Events in Film & Television in 1927

  • Jan 5 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
  • Jan 11 Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC

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

  • Jan 26 Maxwell Anderson's play "Saturday's Children" premieres in New York City
  • 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
  • May 18 Grauman's Chinese Theater opens in Hollywood Calif
  • Aug 1 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
  • Aug 12 "Wings", the only silent film 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
  • 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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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
  • Dec 27 Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Show Boat" premieres in New York City