Events in Film & Television in 1930

Film & TV History

Jan 30 Vladimir Mayakovsky's drama "The Bathhouse (Bunya)" premieres in Leningrad

  • Mar 31 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next 38 years

Film Premiere

Apr 1 "The Blue Angel" starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough role premieres in Germany

Academy Awards

Apr 3 2nd Academy Awards: "The Broadway Melody", Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win. First time Academy Awards are broadcast on the radio.

  • Apr 18 BBC news announcer announces "there is no news" at 20:45 news bulletin, plays music instead
  • Apr 21 "All Quiet on the Western Front" based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, directed by Lewis Milestone and starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Outstanding Production 1930)
  • Jul 30 1st broadcast of "Death Valley Days" on NBC-radio
  • Aug 9 Animated character Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's cartoon "Dizzy Dishes"
  • Aug 16 The first color sound cartoon "Fiddlesticks" by Ub Iwerks (ex Walt Disney studio) is released
  • Aug 20 Dumont's 1st TV broadcast for home reception (NYC)
  • Sep 24 G Kaufman & M Hart's comedy "Once in a Lifetime" premieres in NY

Theater Premiere

Sep 24 Noël Coward's play "Private Lives" premieres in London

  • Sep 29 Lowell Thomas makes his debut on CBS Radio replacing Floyd Gibbons

Music Premiere

Oct 14 George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and featuring debut of Ethel Merman, opens at the Alvin Theater, NYC; runs for 272 performances

  • Oct 20 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio
  • Oct 22 1st concert of BBC Symphony Orchestra, at Queen's Hall, under Adrian Boult

Academy Awards

Nov 5 3rd Academy Awards: "All Quiet on the Western Front", George Arliss (Disraeli) and Norma Shearer (The Divorcee) win

  • Nov 17 Musical "Sweet & Low" with Fanny Brice premieres in NYC

Contract of Interest

Dec 23 Bette Davis arrives in Hollywood under contract to Universal Studios