Events in Film & Television in 1937

  • Jan 25 1st broadcast of "Guiding Light" on NBC radio

Academy Awards

Mar 4 9th Academy Awards: "The Great Ziegfeld", Paul Muni & Luise Rainer wins

Radio History

Mar 14 Battle of the Century: Fred Allen & Jack Benny meet on radio during their "feud"

  • Apr 28 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC)

Music History

May 19 John Murray and Allen Boretz's stage comedy "Room Service", starring Sam Levene, Eddie Albert, and Phillip Loeb, opens at the Cort Theatre, NYC; runs for 500 performances

Music History

Jul 3 Del Mar Turf Club, with crooner Bing Crosby as president and actor Pat O'Brien as a club officer, opens for racing

  • Jul 19 Joris Ivens' "Spanish Earth" premieres in Hollywood
  • Aug 10 5th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 11 "The Life of Emile Zola" directed by William Dieterle and starring Paul Muni premieres in New York (Best Picture 1938)

Film Release

Sep 2 Film "The Prisoner of Zenda" based on the novel and play by Anthony Hope, starring Ronald Colman, Madeleine Carroll and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is released

Historic Publication

Sep 21 J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published by George Allen and Unwin in London

  • Nov 13 NBC forms first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio
  • Dec 12 NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV vans onto the streets of NY

Film Premiere

Dec 21 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the first full-length animated feature film and the earliest in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre, Los Angeles

Radio Premiere

Dec 25 Arturo Toscanini conducts 1st "Symphony of the Air" concert over NBC Radio

Radio History

Dec 27 Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC radio

Pro Wrestling

Dec 29 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win NWA World heavyweight title - youngest ever