1932 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 10 "Pete the Tramp" cartoon strip by C D Russell debuts

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 3 "Shanghai Express" directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna Mae Wong premieres in Los Angeles

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich
  • Mar 24 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)
  • Apr 12 "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Short film "The Music Box" starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)

Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel
Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • Apr 28 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio
  • May 2 Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)
  • Jul 28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Béla Lugos is released in the US
  • Aug 6 1st Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 22 BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts
  • Sep 18 Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide by jumping from the letter "H" in the Hollywood sign
  • Oct 11 1st political telecast (Democratic National Committee) at CBS, NYC
  • Oct 20 Journalist Robert Trout joins CBS
  • Nov 7 1st broadcast of "Buck Rogers in the 25th century" on CBS-radio
  • Nov 18 "Flowers & Trees" receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Nov 18 5th Academy Awards: Fredric March and Wallace Beery in 1st ever tie for Best Actor. "Grand Hotel" and Helen Hayes also win.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 28 Groucho Marx performs on radio for the first time

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • Dec 2 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 22 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Dec 22 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 139

  • Jan 3 Mara Corday, actress (Foxfire, Black Scorpion), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 4 Richard Stahl, actor (Howard-It's a Living), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 9 Jane Ross [Breslaw], American actress (Star Trek, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Wild Is My Love), born in NYC, New York (d. 1985)
  • Jan 10 Elaine Devry, American actress
  • Jan 11 Alfonso Arau, Mexican film director
  • Jan 12 Des O'Connor, British television presenter
  • Jan 14 Harriet Andersson, actress (Cries & Whispers), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jan 15 Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jan 19 Richard Lester, movie director (Hard Day's Night, Help!, Petulia)
  • Jan 22 Piper Laurie, [Rosetta Jacobs], actress (Twin Peaks), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 26 Ronald Allison, British author/broadcaster
  • Jan 30 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician
  • Feb 1 John Hart, American TV journalist (CBS News Retrospective, NBC News), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 2 Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom "Soap", born in Clever, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Feb 3 Peggy Ann Garner, actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon), born in Canton, Ohio

Person of interestJohn Williams

Feb 8 John Williams, American composer responsible for some of the most recognizable film scores (Jaws, Star Wars, Harry Potter, India Jones, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in NYC, New York

Composer John Williams
Composer
John Williams
  • Feb 12 Lincoln Kilpatrick, actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 13 Susan Oliver, American actress (Ann-Peyton Place, Star Trek-Cage), born in NYC, New York (d. 1990)
  • Feb 14 Alexander Kluge, German author and film director (Yesterday Girl), born in Halberstadt, Province of Saxony
  • Feb 16 Gretchen Wyler, American actress (Silk Stockings), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • Feb 16 Harry Goz, American actor (d. 2003)
  • Feb 23 Majel Barrett, actress (Christine Chapel-Star Trek), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Feb 24 John Vernon, Canadian actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry)
  • Feb 25 Faron Young, country singer/actor (Hidden Guns, Daniel Boone)

Person of interestElizabeth Taylor

Feb 27 Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress (Father of the Bride, Butterfield 8, Cleopatra), born in London, England (d. 2011)

  • Feb 28 Don Francks, actor (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Mar 3 Mara Corday, American playmate (Oct, 1958), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 6 Jean Boht, English actress (Bread, Distant Voices, Still Lives), born in Bebington, England
  • Mar 9 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Mar 11 Valerie French, actress (Jubal), born in London, England
  • Mar 24 William Smith, Columbia Mo, actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Hawaii 5-0)
  • Apr 1 Alexander Colleridge Vanderpuiye Baka Tetteh-Lartey, actor
  • Apr 1 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • Apr 1 Gordon Jump, actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains), born in Dayton, Ohio

Person of interestAnthony Perkins

Apr 4 Anthony Perkins, American actor (Psycho, Fear Strikes Out, Pretty Poison), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 4 Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), born in Zavrazhye, Russia, Soviet Union (d. 1986)
  • Apr 9 Cheeta, chimpanzee actor
  • Apr 10 Delphine Seyrig, French actress (Freak Orlando, Reperages), born in Beirut Lebanon
  • Apr 10 Hari Rhodes, American actor (Mike-Daktari, Roots), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • Apr 10 Omar Sharif [Michel Dimitri Shalhoub], Egyptian actor (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), born in Alexandria (d. 2015)
  • Apr 11 Joel Grey, [Joe Katz], American actor (Cabaret, Remo Williams, 7% Solution), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 13 Barney Simon, theatre director/writer
  • Apr 14 Bob Grant, English actor (d. 2003)
  • Apr 16 Goopy Geer, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Rudolf Ising(Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Goopy Geer"
  • Apr 21 Elaine May, American comedienne/writer/actress (New Leaf, Primary Colors), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 24 Coen Flink, Dutch actor (Pastorale 1943, Havinck, Honneponnetje), born in Amsterdam (d. 2000)
  • Apr 25 William Roache, English actor (Ken Barlow-Coronation Street), born in Basford, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Apr 26 Francis Lai, French film music composer

Person of interestCasey Kasem

Apr 27 Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • Apr 27 Anouk Aimée, French actress (A Man and A Woman), born in Paris
  • Apr 29 King Hu, film director
  • May 2 Bruce Glover, American actor (Diamonds are Forever), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 3 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 2017)
  • May 5 Will Hutchins, Atwater California, actor (Sugarfoot, Hey Landlord)
  • May 7 Hans Boskamp [Johannes Hendricus Gerardus Hoelscher], Dutch actor and producer (Oh My Papa), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2011)
  • May 8 Phyllida Law, Scottish actress
  • May 9 Geraldine McEwan, English actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), born in Old Windsor Berkshire
  • May 10 Francoise Fabian, Hussein Dey Algeria, actress (Happy New Year)
  • May 15 John Glen, Thames England, actor (Spy Who Loves Me, Backfire)
  • May 19 Claude Blanchard, Quebec comedian and actor (d. 2006)
  • May 26 Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (d. 1980)
  • Jun 4 John Drew Barrymore, American actor (Pantomine Quiz), born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 2004)
  • Jun 6 Billie Whitelaw, British actress (Omen, Adding Machine), born in Coventry, Warwickshire (d. 2014)
  • Jun 10 Gardner McKay, American actor (Pleasure Seekers, Boots & Saddles), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 10 George Burns, British TV host
  • Jun 10 Branko Lustig, film producer
  • Jun 16 David Keylsey, actor/director
  • Jun 19 Marisa Pavan, Cagliari Italy, actress (Solomon & Sheba, Rose Tattoo)
  • Jun 19 Pier Angeli [Anna Maria Pierangeli], Italian actress (Sodom & Gomorrah, Vintage, Battle of the Bulge), born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (d. 1971)
  • Jun 22 Amrish Puri, Indian actor (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom- Mola Ram, Mr. India- Mogambo), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2005)
  • Jun 22 Prunella Scales, English actress
  • Jun 27 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, born in Izmir, Turkey (d. 2015)
  • Jun 28 Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita, Isleton CA, actor (Happy Days, Karate Kid)
  • Jul 2 Ken McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 5 Billy Laughlin, American actor (d. 1948)
  • Jul 6 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • Jul 11 Alex Hassilev, actor and musician (Limeliters), born in Paris, France
  • Jul 11 Bob McGrath, American actor
  • Jul 14 Roosevelt Grier, Cuthbert Ga, NFLer (NY Giants)/actor (Movin' On)
  • Jul 15 Nina Van Pallandt, Copenhagen Denmark, actress (American Gigolo)
  • Jul 16 Milly Vitale, actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jul 18 Robert Ellis Miller, American film director
  • Jul 20 Nam June Paik, Seoul Korea, video artist (Medium is the Medium)
  • Jul 29 Marguerite Empey, [Diane Webber], Los Angelas California, playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956)

Person of interestTed Cassidy

Jul 31 Ted Cassidy, American actor (Lurch-Addams Family), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Jul 31 Sam Coppola, US actor (Saturday Night Fever), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Aug 1 Meena Kumari, Indian film actress (d. 1972)
  • Aug 2 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 3 Elsa Martinelli, Grosseto Italy, actress (Indian Fighter)
  • Aug 6 Anneli Sauli, [Savolainen], actress (Milkmaid)
  • Aug 7 Maria M L "Marijke" Bakker, Dutch actress (Mammaloe-Pipo the Clown)
  • Aug 7 Edward Hardwicke, British actor
  • Aug 17 Chet Allen, Chickasha Oklahoma, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter)
  • Aug 20 Anthony Ainley, British actor (d. 2004)
  • Aug 21 Melvin Van Peebles, American actor and director (Sophisticated Gent), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 3 Richard Tyler, American actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 3 Eileen Brennan, American actress (Laugh-In, Pvt Benjamin), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • Sep 4 Dinsdale Landen, English actor (d. 2003)
  • Sep 9 Sylvia Miles, actress (Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 10 Bo Goldman, American screenwriter

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 1 Film director Frank Capra (34) weds secretary Lucille Reyburn

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • Aug 3 Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger (26) weds Marion Mill

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 18 Actress Bette Davis (24) weds musician Harmon Nelson (25)

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 30 Actor and director Ray Milland (27) weds Muriel Frances Weber


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 7 Henri Stroethoff, Dutch actor (A Chique Little Boy, Bright Paradise), dies at 60
  • Feb 15 Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), dies at 66
  • Jun 22 Tommy Treichel, American professional wrestler (b. 1892)
  • Aug 10 Rin Tin Tin, American Hollywood shepherd dog (Clash of the Wolves), dies at 13
  • Nov 4 Belle Bennett, actress (Iron Mask), dies at 41
  • Nov 23 Percy Pitt, English composer (BBC), dies at 63
  • Nov 27 Evelyn Preer, African-American actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs), dies at 36