1930 in film

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

Events[edit]

  • 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 was the first large scale big-budget film of the sound era costing over $2 million. The film was praised for its aesthetic quality and realism that wouldn't become commonplace until many decades later. However, due to the new film format and the film's release during the great depression, the film would go on to become a financial failure at the box office.

Top grossing films[edit]

Rank Title Actors Studio Gross
1. Hell's Angels Jean Harlow, Ben Lyon, and James Hall United Artists $8,000,000
2. All Quiet on the Western Front Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres Universal $3,000,000
3. Whoopee! Eddie Cantor United Artists $2,655,000
4. Animal Crackers Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, and Zeppo Marx Paramount $1,500,000
5. Anna Christie Greta Garbo, Marie Dressler, and Charles Bickford MGM $1,500,000
6. Feet First Harold Lloyd Paramount $1,300,000
7. The Rogue Song Lawrence Tibbett MGM Unknown
8. The Life of the Party Winnie Lightner Warner Bros. Unknown
9. Hold Everything Winnie Lightner, Joe E. Brown Warner Bros. Unknown
10. Sunny Marilyn Miller MGM Unknown

Academy Awards[edit]

Notable films released in 1930[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

Serials[edit]

Short film series[edit]

Animated short film series[edit]

Beary Bear (1930-1970) The Rainy Day First Love Can Opening The Contest The Race The Robot O Magical 4th Of July! Or (Are You There?) Beary's Birthday The Downer The Nut House The Tooth

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Film debuts[edit]

References[edit]