1938 Timelines: 1930 to 1939

The French film producer, Georges Méliès, who was one of the most innovative pioneers in the early days of motion pictures, dies at the age of 78.

 

MGM buys the rights to the famous children’s book, “The Wizard of Oz”.

 

In Washington, DC, Senator Sullivan declares in front of the newly–formed “House Committee on Un–American Activities” that he believes, “Hollywood is becoming a breeding ground for communist propaganda.”

 

David O. Selznick signs an agreement with MGM whereby MGM will loan Clark Gable to Selznick International Pictures to star in “Gone With the Wind”, in exchange for the film’s distribution rights and 50% of the profits.

 

The French Minister of Education and Arts, Jean Zay, has agreed to establish an International Film Festival in the French town of Cannes.

 

Significant Films:

MGM releases its first “three–color” Technicolor picture, “Sweethearts”. It stars Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald.

Warner Bros. releases the “three–color” Technicolor movie, “The Adventures of Robin Hood”, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.

Frank Capra’s film, “You Can’t Take It With You”, wins the Academy Award for “Outstanding Production”.

Warner Bros. releases, “Jezebel”. Directed by William Wyler, the film stars Bette Davis who wins an Academy Award for her performance.

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