Events in Film & Television in 1928

  • Jan 10 George Gershwin, Sigmund Romberg and P. G. Wodehouse's musical "Rosalie" premieres in New York
  • Jan 13 RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture

Music releaseMusic Recording

Mar 1 Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra record "Ol' Man River" for Victor Records featuring Bing Crosby

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Mar 19 "Amos & Andy" debuts on radio (NBC Blue Network-WMAQ Chicago)

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 9 Mae West's NYC debut in a daring new play "Diamond Lil"

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 21 "The Passion of Joan of Arc", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti and Eugène Silvain, is released in Denmark

French Soldier and National Heroine Joan of Arc
French Soldier and National Heroine
Joan of Arc
  • May 10 WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
  • May 15 Mickey Mouse makes his 1st ever appearance in silent film "Plane Crazy"

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 11 Alfred Hitchcock's film, "Case Of Jonathan Drew," (or "The Lodger") is released

  • Jul 2 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 John Logie Baird demonstrates the first colour television transmission in London

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • Jul 12 1st televised tennis match

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Test footage first created for Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Sep 11 1st ever TV drama WGY's "Queens Messenger" broadcast in the New York area starring Izetta Jewell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Katharine Hepburn's NYC stage debut in "Night Hostess"

  • Nov 18 Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon
  • Nov 26 Philip Barry's play "Holiday" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 12 Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne's play "Wings over Europe" premieres in New York City
  • Dec 23 NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network