1930 in Film
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1930 in Film

The following is an overview of 1930 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

Events

  • March 10: Release of Goodbye Argentina (Adiós Argentina), the first Argentine film with a (musical) soundtrack. Ada Cornaro has her first starring role and Libertad Lamarque makes her film debut.
  • April 6: William Fox sells his interest in Fox Film for $18 million and Harley L Clarke becomes president[1][2]
  • September 3: The Hollywood Reporter is first published
  • September 19: The Love Parade receives a record six Academy Award nominations
  • November 1: The Big Trail featuring a young John Wayne in his first starring role is released in both 35mm and a very early form of 70mm film. It is the first large scale big-budget film of the sound era, costing over $2 million. The film is praised for its aesthetic quality and realism that will not become commonplace until many decades later. However, due to the new film format and the film's release during the Great Depression, the film will go on to become a financial failure at the box office.
  • November 15: Howard Hughes epic film Hell's Angels is released and features Jean Harlow in her first major role as well as some impressive aerial sequences. The film is a huge success and would go on to gross $8 million and launch Harlow as one of the 1930s' biggest stars.

Top-grossing films

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Tom Sawyer Paramount Pictures $11,000,000
2. Hell's Angels United Artists $8,000,000
3. Ingagi Congo Pictures $4,000,000
4. All Quiet on the Western Front Universal Pictures $3,000,000[3]
5. Whoopee! United Artists $2,655,000[4]
6. Check and Double Check RKO $1,810,000[5]
7. Min and Bill MGM $1,760,000[6]
8. The Big House MGM $1,715,000[6]
9. Common Clay Fox Film $1,700,000[4]
10. The Dawn Patrol First National Pictures $1,624,000[7]
11. The Rogue Song MGM $1,610,000[6]

Academy Awards

Notable films released in 1930

U.S.A. unless stated

Serials

Short film series

Animated short film series

  • Felix the Cat (1919-1936)
    • April Maze (7 min)
    • Skulls and Sculls
    • Hootchy Cootchy Parlais Vous
  • Aesop's Film Fables (1921-1933)
  • Krazy Kat (1925-1940)
  • Mickey Mouse (1928-1953)
    • Fiddling Around (7 min)
    • The Barnyard Concert (6 min)
    • The Cactus Kid
    • Wild Waves
    • The Fire Fighters
    • The Shindig
    • The Chain Gang
    • The Gorilla Mystery
    • The Picnic
    • Pioneer Days
    • Minnie's Yoo-Hoo
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
  • Silly Symphonies
    • Summer
    • Autumn
    • The Cannibal Capers
    • Night
    • Frolicking Fish
    • Arctic Antics
    • Midnight in a Toyshop
    • Monkey Melodies
    • Winter
    • Playful Pan
  • Screen Songs (1929-1938)
    • Prisoner's Song (8 min)
  • Talkartoons (1929-1932)
    • Dizzy Dishes (first Betty Boop cartoon)
    • Barnacle Bill (second Betty Boop cartoon)
  • Looney Tunes (1930-1969)
    • Sinkin' in the Bathtub
    • Congo Jazz
    • Hold Anything
    • The Booze Hangs High
    • Box Car Blues
  • Flip the Frog (1930-1933)
    • The Village Barber (7 min)
    • Puddle Pranks (7 min)
    • Cuckoo Murder Case (8 min)
    • Little Orphan Willie
    • Flying Fists (7 min)
  • Terrytoons (1930-1964)
  • Toby the Pup (1930-1931)
    • The Museum
    • Toby the Miner
    • Toby the Fiddler
    • Toby the Showman
    • The Bug House
  • "Beary Bear" (1930-1949)
    • "Experiment Gone Wrong"
    • "Hickory's Hijinks"
    • "Piano Problems"
    • "Oh Deer!"
    • "Bushy the Lion"
    • "Trouble in Paris"

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

References

  1. ^ "Fox Controversy is Settled". The Film Daily. April 7, 1930. p. 1. Retrieved 2018. 
  2. ^ "The Fox Reorganization". Variety. April 9, 1930. p. 3. Retrieved 2018. 
  3. ^ "Biggest Money Pictures". Variety. June 21, 1932. p. 1. 
  4. ^ a b "The All Time Best Sellers". International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38. Quigley Publishing Company. p. 942. Retrieved 2018. 
  5. ^ Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p56
  6. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles, California: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  7. ^ Glancy, H Mark (1995). "Warner Bros Film Grosses, 1921-51: the William Schaefer ledger". Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television. 15. 

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