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1933 in Film

The following is an overview of 1933 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.


The Film Daily Yearbook listed the following as the ten leading news events of the year.[1]

Other notable events include:

Top Grossing Films

The following films made the most money from their initial release in 1933:

Rank Title Studio Worldwide rental
1. Cavalcade Fox Film $3,500,000[7]
2. Gold Diggers of 1933 Warner Bros. $3,231,000[8]
3. Queen Christina MGM $2,887,285[9]
4. I'm No Angel Paramount $2,850,000
5. Tugboat Annie MGM $2,572,000[10]
6. Roman Scandals United Artists $2,443,000[7]
7. Footlight Parade Warner Bros. $2,416,000[8]
8. Dancing Lady MGM $2,406,000[10]
9. 42nd Street Warner Bros. $2,250,000[7]
10. She Done Him Wrong Paramount $2,200,000[7]

Including subsequent re-issues, RKO's King Kong has worldwide rentals of $5.3 million.[11]

Academy Awards

The 6th Academy Awards were held on March 16, 1934, at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Will Rogers and Rogers also presented all of the awards. This was the last time that the Oscars' eligibility period was spread over two different calendar years, creating the longest time frame for which films could be nominated: the seventeen months from August 1, 1932, to December 31, 1933.

Most nominations: Cavalcade (Fox Film); A Farewell to Arms (Paramount Pictures) and Lady for a Day (Columbia Pictures) - 4

Major awards:

Most Awards: Cavalcade - 3 (Outstanding Production; Best Director; Best Art Direction)

1933 film releases

U.S.A. unless stated





Notable films released in 1933

U.S.A. unless stated


Comedy film series

Animated short film series



Film debuts


  1. ^ "The Ten Leading News Events". Film Daily Year Book (1934). p. 33.
  2. ^ a b "The Year in Pictures". Variety. January 2, 1934. p. 3. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ King Kong at the American Film Institute Catalog
  4. ^ "The "Drive-in" Movie" (PDF). Electronics. New York: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co. 6 (8): 209. August 1933. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "British Film Institute - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Hofler, Robert (October 28, 2008). "Depression Doesn't Stop Daily Variety". Variety. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "The All Time Best Sellers". International Motion Picture Almanac 1937-38. Quigley Publishing Company. p. 942. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ a b Glancy, H Mark (1995). "Warner Bros Film Grosses, 1921-51: the William Schaefer ledger". Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television. 15.
  9. ^ Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p435
  10. ^ a b The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles, California: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study
  11. ^
    • Jewel, Richard (1994). "RKO Film Grosses: 1929-1951". Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television. 14 (1): 39. 1933 release: $1,856,000; 1938 release: $306,000; 1944 release: $685,000
    • "King Kong (1933) - Notes". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2012. 1952 release: $2,500,000
  12. ^ Variety, Wednesday 1 August 1933, page 14 (retrieved 28 May 2018) - Film Reviews page - This Is America (review)

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