Events in Film & Television in 1930

  • 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 release premierFilm Premier

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

Actress and Singer Marlene Dietrich
Actress and Singer
Marlene Dietrich

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 3 2nd Academy Awards: "The Broadway Melody", Warner Baxter & Mary Pickford win

  • 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 Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's animated 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 29 Lowell Thomas made debuts on CBS Radio replacing Floyd Gibbons

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 14 George Gershwin and Ira Gershin's musical "Girl Crazy" starring Ginger Rogers and Ethel Merman premieres in NYC

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • Oct 20 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio
  • Oct 22 1st concerto of BBC Symphony Orchestra, under Adrian Boult

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Nov 18 Musical "Smiles" with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope

AgreementContract of Interest

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

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis