ⓘ 1930 in film

Wind in the Face

The film tells about a group of Komsomol members who, in the early 1920s, remake the beer hall under the communal hostel. The organizer of the commune Boris together with his wife Nina leads a child and move to the apartment of the parents of the spouse, but they become very uncomfortable there and Boris moves back to the commune. Their city is under threat of flooding. Will the Komsomols save the factorys assets?

Earth (1930 film)

Earth is a 1930 Soviet film by Ukrainian director Alexander Dovzhenko, concerning the process of collectivization and the hostility of Kulak landowners. It is Part 3 of Dovzhenkos "Ukraine Trilogy". Earth is regarded as Dovzhenkos masterpiece.

L'Age d'Or

LAge dOr, commonly translated as The Golden Age or Age of Gold, is a 1930 French surrealist satirical comedy film directed by Luis Buñuel about the insanities of modern life, the hypocrisy of the sexual mores of bourgeois society, and the value system of the Catholic Church. The screenplay is by Salvador Dali and Buñuel. LAge dOr was one of the first sound films made in France, along with Miss Europe and Under the Roofs of Paris.

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930 film)

All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic pre-Code anti-war film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. Directed by Lewis Milestone, it stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander. All Quiet on the Western Front opened to wide acclaim in the United States. Considered a realistic and harrowing account of warfare in World War I, it made the American Film Institutes first 100 Years.100 Movies list in 1998. A decade later, after the same organization polled over 1.500 workers in the creative community, All Quiet on the Western Front ...

Hell's Angels (film)

Hells Angels is a 1930 pre-Code independently made American epic aviation war film, directed and produced by Howard Hughes, that stars Ben Lyon, James Hall, and Jean Harlow. The film, which was written by Harry Behn and Howard Estabrook, was released by United Artists. Though the film was originally shot as a silent, Hughes retooled Hells Angels over a lengthy gestation period. Most of the film is in black-and-white, but there is one color sequence, the only color footage of Harlows career. Controversy during the Hells Angels production contributed to the films notoriety, including the acc ...

                                     

ⓘ 1930 in film

  • September 19: The Love Parade receives a record six Academy Award nominations.
  • September 3: The Hollywood Reporter is first published.
  • March 10: Release of Goodbye Argentina Adios Argentina, the first Argentine film with a musical soundtrack. Ada Cornaro has her first starring role and Libertad Lamarque makes her film debut.
  • November 15: Howard Hughes epic film Hells 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.
  • April 6: William Fox sells his interest in Fox Film for $18 million and Harley L. Clarke becomes president.
  • February 23: Silent screen legend Mabel Normand dies at the age of 37 in Monrovia, California after a lengthy battle with tuberculosis.
  • 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 films release during the Great Depression, the film will go on to become a financial failure at the box office.
                                     

1. Academy Awards

  • Best Actor: George Arliss – Disraeli
  • Best Actress: Norma Shearer – The Divorcee
  • Best Picture: All Quiet on the Western Front – Universal Pictures
  • Best Director: Lewis Milestone – All Quiet on the Western Front
                                     

2. Notable films released in 1930

United States unless stated

  • Prix de Beaute Beauty Prize, starring Louise Brooks – France
  • Her Man, starring Helen Twelvetrees
  • Two Hearts in Waltz Time Zwei Herzen im 3/4 Takt – Germany
  • Borderline, starring Paul Robeson – GB
  • Murder!, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Herbert Marshall – GB
  • St. Jorgens Day Prazdnik svyatogo Yorgena – U.S.S.R.
  • Ladies Love Brutes, a comedy directed by Rowland V. Lee, starring George Bancroft and Mary Astor
  • The Song of Love La canzone dellamore directed by Gennaro Righelli, starring Dria Paola, Isa Pola – Italy
  • Common Clay, starring Constance Bennett
  • Manslaughter, starring Claudette Colbert and Fredric March
  • Journeys End, directed by James Whale – GB/US
  • The Flute Concert of Sanssouci – Germany
  • Imperial and Royal Field Marshal C. a k. polni marsalek – Czechoslovakia
  • Good News, starring Bessie Love, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • Wara Wara, directed by Jose Maria Velasco Maidana; now the only surviving silent Bolivian feature film
  • Ingagi, exploitation-documentary on gorilla-worshiping women encountered by an explorer. Box-office hit was revealed to be a hoax.
  • Hells Angels, directed by Howard Hughes, starring Jean Harlow and Ben Lyon
  • Abi and Rabi by Ovanes Ohanian Iran
  • Alraune March 2, 1930 – Germany
  • Puttin On the Ritz, directed by Edward Sloman, starring Joan Bennett, with Technicolor sequences
  • City Girl, directed by F. W. Murnau
  • The Other Der Andere, directed by Robert Wiene – Germany
  • Westfront 1918 Vier von der Infanterie, directed by G. W. Pabst – Germany
  • The Big Pond, starring Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert
  • Paid, starring Joan Crawford and Robert Armstrong
  • A Lady to Love, starring Edward G. Robinson and Vilma Banky
  • Lord Byron of Broadway, a musical drama with Technicolor sequences
  • Under a Texas Moon, a musical comedy entirely in Technicolor directed by Michael Curtiz
  • The Big House, starring Chester Morris and Wallace Beery
  • LAge dOr The Golden Age, directed by Luis Buñuel November 29, 1930 – France
  • Animal Crackers, starring the Marx Brothers August 23, 1930
  • The Cuckoos, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • The Florodora Girl, directed by Harry Beaumont; starring Marion Davies, Lawrence Gray, and Ilka Chase
  • Call of the Flesh, starring Ramon Novarro, a musical romance with Technicolor sequences
  • Elstree Calling, a British revue with color sequences, co-directed by Alfred Hitchcock – GB
  • The Dawn Patrol, directed by Howard Hawks, starring Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
  • Son of the Gods, a drama with Technicolor sequences starring Richard Barthelmess
  • Ladies of Leisure, starring Barbara Stanwyck
  • No, No, Nanette, directed by Clarence G. Badger
  • Holiday, starring Ann Harding and Mary Astor
  • Reaching for the Moon, starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • The Divorcee, directed by Robert Z. Leonard, starring Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery
  • Abraham Lincoln, starring Walter Huston November 8, 1930
  • Lets Go Native, starring Jack Oakie and Jeanette MacDonald
  • The Devil to Pay!, starring Ronald Colman, Loretta Young, Myrna Loy
  • Follow Thru, starring Charles Buddy Rogers, a musical comedy entirely in Technicolor
  • The Cat Creeps, starring Helen Twelvetrees, a mystery film released by Universal
  • Sweet Kitty Bellairs, a musical comedy entirely in Technicolor
  • Danger Lights, starring Louis Wolheim
  • The Vagabond King, a musical drama entirely in Technicolor starring Jeanette MacDonald
  • Chasing Rainbows, starring Bessie Love, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • The Temporary Widow, starring Lilian Harvey and Laurence Olivier – GB
  • Morocco, starring Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich
  • The W Plan, directed by Victor Saville, starring Brian Aherne and Madeleine Carroll – GB
  • Anna Christie, starring Greta Garbo February 21, 1930
  • Tarakanova, directed by Raymond Bernard – France
  • Big Boy, a musical comedy with Al Jolson
  • The Man from Blankleys, comedy drama directed by Alfred E. Green starring John Barrymore
  • Outside the Law, directed by Tod Browning, starring Edward G. Robinson
  • Earth Zemlya, directed by Alexander Dovzhenko – U.S.S.R.
  • The Golden Age, directed by Luis Buñuel
  • Not So Dumb, directed by King Vidor, starring Marion Davies and Elliott Nugent
  • The Three from the Filling Station Die Drei von der Tankstelle, directed by Wilhelm Thiele and starring Willy Fritsch, Lilian Harvey – Germany
  • Doughboys, a World War I comedy starring Buster Keaton
  • Peacock Alley, a musical drama with Technicolor sequences starring Mae Murray
  • The Blood of a Poet Le Sang dun Poete, directed by Jean Cocteau – France
  • King of Jazz, a revue with Paul Whiteman and his orchestra entirely in Technicolor
  • The Lottery Bride, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences starring Jeanette MacDonald
  • Whoopee!, a musical comedy in Technicolor with Eddie Cantor
  • Night Birds directed by Richard Eichberg Germany/GB
  • Tom Sawyer, starring Jackie Coogan
  • True to the Navy, starring Clara Bow and Fredric March
  • The Bad Man, starring Walter Huston
  • Check and Double Check, a comedy based on Amos n Andy radio show
  • Feet First, a comedy starring Harold Lloyd
  • Street of Chance, starring William Powell and Jean Arthur
  • Nerone, directed by Alessandro Blasetti – Italy
  • The Mystery of the Yellow Room Le Mystere de la chambre jaune, directed by Marcel LHerbier – France
  • Bright Lights, directed by Michael Curtiz, a musical comedy in Technicolor
  • Escape, directed by Basil Dean, starring Gerald du Maurier, Edna Best GB
  • The Girl Said No, directed by Sam Wood
  • All Quiet on the Western Front, directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Lew Ayres April 21, 1930
  • People on Sunday Menschen am Sonntag, directed by Robert Siodmak – Germany
  • Fast and Loose, starring Miriam Hopkins in her film debut, with Carole Lombard and Frank Morgan
  • Der blaue Engel The Blue Angel, directed by Josef von Sternberg, starring Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings – Germany
  • Hells Heroes, directed by William Wyler
  • Young Woodley, directed by Thomas Bentley, starring Madeleine Carroll Britain
  • Spring Is Here musical directed by John Francis Dillon
  • Leathernecking, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences starring Irene Dunne
  • Monte Carlo, directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Jack Buchanan and Jeanette MacDonald
  • Under the Roofs of Paris Sous les toits de Paris, directed by Rene Clair – France
  • Soup to Nuts, a comedy and film debut for The Three Stooges
  • The March of Time, directed by Charles Reisner – United States
  • The Rogue Song, a musical operetta entirely in Technicolor directed by Lionel Barrymore
  • General Crack, a drama with Technicolor sequences starring John Barrymore
  • Bride of the Regiment, starring Walter Pidgeon
  • Just Imagine, directed by David Butler
  • Way for a Sailor, starring John Gilbert and Wallace Beery
  • The Life of the Party, musical comedy entirely in Technicolor directed by Roy Del Ruth
  • Young Man of Manhattan, starring Claudette Colbert, Charles Ruggles and Ginger Rogers
  • Mamba, first talking drama entirely in Technicolor starring Jean Hersholt and Eleanor Boardman
  • Paramount on Parade, an all-star revue with Technicolor sequences
  • Viejo smoking Old Smoking Jacket – Argentina
  • Madam Satan, directed by Cecil B. DeMille
  • The Bat Whispers, starring Chester Morris and Una Merkel
  • Raffles, featuring Ronald Colman and Kay Francis
  • Hold Everything, starring Joe E. Brown, a musical comedy entirely in Technicolor
  • A Man from Wyoming, starring Gary Cooper
  • Min and Bill, starring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery
  • The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu, starring Warner Oland and Jean Arthur
  • Loose Ankles, comedy drama starring Loretta Young and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., directed by Ted Wilde
  • Song o My Heart, a musical starring Irish tenor John McCormack, directed by Frank Borzage, and shot in both 35mm and 70mm Fox Grandeur formats
  • Mammy, a musical comedy starring Al Jolson with Technicolor sequences
  • The Big Trail, starring John Wayne
  • Show Girl in Hollywood, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences directed by Mervyn LeRoy
  • Children of Pleasure, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • Dixiana, starring Bebe Daniels, a lavish musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • High Society Blues, starring Janet Gaynor
                                     

3. Serials

  • The Lightning Express
  • The Voice from the Sky
  • The Jade Box
  • The Indians Are Coming
  • Hunting Tigers in India
  • Across the World with Mr & Mrs Martin Johnson
  • Terry of the Times
  • The Lone Defender, starring Rin Tin
                                     

4. Short film series

  • Night Owls 21 min
  • Buster Keaton 1917–1941
  • Below Zero 20 min
  • Hog Wild 19 min
  • Laurel and Hardy 1921–1943
  • Brats 21 min
  • Another Fine Mess 28 min
  • Our Gang 1922–1944
  • Laughing Gravy 21 min
  • Crying for the Carolines 5 min
                                     

5. Animated short film series

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


                                     

6. Births

  • October 5 – Yuriy Yakovlev, Bulgarian actor died 2002
  • March 24 – Steve McQueen, American actor died 1980
  • May 9 – Joan Sims, English actress died 2001
  • April 1 – Grace Lee Whitney, American actress died 2015
  • October 1 – Richard Harris, Irish actor died 2002
  • February 10 – Robert Wagner, American actor
  • October 23 – Gerard Blain, French actor and director died 2000
  • September 21 – Dawn Addams, English actress died 1985
  • December 9 – Francesco Maselli, Italian director
  • May 11 – Bud Ekins, American actor and stuntman died 2007
  • April 21 – Silvana Mangano, Italian actress died 1989
  • December 17 – Armin Mueller-Stahl, German actor
  • December 11 – Jean-Louis Trintignant, French actor
  • December 3 – Jean-Luc Godard, French director
  • March 6 – Allison Hayes, American actress died 1977
  • September 16 – Anne Francis, American actress died 2011
  • January 30 – Gene Hackman, American actor
  • April 28 – Carolyn Jones, American actress died 1983
  • June 1 – Edward Woodward, English actor and singer died 2009
  • January 10 – Roy E. Disney, American film executive died 2009
  • May 31 – Clint Eastwood, American actor, director and producer
  • August 14 – Liz Fraser, English actress died 2018
  • January 13 – Frances Sternhagen, American actress
  • July 18 – Burt Kwouk, British-Chinese actor died 2016
  • January 3 – Robert Loggia, American actor died 2015
  • January 19 – Tippi Hedren, American actress
  • April 25 – Paul Mazursky, American director and actor died 2014
  • July 10 – Bruce Boa, Canadian actor died 2004
  • February 27 – Joanne Woodward, American actress
  • August 25 – Sir Sean Connery, Scottish-born actor
  • April 24 – Richard Donner, American director and producer
  • June 19 – Gena Rowlands, American actress
  • April 18 – Clive Revill, New Zealand actor


                                     

7. Deaths

  • December 15 – Diane Ellis, American actress born 1909
  • February 23 – Mabel Normand, American actress born 1892
  • January 31 – Dorothy Seastrom, American actress born 1903
  • November 8 – Clare Eames, American actress born 1894
  • August 26 – Lon Chaney, American actor born 1883
  • September 15 – Milton Sills, American actor born 1882
  • September 14 – Tommy Mintz, American actor, assistant director born 1906
  • July 7 – Arthur Conan Doyle, British author and creator of Sherlock Holmes born 1859
                                     

8. Film debuts

  • Maureen OSullivan – So This Is London
  • Hedy Lamarr – Money on the Street
  • Rex Harrison – The Great Game
  • Ruby Keeler – Show Girl in Hollywood
  • Jimmy Durante – Roadhouse Nights
  • Miriam Hopkins – Fast and Loose
  • Penny Singleton – Good News
  • Laurence Olivier – The Temporary Widow
  • Irene Dunne – Leathernecking
  • Pat OBrien – Compliments of the Season
  • James Cagney – Sinners Holiday
  • Bing Crosby – King of Jazz
  • John Carradine – Bright Lights
  • Eleanor Powell – Queen High
  • Spencer Tracy – The Strong Arm
  • Ethel Merman – Her Future
  • Buster Crabbe – Good News
  • Frances Dee – Playboy of Paris