Events in Film & Television in 1933

Film Premiere

Jan 5 "Cavalcade" based on the play by Noël Coward, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Diana Wynyard and Clive Brook premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1934)

King Kong Premieres

Mar 2 "King Kong" film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

  • May 27 Walt Disney's short film "3 Little Pigs" released (Academy Award Best Animated film 1934)
  • Jun 23 Don McNeill's Pepper Pot (Breakfast Club) begins 35½ year run on NBC

Film Premiere

Jul 6 "Nertsery Rhymes" short film starring Ted Healy and His Stooges premieres, one of the first film appearance of The Three Stooges

  • Aug 23 First televised boxing match — 6-round exhibition at Broadcasting House in London between middleweights Archie Sexton and Lauri Raiteri; aired by BBC-TV
  • Sep 29 Little King, Cartoon Character, by Von Beuren, debuts

Theater Premiere

Oct 2 Eugene O'Neill's comedy play "Ah, Wilderness!" premieres in NYC

  • Nov 17 Marx brothers film "Duck Soup" directed by Leo McCarey and starring the Marx Brothers is released in the US

Film Release

Nov 24 Fred Astaire's 1st film, "Dancing Lady", released

  • Dec 4 Jack Kirkland's play "Tobacco Road" premieres in NYC, became the longest-running play of its time

Contract of Interest

Dec 21 Fox Films signs Shirley Temple aged 5, to a studio contract

Film Release

Dec 29 "Sons of the Desert" film directed by William A. Seiter starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is released