Events in Film & Television in 1927

  • Jan 5 Fox Studios exhibits Movietone
  • Jan 10 Fritz Lang's silent film "Metropolis" premieres in Berlin

Film & TV History

Jan 11 Louis B. Mayer head of film studio MGM announces creation of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

  • Jan 11 Royale Theater (Golden, CBS Radio Playhouse) opens at 242 W 45th NYC

Film Release

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

Theater Premiere

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

Film Premiere

Feb 5 "The General", American silent film starring Buster Keaton and Marion Mack, co-directed by Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, premieres in New York City

Film Release

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

Music History

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

World Record

Apr 5 Johnny Weissmuller sets world records in both the 100m and 200m free style swimming events

Millions Come Up to See Mae West

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.

  • 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

Film Release

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)

Jazz 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)

Film Release

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

Music Premiere

Nov 22 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Funny Face", starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire, opens at the new Alvin Theatre, NYC; runs 244 performances

Music History

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

Music Premiere

Dec 28 Arthur Honegger's opera "Antigone" premieres with a libretto by Jean Cocteau, sets by Pablo Picasso and costumes by Coco Chanel at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels