Events in Film & Television in 1931

  • Jan 22 VARA begins experimental TV broadcast in Diamantbeurs Amsterdam
  • Jan 26 "Cimarron" directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne premieres in New York. 1st western to win Best Outstanding Production/Picture (1931)

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Jan 30 "City Lights", American silent romantic comedy film directed by Charlie Chaplin, starring himself and Virginia Cherrill, premieres at Los Angeles Theater

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin

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Feb 14 The original "Dracula" film starring Bela Lugosi as the titular vampire, is released

  • Mar 14 1st theater built for rear movie projection (NYC)
  • Mar 27 Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor
  • Apr 6 1st broadcast of "Little Orphan Annie" on NBC-radio

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Apr 6 "A Connecticut Yankee" film based on novel by Mark Twain, directed by David Butler, starring Will Rogers is released

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
Author Mark Twain
Author
Mark Twain
  • May 1 Singer Kate Smith begins her long-running radio program on CBS
  • May 11 "M" Fritz Lang's first sound film starring Peter Lorre premieres in Berlin

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Sep 2 Bing Crosby makes his solo radio debut

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Oct 30 W2XB TV channel 1 in NYC, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

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Nov 10 4th Academy Awards: "Cimarron", Lionel Barrymore & Marie Dressler win