Category Archives: movies 1930s

‘Topper’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 19 1937)


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(Thursday, August 19, 1937, doors opened at 9:45 a.m.)Topper, an American supernatural comedy film about a fun-loving couple who returns from the dead to help a henpecked husband, opened today at Capitol Theatre in New York City. Continue reading ‘Topper’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 19 1937)

‘The Life of Emile Zola’ premieres in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 11 1937)


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(Wednesday, August 11, 1937, 8:30 p.m. EDT)The Life of Emile Zola, an American biographical film about French author Émile Zola, the famed writer who risked his reputation to defend a Jewish army officer accused of treason, premiered tonight at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City. Continue reading ‘The Life of Emile Zola’ premieres in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 11 1937)

‘A Day at the Races’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 17 1937)


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(Thursday, June 17, 1937, doors opened at 9:45 a.m. EDT)A Day at the Races, the seventh film starring the three Marx Brothers, about a group of zanies who try to save a pretty girl’s sanitarium, opened today at Capitol theater in New York City. Continue reading ‘A Day at the Races’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 17 1937)

Film star Jean Harlow, 26, dies in Hollywood 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 7 1937)


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(Monday, June 7, 1937, 11:37 a.m. PDT) — American film actress and sex symbol Jean Harlow, 26, died today at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles of cerebral edema, a complication of kidney failure. Continue reading Film star Jean Harlow, 26, dies in Hollywood 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 7 1937)

‘Shall We Dance’ opens in Baltimore, Chicago 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 29 1937)


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(Thursday, April 29, 1937)Shall We Dance, the seventh of the ten Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical comedy films, opened today in Baltimore and Chicago. Continue reading ‘Shall We Dance’ opens in Baltimore, Chicago 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 29 1937)

Ronald Reagan takes a screen test in Hollywood 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1937)


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(Monday, March 15, 1937) — While attending spring training on Catalina Island, California, with the Chicago Cubs, Ronald Reagan, 26, took a screen test today in Hollywood that led to a seven-year contract with Warner Bros.
Continue reading Ronald Reagan takes a screen test in Hollywood 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 15 1937)

‘Camille’ premieres in Palm Springs, California 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 12 1936)


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(Saturday, December 12, 1936, evening PST)Camille, an American romantic drama film about a kept woman who runs off with a young admirer in search of love and happiness, premiered tonight at the Plaza Theater in Palm Springs, California. Continue reading ‘Camille’ premieres in Palm Springs, California 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 12 1936)

‘My Man Godfrey’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 17 1936)


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(Thursday, September 17, 1936, 10:15 a.m. EDT)My Man Godfrey, a screwball comedy film about a zany heiress who tries to help a tramp by making him the family butler, opened this morning at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The film was directed by Gregory La Cava and starred William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Jean Dixon, Eugene Pallette and Alan Mowbray.

‘Swing Time’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour (Aug 27 1936)


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(Thursday, August 27, 1936, 10:05 a.m. EDT)Swing Time, a musical comedy film about a dancer who tries to make it big to prove himself worthy of his fiancee only to fall for his dancing partner, opened this morning at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The film was directed by George Stevens and starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

‘Mr. Deeds Goes to Town’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour (Apr 16 1936)


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(Thursday, April 16, 1936, 10:00 a.m. EST)Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, a screwball comedy about a small-town poet who has to deal with the corruption of city life when he inherits a fortune, opened this morning at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The film was directed by Frank Capra and starred Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur and George Bancroft.