Events in Film & Television in 1934

  • Jan 4 1st Dutch talkie movie, Jan Teunissen's "Willem of Orange" premieres

Film Release

Feb 22 "It Happened One Night" directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935)

Academy Awards

Mar 16 6th Academy Awards: "Cavalcade" and its director Frank Lloyd, Charles Laughton (The Private Life of Henry VIII), and Katharine Hepburn (Morning Glory) win; host Will Rogers announces "Come and get it, Frank" and Frank Capra gets up

Contract of Interest

Apr 5 Baseball superstar Babe Ruth agrees to do three 15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC for a fee of $39,000 for 13 weeks; $4,000 more than his NY Yankees playing contract

Film & TV History

Apr 19 Shirley Temple appears in her 1st feature length film, "Stand Up & Cheer"

  • Jun 9 1st appearance of Donald Duck in a cartoon, "The Wise Little Hen"
  • Aug 1 2nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Sep 12 "L'Atalante", French film directed by Jean Vigo, starring Michel Simon, Dita Parlo and Jean Dasté, is released

Film Release

Sep 28 "Judge Priest" film directed by John Ford, starring Will Rogers is released

Film Premiere

Dec 21 French film "Zouzou" premieres in Paris, starring Josephine Baker; 1st black woman to star in a major motion picture

  • Dec 28 Film "Bright Eyes" premieres starring Shirley Temple and featuring the song "On the Good Ship Lollipop"