1932 in Film
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1932 in Film

The following is an overview of 1932 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

Events

The Film Daily Yearbook listed the following as the ten leading headline events of the year.[1]

  • Sidney Kent leaves Paramount Pictures and joins Fox Film
  • Merlin H Aylesworth succeeds Hiram S Brown as president of RKO
  • Jesse L. Lasky leaves Paramount and becomes an independent producer for Fox
  • Sam Katz leaves Paramount
  • James R Grainger leaves Fox and is succeeded by John D Clark formerly of Paramount
  • Publix and Fox decentralization of cinemas
  • New industry program, including standard exhibition contract along lines of 5-5-5, proposed by Motion Picture Theater Owners of America and Allied
  • Joe Brandt retires from Columbia Pictures joins World-Wide and later resigns again
  • Two Radio City theaters open, under direction of "Roxy", with coincident acquisition of the Rockefeller interests of 100,000 shares of RKO stock and 100,000 shares of RCA stock
  • Experimentation with exclusive runs

Other notable events include:

Top-grossing films

Rank Title Studio Worldwide Gross
1. Shanghai Express Paramount Pictures $3,700,000
2. The Kid from Spain United Artists $2,621,000[2]
3. Grand Hotel MGM $2,594,000[3]
4. Tarzan the Ape Man MGM $2,540,000[3]
5. Smilin' Through MGM $2,033,000[3]
6. Emma MGM $1,972,000[3]
7. Prosperity MGM $1,514,000[3]
8. Movie Crazy Harold Lloyd Corporation $1,439,000
9. Rasputin and the Empress MGM $1,379,000[3]
10. As You Desire Me MGM $1,363,000[3]

Top Ten Money Making Stars

Exhibitors selected the following as the Top Ten Money Making Stars for 1931-1932 in Quigley Publishing Company's first annual poll.[4]

Academy Awards

The 5th Academy Awards were conducted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 18, 1932,[5] at a ceremony held at The Ambassador Hotel[5] in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was hosted by Conrad Nagel.[5] Films screened in Los Angeles between August 1, 1931, and July 31, 1932, were eligible to receive awards.[5]

Film poster of Grand Hotel

The Best Picture of the 5th Academy Awards went to Grand Hotel for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Note: Prior to 1933 awards were not based on calendar years, which is how there are no Best Actor, Best Actress or Best Director awards for 1932 films. The 1931-32 awards went to 1931 films.

1932 film releases

U.S.A. unless stated

January-March

April-June

July-September

October-December

Notable films released in 1932

U.S.A. unless stated

Serials

The Shadow of the Eagle poster.

Ordered by release date:

Short film series

Lobby card for the 1932 Laurel and Hardy short film Any Old Port!.

Ordered by release date:

Animated short film series

Ordered by release date of the film series. This list only includes shorts released in 1932:

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

References


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