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1932 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • 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)
  • Apr 16 Short film "The Music Box" released in the US, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)
  • Apr 29 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio, longest-running dramatic serial on US radio (ends 1959)
  • Jul 28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Bela Lugosi is released in the US
  • Aug 22 BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts
  • Nov 7 1st broadcast of "Buck Rogers in the 25th century" on CBS-radio
  • Dec 22 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film
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Film & TV Awards in 1932

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Feb 1 Film director Frank Capra (34) weds secretary Lucille Reyburn
  • Jul 2 Platinum blonde screen goddess Jean Harlow (21) weds MGM producer Paul Bern (42)
  • Aug 3 Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director Otto Preminger (26) weds Marion Mill; divorce in 1949

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Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1932

  • Jan 7 Henri Stroethoff, Dutch actor (A Chique Little Boy, Bright Paradise), dies at 60
  • Feb 15 Minnie Maddern Fiske, American 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, American actress (Stella Dallas, Iron Mask), dies of cancer at 41

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