ⓘ 1929 in film


Madame X (1929 film)

Madame X is a 1929 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Lionel Barrymore, and starring Ruth Chatterton as a fallen woman who longs to be reunited with her son. The film is based on the 1908 play Madame X by French playwright Alexandre Bisson.


The Iron Mask

The Iron Mask is a 1929 American part-talkie adventure film directed by Allan Dwan. It is an adaptation of the last section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, pere, which is itself based on the French legend of the Man in the Iron Mask.


The Mysterious Island (1929 film)

The Mysterious Island is a 1929 American science fiction film directed by Lucien Hubbard based on Jules Vernes 1874 novel LIle mysterieuse. It was photographed largely in two-color Technicolor and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a part-talkie, with some scenes that featured audible dialog and some that had only synchronized music and sound effects.


Alibi (1929 film)

Alibi is a 1929 American pre-Code crime film directed by Roland West. The screenplay was written by West and C. Gardner Sullivan, who adapted the 1927 Broadway stage play, Nightstick, written by Elaine Sterne Carrington, J.C. Nugent, Elliott Nugent, and John Wray. Alternative titles include The Perfect Alibi and Nightstick. The movie is a crime melodrama starring Chester Morris, Harry Stubbs, Mae Busch, and Eleanore Griffith. Director West experimented a great deal with sound, music, and camera angles.


Rain (1929 film)

Rain is a 1929 Dutch short documentary film directed by Mannus Franken and Joris Ivens. It premiered on December 14, 1929, in the Amsterdam Filmligas theater, De Uitkijk.


The Haunted House (1929 film)

The Haunted House, also known as Haunted House, is a 1929 Mickey Mouse short animated film released by Celebrity Productions, as part of the Mickey Mouse film series. The cartoon was produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Celebrity Productions. It was the fourteenth Mickey Mouse short to be produced, the eleventh of that year. The film follows Mickey Mouse trapped in a haunted house and forced to play music. It was directed by Walt Disney who also provided the voice of Mickey; Ub Iwerks was the primary animator and Carl Stalling wrote the original music. The Haunted House b ...

1929 in film

ⓘ 1929 in film

The days of the silent film are numbered. A mad scramble to provide synchronized sound is on.

  • November 10 – Premiere of John Griersons documentary film Drifters about North Sea herring fishermen, made for the Empire Marketing Board, effectively inaugurating the British Documentary Film Movement. It debuts at the private Film Society in London on a double-bill with the U.K. premiere of Eisensteins The Battleship Potemkin.
  • August 20 – Hallelujah! is the first Hollywood film to contain an entire black cast.
  • May 26 – Fox Grandeur News is shown in Fox Films new widescreen 70 mm Grandeur film format
  • July 13 – The first all color talkie in Technicolor, On with the Show, is released by Warner Bros. who lead the way in a new color revolution just as they had ushered in that of the talkies.
  • November – Warner Bros. gain complete control of First National Pictures buying Fox Films 36% stake for $10 million
  • July 17 – William Fox is badly injured in a car accident which kills his chauffeur.
  • March 3 – William Fox announces that he has taken control of Loews Inc., including its subsidiary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, buying shares from Marcus Loews widow and sons and Nicholas Schenck for $50 million. The acquisition eventually falls through.
  • December – Anti-trust suits are filed against William Fox and Warner Bros. by the US Department of Justice for Foxs acquisition of Loews and Warners acquisition of the Stanley Corporation of America and First National.
  • May 16 – The first Academy Awards are distributed at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
  • October 24 – Jean Harlow signs a five-year, $100 per week contract with Howard Hughes.
  • October 30 – Entertainment newspaper Variety report that Wall Street Lays An Egg leading to many prominent showman and film stars losing money on their investments.
  • September – Paramount Pictures acquires 49% of CBS.
  • February 18 – The first Academy Awards, or Oscars, are announced for the year ended August 1, 1928.
  • August 3 – The Cock-Eyed World beats every known gross for any box office attraction throughout the world with a reported first week gross of $173.391 at the Roxy Theatre New York City.
  • February 1 – The Broadway Melody is released by MGM and becomes the first major musical film of the sound era, sparking a host of imitators as well as a series of Broadway Melody films that will run until 1940.
  • August 22 – First in the Walt Disney Productions animated short Silly Symphony series, The Skeleton Dance, is released.
  • November 15 – U.K. release of Atlantic, a film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic which is one of the first British sound-on-film movies and, in its simultaneously-shot German-language version, the first to be released in Germany; also the first Titanic movie with sound.

1. Academy Awards

The 2nd Academy Awards honored the best films released between August 1, 1928, and July 31, 1929. They took place on April 3, 1930, at an awards banquet in the Cocoanut Grove of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Most nominations: In Old Arizona Fox Film Corporation – 5

  • Best Director: Frank Lloyd – The Divine Lady
  • Best Actress: Mary Pickford – Coquette
  • Best Actor: Warner Baxter – In Old Arizona
  • Best Picture: The Broadway Melody MGM

Most awards – no film won more than 1 award

Note: Prior to 1933, awards were not based on calendar years. Best Picture, Actress and Director went to 1930 films.


2. Notable films released in 1929

United States unless stated otherwise.

  • Eternal Love, directed by Ernst Lubitsch starring John Barrymore
  • The Rescue, starring Ronald Colman and Lili Damita
  • The Kiss, starring Greta Garbo and Conrad Nagel
  • Redskin, starring Richard Dix, a drama with Technicolor sequences
  • The Great Gabbo, a musical drama with Multicolor sequences
  • The Vagabond Lover, starring Rudy Vallee
  • The Flying Scotsman, starring Moore Marriott and Ray Milland – GB
  • The New Babylon Novyy Vavilon – USSR
  • Navy Blues, directed by Clarence Brown
  • The Clue of the New Pin – Britain
  • Woman in the Moon Frau im Mond, directed by Fritz Lang – Germany
  • Piccadilly, a melodrama starring Anna May Wong and Gilda Gray – GB
  • The Virginian, starring Gary Cooper and Walter Huston
  • Turksib – USSR
  • Hot for Paris, from Fox Film Corporation
  • The Awful Truth
  • The Return of the Rat, directed by Graham Cutts and starring Ivor Novello – GB
  • Land Without Women, starring Conrad Veidt – Germany
  • Fraulein Else, starring Elisabeth Bergner – Germany
  • The Alley Cat, directed by Hans Steinhoff – GB/Germany
  • The White Hell of Pitz Palu Die weiSe Holle vom Piz Palu, starring Leni Riefenstahl – Germany
  • The Cocoanuts, starring the Marx Brothers
  • A Cottage on Dartmoor, directed by Anthony Asquith – GB
  • Atlantic, starring Madeleine Carroll, the first sound film made in Germany and the first sound Titanic movie – GB
  • A Throw of Dice – Germany/GB/India
  • The Wrecker Der Wurger – GB/Germany
  • The Show of Shows, starring John Barrymore and Loretta Young, a musical revue with Technicolor sequences
  • The Informer, directed by Arthur Robison, starring Lya De Putti, Lars Hanson – GB
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • Rio Rita, starring Bebe Daniels – a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • St. Louis Blues, starring Bessie Smith
  • The River, directed by Frank Borzage
  • Paris, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • Wait and See, directed by Walter Forde – Britain
  • Street Girl, directed by Wesley Ruggles, RKOs first "official" film
  • The Broadway Melody, musical comedy starring Charles King, Anita Page and Bessie Love
  • Marianne, starring Marion Davies
  • Drifters, documentary by John Grierson – GB
  • Married in Hollywood, a musical romance with Multicolor sequences
  • Un Chien Andalou, a short film by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali – France
  • Sally, a musical comedy entirely in Technicolor
  • Den starkaste, directed by Alf Sjoberg – Sweden
  • Pointed Heels, starring William Powell, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • The Iron Mask, starring Douglas Fairbanks
  • The Hole in the Wall, starring Claudette Colbert, Edward G. Robinson
  • Diary of a Lost Girl Tagebuch einer Verlorenen, directed by G. W. Pabst, starring Louise Brooks – Germany
  • Fancy Baggage, a part-talkie from Warner Brothers Pictures starring Audrey Ferris and Myrna Loy
  • The Manxman, directed by Alfred Hitchcock – GB
  • The Letter
  • Disraeli, starring George Arliss and Joan Bennett
  • Hallelujah, directed by King Vidor
  • Dangerous Curves, starring Clara Bow and Richard Arlen
  • Melody of the Heart, directed by Hanns Schwarz, starring Willy Fritsch – Germany
  • The Lady Lies, starring Walter Huston and Claudette Colbert
  • Smilin Guns, a Hoot Gibson Western-comedy
  • After the Verdict, directed by Henrik Galeen, starring Olga Chekhova and Warwick Ward – GB
  • The Skeleton Dance, a Walt Disney animated short
  • Coquette, Directed by Sam Taylor, starring Mary Pickford, Johnny Mack Brown, Matt Moore
  • The Saturday Night Kid, with Clara Bow, Jean Arthur, and a small early role for Jean Harlow uncredited
  • The Three Kings, directed by Hans Steinhoff, starring Henry Edwards, Evelyn Holt Britain/Germany
  • Rain, directed by Joris Ivens Netherlands
  • Words and Music, first movie in which John Wayne is credited as Duke Morrison
  • The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu, starring Warner Oland and Jean Arthur
  • Applause, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, starring Helen Morgan
  • The American Prisoner, directed by Thomas Bentley, starring Carl Brisson, Madeleine Carroll Britain
  • Thunder, directed by William Nigh, starring Lon Chaney and Phyllis Haver
  • A Knight in London, starring Lilian Harvey – GB/Germany
  • The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna, directed by Hanns Schwarz – Germany
  • Salute, directed by John Ford and David Butler and starring George OBrien, Helen Chandler and William Janney
  • The Trespasser, directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Gloria Swanson and Robert Ames
  • The Love Parade, starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald
  • Hardboiled Rose, a part-talkie starring Myrna Loy
  • Big Business, a Laurel and Hardy short
  • The General Line Старое, directed by Sergei Eisenstein – U.S.S.R.
  • The Bridge of San Luis Rey, starring Lili Damita
  • Lady of the Pavements, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring Lupe Velez and William Boyd
  • Wild Orchids, starring Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone and Nils Asther
  • Wall Street, starring Ralph Ince
  • The Four Feathers, starring Richard Arlen and Fay Wray
  • The Hollywood Revue of 1929, a showcase of talent under contract to MGM
  • Broadway, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • Finis Terræ, directed by Jean Epstein – France
  • Side Street, starring the Moore Brothers
  • Man with a Movie Camera Chelovek s kinoapparatom, a documentary – USSR
  • In Old Arizona, starring Warner Baxter
  • Where East Is East, directed by Tod Browning; starring Lon Chaney, Lupe Velez and Estelle Taylor
  • Syncopation
  • High Treason directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Jameson Thomas and Benita Hume – GB
  • Show Boat, a part-talkie based not on the famous musical, but on the Edna Ferber novel that inspired it
  • The Desert Song, a musical operetta with Technicolor sequences
  • The Three Passions, directed by Rex Ingram – GB
  • Hearts in Dixie, starring Clarence Muse and Stepin Fetchit, drama/musical
  • Alibi, starring Chester Morris and Mae Busch
  • Resia Boroboedoer, only film of the Nancing Film Corp. – Dutch East Indies
  • Berth Marks, a Laurel and Hardy short produced by Hal Roach
  • Les Mysteres du Chateau De The Mysteries of the Chateau of Dice, directed by and starring Man Ray – France
  • Kitty, directed by Victor Saville Britain
  • Lucky Star, directed by Frank Borzage, starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell
  • Why Be Good?
  • This Thing Called Love, starring Edmund Lowe and Constance Bennett, a musical romance with Technicolor sequences; considered lost
  • Asphalt, starring Gustav Frohlich – Germany
  • Desert Nights, a silent film starring John Gilbert
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles, directed by Richard Oswald, starring Carlyle Blackwell and Alexander Murski Germany
  • Gold Diggers of Broadway, a musical comedy entirely in Technicolor
  • Glorifying the American Girl, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • Thunderbolt, directed by Josef von Sternberg, starring George Bancroft and Fay Wray
  • Blackmail, directed by Alfred Hitchcock – GB
  • The Mysterious Island, starring Lionel Barrymore
  • Wonder of Women
  • Dynamite, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Conrad Nagel and Kay Johnson
  • Ludwig II, King of Bavaria Ludwig der Zweite, Konig von Bayern, directed by & starring William Dieterle – Germany
  • The Single Standard, directed by John S. Robertson, starring Greta Garbo & Nils Asther
  • Welcome Danger, starring Harold Lloyd
  • Sunny Side Up, starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, a musical comedy with Technicolor sequences
  • The Locked Door, starring Rod La Rocque and Barbara Stanwyck
  • The Canary Murder Case, starring William Powell, Louise Brooks, Jean Arthur
  • Footlights and Fools, a musical comedy entirely in Technicolor
  • Devil-May-Care, starring Ramon Novarro – a musical romance with Technicolor sequences
  • The Flying Fleet, starring Ramon Novarro, Ralph Graves, Anita Page, and Edward Nugent
  • Spite Marriage, a Buster Keaton film
  • Arsenal a.k.a. January Uprising in Kiev in 1918 – USSR
  • The Organist at St. Vitus Cathedral Varhanik u sv. Vita, directed by Martin Fric – Czechoslovakia
  • New York Nights, starring Norma Talmadge and Gilbert Roland
  • The Runaway Princess directed by Anthony Asquith and Fritz Wendhausen and starring Mady Christians and Fred Rains Britain/Germany
  • Pandoras Box Die Buchse der Pandora, directed by G. W. Pabst, starring Louise Brooks – Germany
  • Father Vojtech Pater Vojtech, directed by Martin Fric – Czechoslovakia
  • Children of the Ritz
  • Madame X, directed by Lionel Barrymore
  • Wolf Song, starring Gary Cooper and Lupe Velez
  • Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, a musical revue with Multicolor sequences
  • On with the Show!, a musical comedy entirely in Technicolor
  • The Taming of the Shrew, starring Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks
  • Queen Kelly, starring Gloria Swanson film unfinished because producers balked at releasing a silent film in what was quickly becoming a sound film market
  • Big Time, starring Lee Tracy and Mae Clarke
  • The Miraculous Life of Therese Martin La Vie miraculeuse de Therese Martin, directed by Julien Duvivier – France
  • His Glorious Night, directed by Lionel Barrymore, starring John Gilbert – Gilberts first talkie, known as the film that destroyed his career
  • Bulldog Drummond, starring Ronald Colman

3. Serials

  • The Diamond Master, 10 chapters
  • The Fatal Warning, 10 chapters 200 min
  • The Ace of Scotland Yard, 10 chapters 215 minutes
  • The Fire Detective, 10 chapters
  • The King of the Kongo, 10 chapters 213 min
  • Tarzan the Tiger, 15 chapters 266 min
  • Queen of the Northwoods, 10 chapters
  • The Black Book, 10 chapters
  • The Pirate of Panama, 12 chapters

4. Animated short film series

  • Ice Mans Luck
  • Nuts and Jolts
  • Jungle Jingles
  • Hold em Ozzie
  • Weary Willies
  • Stripes and Stars
  • Yanky Clippers
  • The Fishing Fool
  • Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
  • Hen Fruit
  • Sick Cylinders
  • Krazy Kat 1925–1940
  • Alpine Antics
  • Saucy Sausages
  • The Wicked West
  • The Lumberjack
  • Aesops Film Fables 1921–1933
  • The Suicide Sheik
  • Stage Stunts
  • Felix the Cat 1919–1936
  • Homeless Homer
  • Jungle Rhythm
  • Mickeys Follies
  • Mickey Mouse
  • When The Cats Away
  • Wild Waves
  • The Karnival Kid
  • The Haunted House
  • The Barnyard Battle
  • The Plow Boy
  • Mickeys Choo-Choo
  • The Jazz Fool
  • The Opry House
  • Inkwell Imps 1927–1929
  • The Skeleton Dance
  • Springtime
  • Silly Symphonies
  • Hells Bells
  • El Terrible Toreador
  • The Merry Dwarfs
  • Screen Songs 1929–1938
  • Talkartoons 1929–1932


5. Births

  • Kurt Kren, Austrian experimental director died 1998
  • May 2 – Eddie Garcia, Filipino actor
  • July 21 – Asta Vihandi, Estonian opera singer, actress, and dancer died 1993
  • Vittorio Taviani, Italian director died 2018
  • February 10 – Jerry Goldsmith, American composer died 2004
  • April 1 – Jane Powell, American actress, singer, dancer
  • February 14 – Roman Klosowski, Polish actor died 2018
  • May 4 – Audrey Hepburn, British actress died 1993
  • January 1 – Haruo Nakajima, Japanese actor died 2017
  • September 2 – Hal Ashby, American director died 1988
  • January 3 – Sergio Leone, Italian director, producer, and screenwriter died 1989
  • January 7 – Terry Moore, American actress
  • May 31 – Menahem Golan, Israeli director and producer d. 2014
  • April 5 – Nigel Hawthorne, English actor died 2001
  • April 10 – Max von Sydow, Swedish-born actor died 2020
  • September 20
  • January 31 – Jean Simmons, English-American actress died 2010
  • January 11 – Rod Taylor, Australian actor died 2015
  • Etchika Choureau, French actress
  • Grace Kelly, American-Monegasque actress died 1982
  • November 12
  • October 14 – Norbert Gastell, German voice actor died 2015
  • October 28 – Joan Plowright, English actress
  • December 9 – John Cassavetes, American actor, director died 1989
  • December 1 – David Doyle, American actor died 1997
  • December 13 – Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor
  • December 6 – Alain Tanner, Swiss film director
  • November 15 – Ed Asner, American actor

6. Deaths

  • William Russell, American actor born 1884
  • February 18
  • January 5 – Marc McDermott, Australian actor born 1881
  • Hardee Kirkland, American stage and screen actor born 1868
  • May 9 – Fred C. Truesdell, stage & film actor born 1870
  • October 3 – Jeanne Eagels, American actress born 1890
  • May 12 – Charles Swickard, German-American director and actor born 1861
  • November 2 – Leo D. Maloney, actor and director born 1888
  • February 24 – Frank Keenan, American actor born 1858
  • November 24 – Raymond Hitchcock, American actor born 1865
  • September 2 – Paul Leni, German film and art director born 1885
  • August 2 – Mae Costello, American actress born 1882
  • July 3 – Dustin Farnum, American stage & silent screen star born 1874
  • October 31 – Norman Trevor, actor, Olympic athlete born 1877
  • July 6 – Cliff Bowes, American comedian born 1894
  • July 2 – Gladys Brockwell, American actress born 1894


7. Film debuts

  • Glenda Farrell – Lucky Boy
  • Lew Ayres – The Sophomore
  • Fred MacMurray – Girls Gone Wild
  • Judy Garland – The Big Revue
  • Sylvia Sydney – Thru Different Eyes
  • Peter Lorre – Die verschwundene Frau
  • Walter Huston – Gentlemen of the Press
  • Kay Francis – Gentlemen of the Press
  • Brian Donlevy – Gentlemen of the Press
  • Betty Grable – Happy Days
  • Ginger Rogers – A Day of a Man of Affairs
  • Dean Jagger – The Woman from Hell
  • Marx Brothers – The Cocoanuts
  • Jeanette MacDonald – The Love Parade
  • George Raft – Queen of the Night Clubs
  • James Dunn – In the Nick of Time
  • Jackie Cooper – Fox Movietone Follies of 1929
  • Paulette Goddard – Berth Marks
  • Robert Montgomery – The Single Standard
  • Paul Muni – The Valiant
  • John Huston – The Shakedown
  • Johnny Weissmuller – Glorifying the American Girl
  • Ray Milland – Piccadilly
  • Speakeasy is a 1929 American pre - Code sports drama film directed by Benjamin Stoloff and adapted by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan and Edwin J. Burke. The picture
  • Fraulein Else English: Miss Else is a 1929 German silent drama film directed by Paul Czinner and starring Elisabeth Bergner, Albert Bassermann and Albert
  • Baskerville is a 1929 German silent mystery film directed by Richard Oswald and starring Carlyle Blackwell, Alexander Murski, Livio Pavanelli. The film is an adaptation
  • Mutterliebe is a 1929 German silent drama film directed by Georg Jacoby and starring Henny Porten, Gustav Diessl and Paul Henckels. The film s sets were designed
  • The Black Forest Girl German: Schwarzwaldmadel is a 1929 German silent romance film directed by Victor Janson and starring Liane Haid, Fred Louis Lerch
  • is a 1929 American Pre - Code Metro - Goldwyn - Mayer musical directed by King Vidor, and starring Daniel L. Haynes and Nina Mae McKinney. Filmed in Tennessee
  • Hell s Bells is a 1929 animated short film which was directed by Walt Disney and was distributed into cinemas by the film company Columbia Pictures, who
  • The Bondman is a 1929 British silent adventure directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Norman Kerry, Frances Cuyler and Donald Macardle. It was based on
  • The Clean Up is a 1929 American silent drama film directed by Bernard McEveety and starring Charles Delaney, Betty Blake and Bruce Gordon. A newspaperman
  • Crosbie in the remake, just as Jeanne Eagels had done in 1929 List of rediscovered films The Letter at Advertisement, Photoplay, March 1929 p

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