Events in Film & Television in 1932

  • Jan 10 "Pete the Tramp" cartoon strip by C D Russell debuts

Film Premiere

Feb 3 "Shanghai Express" directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook and Anna Mae Wong premieres in Los Angeles

Olympic Gold

Feb 12 Sonja Henie of Norway wins her 2nd of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in women’s figure skating at the Lake Placid Winter Games; beats Austria’s Fritzi Burger into 2nd place for 2nd straight Games

  • Feb 14 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show debuts on CBS radio, airing there until 1937, moving to NBC until 1949, and returning to CBS in 1949, before moving to television
  • Feb 15 George Burns & Gracie Allen debut as regulars on the "Guy Lombardo Show"
  • Feb 18 Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title
  • Mar 24 1st US radio broadcast from a moving train (Belle Baker WABC from MD)

Radio Premiere

Mar 29 Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan's New York interview program

Film Release

Apr 2 "Tarzan the Ape Man" released starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the first of his 12 Tarzan films

Theater Premiere

Apr 4 George Bernard Shaw's comedy play "Too True To Be Good" premieres in NYC; runs for 59 performances

Film Premiere

Apr 12 "Grand Hotel" directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore premieres in New York, includes the line "I want to be alone" (Best Picture/Production 1932)

Film Release

Apr 16 Short film "The Music Box" released in the US, starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy (1932 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film)

  • Apr 29 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio, longest-running dramatic serial on US radio (ends 1959)

Radio Premiere

May 2 Jack Benny's 1st radio show premieres (NBC Blue Network)

  • May 25 Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in 'Mickey's Revue' by Walt Disney

Film Release

Jul 28 "White Zombie" - 1st feature length zombie film directed by Victor Halperin and starring Bela Lugosi is released in the US

  • Aug 6 1st Venice Film Festival opens, the world's oldest film festival
  • Aug 22 BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts
  • Sep 18 Actress Peg Entwistle commits suicide by jumping from the letter "H" in the Hollywood sign

Film Premiere

Sep 29 Film "Bill of Divorcement" starring John Barrymore and Katharine Hepburn, directed by George Cukor premieres at the Mayfair

  • Oct 11 1st political telecast (Democratic National Committee) at CBS, NYC
  • Oct 20 Journalist Robert Trout joins CBS

Film Premiere

Oct 22 Film "Red Dust" directed by Victor Fleming, starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Mary Astor premieres

  • Oct 23 "Fred Allen Show" premieres on radio
  • Nov 7 1st broadcast of "Buck Rogers in the 25th century" on CBS-radio
  • Nov 15 Walt Disney Art School created
  • Nov 18 "Flowers & Trees" receives 1st Academy Award for a cartoon

Academy Awards

Nov 18 5th Academy Awards: Fredric March and Wallace Beery in 1st ever tie for Best Actor. "Grand Hotel" and Helen Hayes also win.

Radio Premiere

Nov 28 Groucho Marx performs on radio for the first time

Music Premiere

Nov 29 Cole Porter's musical "Gay Divorcee" opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC, later transferred to the Schubert Theater; runs for 248 performances

  • Dec 2 "Adventures of Charlie Chan" 1st heard on NBC-Blue radio network

Film Release

Dec 22 "The Mummy" directed by Karl Freund and starring Boris Karloff is released in the US - 1st Mummy horror film

Film Premiere

Dec 29 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers' 1st joint movie "Flying Down to Rio," directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC