Category Archives: movies 1930s

‘The Big Broadcast of 1938’ released in U.S. 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 18 1938)


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(Friday, February 18, 1938)The Big Broadcast of 1938, a musical film about a radio announcer who tries to juggle musical acts and his ex-wives while broadcasting from an ocean liner, was released today in the U.S. (it opened in New York City on Mar. 9, 1938). Continue reading ‘The Big Broadcast of 1938’ released in U.S. 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 18 1938)

‘Bringing Up Baby’ premieres in San Francisco 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 16 1938)


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(Wednesday, February 16, 1938)Bringing Up Baby, an American screwball comedy film about a madcap heiress who upsets the staid existence of a straitlaced scientist, premiered today at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. Continue reading ‘Bringing Up Baby’ premieres in San Francisco 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 16 1938)

‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ premieres in Los Angeles 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 21 1937)


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(Tuesday, December 21, 1937)Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, an American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions about a a jealous queen who attempts to get rid of her beautiful step-daughter, Snow White, who takes refuge with seven dwarfs in their forest home, premiered tonight at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles. Continue reading ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ premieres in Los Angeles 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 21 1937)

‘The Awful Truth’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 4 1937)


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(Thursday, November 4, 1937, doors opened at 11:30 a.m. EST)The Awful Truth, an American screwball comedy film about a divorced couple that keeps getting mixed up in each other’s love lives, opened today at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Continue reading ‘The Awful Truth’ opens in New York City 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 4 1937)

‘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)