Events in Film & Television in 1938

  • Feb 11 World's first science fiction TV programme - a broadcast of the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek

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Feb 16 "Bringing Up Baby" film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is released

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Mar 10 10th Academy Awards: "The Life of Emile Zola", Spencer Tracy & Luise Rainer win

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Mar 10 "Jezebel" film premieres directed by William Wyler, starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda, from the play by Owen Davis

Actress Bette Davis
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Bette Davis
Actor Henry Fonda
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Henry Fonda
  • Mar 13 World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.

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Mar 26 NBC radio performance of Howard Hanson's 3rd Symphony

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
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Howard Hanson
  • Apr 30 The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End

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May 14 "The Adventures of Robin Hood", directed by Michael Curtiz, William Keighley and starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland is released

  • May 17 Radio quiz show "Information Please!" debuts on NBC Blue Network
  • Jul 26 1st radio broadcast of "Young Widder Brown" on NBC
  • Aug 8 6th Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 14 BBC's 1st feature film on TV (Student of Prague)

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Aug 23 "You Can’t Take It With You" from the play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur premieres. Best Picture (1939)

Actor James Stewart
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James Stewart
Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra

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Oct 30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic

Author H. G. Wells
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H. G. Wells
Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles

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Dec 23 Margaret Hamilton's costume catches fire in filming of "The Wizard of Oz"

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Dec 25 George Cukor announces Vivien Leigh will play Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind"

Actress Vivien Leigh
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Vivien Leigh