1930s Turning Points
(1930) The most popular film genres of the time were musicals, gangster
films, newspaper movies, westerns, comedies, melodramas and horror movies.
(1932) Paramount Pictures, founded in 1912, began to curtail activities in its
East Coast studios in Astoria (Long Island, NY) and moved to Hollywood,
once the conversion to "talkies" was complete.
(1932) The world's first major film festival was held in Venice, Italy.
(1933) Director Frank Capra's
Lady for a Day (1933)
became the first film
from Columbia Pictures to be nominated for Best Picture.
(Late 1930s) Color movies were first widely shown in the late thirties.
(1935) The first official Mickey Mouse film in color was released, Disney's
The Band Concert
(1937) The first full-length animated feature, Disney's
Snow White and the
Seven Dwarfs (1937)
, was released.
(1939) This year has often been called the "greatest year in film history" by
film buffs, movie historians, and critics, chiefly due to the inordinate
number of classic films. Some of the greatest films ever made were released
in 1939, including
Gone With the Wind
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Smith Goes to Washington
The Wizard of Oz
● Screwball comedies started during the Great Depression in America. The
purpose of this genre of comedy was to provide relief from the depression
itself. The comedies consisted of fast-paced events, some on screen gags,
sarcasm, screwy plot…