1930 in film

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  • 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.
  • 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.

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


Short film series[edit]

Animated short film series[edit]



Film debuts[edit]