks (ex Walt Disney studio) is released
  • Oct 14 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and featuring debut of Ethel Merman, opens at the Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 272 performances
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Film & TV Awards in 1930

Weddings in Film & TV


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Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1930

  • Feb 23 Mabel Normand [Muriel Fortescue], American silent-film actress, director and comedienne (Mickey), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • Jul 2 Andres Randolf, Danish-American actor (Love of Sunya, Dangerous Curves, The Kiss), dies at 59
  • Aug 26 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera), dies after long illness at 47
  • Sep 15 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), dies from a heart attack at 48
  • Oct 24 Renaat Verheijen, Flemish actor and director (Dr Faustus), dies at 26

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