Events in Film & Television in 1938

Sports History

Feb 11 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

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

Film Release

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

  • Feb 17 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV (London)

Film Premiere

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

Academy Awards

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

  • Mar 13 World News Roundup is broadcast for the first time on CBS Radio in the United States.

Music Premiere

Mar 16 Noël Coward's musical "Operette" premieres in London

Radio History

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

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

Film Premiere

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

  • 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)

Film Premiere

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)

Panic Over War of the Worlds

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

Music History

Nov 27 Bergen County (New Jersey) sheriff's department arrests American singer Frank Sinatra (23) on charge of "seduction", later withdrawn and amended to adultery, and shortly thereafter case dismissed

Film & TV History

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