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1936 in Film & Television History

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 16 Screen Actors Guild incorporates with King Vidor as president
  • Feb 5 "Modern Times", silent film directed by, written by and starring Charlie Chaplin, is released
  • Jul 7 RCA shows 1st real TV program (dancing, film on locomotives, Bonwit Teller fashion show and monologue from Tobacco Road & comedy)
  • Sep 4 RKO Radio Pictures releases "Swing Time", directed by George Stevens, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
  • Nov 2 At 3pm the BBC begins the world's first regular high-definition TV broadcast service from specially constructed studios at Alexandra Palace, North London
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Divorces in Film & TV


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Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1936

  • Jan 9 John Gilbert [Pringle], American silent film screenwriter, director (Love's Penalty), and actor, known as "The Great Lover" (The Merry Widow The Big Parade; Flesh and the Devil), dies of a heart attack at 38
  • Feb 20 Max Schreck, German actor (Nosferatu - "Count Orlok"), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 18 Egon Friedell, Austrian journalist, actor and writer (Kleine Portratgalerie, Der Partylowe), commits suicide to avoid arrest by the Gestapo at 58
  • Apr 24 Finley Peter Dunne, American journalist and humorist (Mr Dooley), dies at 68
  • Apr 26 Tammany Young, American actor, dies at 49

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