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Events in Film & Television in 1927

  • Jan 5 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
  • Jan 10 Fritz Lang's silent film "Metropolis" premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 11 Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC
  • Jan 11 Louis B. Mayer head of film studio MGM announces creation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Jan 24 Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film as director - The Pleasure Garden, in England

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Jan 26 Maxwell Anderson's play "Saturday's Children" premieres in New York City

Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson
  • Feb 5 "The General", American silent film directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, starring Al Boasberg, premieres in New York City

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Feb 15 Silent film "It" is released in the US starring Clara Bow

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow

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Feb 16 Noël Coward's "Marquise" premieres in London

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward

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Apr 5 Johnny Weissmuller set records in 100 & 200 m free style

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller

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Apr 19 Actress Mae West found guilty of “obscenity and corrupting the morals of youth” in a New York stage play entitled "Sex". She is sentenced to 10 days in prison and fined $500, the resulting publicity launches her Hollywood career.

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Mae West at the height of her career
Mae West at the height of her career
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  • May 18 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood, California
  • Jun 5 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record
  • Aug 1 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
  • Aug 12 "Wings", one of only two silent films - the other being The Artist in 2011 - to win an Oscar for best picture, opens starring Clara Bow (Outstanding Picture 1929)
  • Sep 7 Philo Farnsworth demonstrates the first use of his electronic television in San Francisco

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Sep 23 "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans", directed by F. W. Murnau, starring George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor, is released (Academy Awards Unique and Artistic Picture 1927)

Actress Janet Gaynor
Actress
Janet Gaynor

Jazz Singer Sounds Death Knell for Silent MoviesJazz Singer Sounds Death Knell for Silent Movies

Oct 6 "The Jazz Singer", directed by Alan Crosland, starring Al Jolson and May McAvoy, released, 1st film with a soundtrack (Honorary Academy Award 1928)

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An advertising  poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
An advertising poster for The Jazz Singer distributed by Warner Brothers
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Oct 8 "The Second Hundred Years" silent short film released starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - 1st Laurel and Hardy film with them appearing as a team

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
Comedian and Actor Stan Laurel
Comedian and Actor
Stan Laurel

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Dec 27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern