1934 in Film
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1934 in Film

The following is an overview of 1934 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.


Top-grossing films

Rank Title Studio Worldwide rental
1. The Merry Widow MGM $2,608,000[2]
2. The Barretts of Wimpole Street MGM $2,343,000[2]
3. Treasure Island MGM $2,264,000[2]
4. Tarzan and His Mate MGM $2,239,000[2]
5. Forsaking All Others MGM $2,199,000[2]
6. Chained MGM $1,988,000[2]
7. Cleopatra Paramount Pictures $1,929,000*[3]
8. Viva Villa! MGM $1,875,000[2]
9. The Gay Divorcee RKO $1,774,000[1]
10. Riptide MGM $1,741,000[2]
11. It Happened One Night Columbia Pictures $1,366,000*[3]
12. Judge Priest Fox Film $1,176,000*[3]
13. The House of Rothschild United Artists $1,000,000*[3]

*U.S. and Canada rental only

Academy Awards

The 7th Academy Awards was held on February 27, 1935, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. They were hosted by Irvin S. Cobb. For the first time, the Academy standardized the practice - still in effect - that the award eligibility period for a film would be the preceding calendar year.

Most nominations: One Night of Love (Columbia Pictures) - 6

Major Awards

Most Awards: It Happened One Night - 5

It Happened One Night became the first film to perform a "clean sweep" of the top five award categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. This feat would later be duplicated by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1976 and The Silence of the Lambs in 1992. It also was the first romantic comedy to be named Best Picture.

1934 film releases

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Notable films released in 1934

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Comedy film series

Animated short film series





  1. ^ a b c Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p55
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles, California: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  3. ^ a b c d "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990. p. M150.
  4. ^ Eesti Draamateater Retrieved 30 November 2016.

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