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/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
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

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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