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The following is an overview of 1932 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1932 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1932
Rank Title Studio Box office gross rental
1 The Kid from Spain United Artists/Samuel Goldwyn Productions $2,621,000[1]
2 Emma Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $1,409,000[2]
3 Hell Divers $1,244,000[2]
4 Grand Hotel $1,235,000[2]
5 Prosperity $1,166,000[2]
6 Tarzan the Ape Man $1,112,000[2]
7 One Hour with You Paramount Pictures $1,100,000[3]
8 Smilin' Through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $1,004,000[2]
9 Strange Interlude $957,000[2]
10 Back Street Universal Pictures $900,000[4]

Events

The Film Daily Yearbook listed the following as the ten leading headline events of the year.[5]

Other notable events include:

Top Ten Money Making Stars

Exhibitors selected the following as the Top Ten Money Making Stars for 1931–1932 in Quigley Publishing Company's first annual poll.[6]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Marie Dressler
2. Janet Gaynor
3. Joan Crawford
4. Charles Farrell
5. Greta Garbo
6. Norma Shearer
7. Wallace Beery
8. Clark Gable
9. Will Rogers
10. Joe E. Brown

Academy Awards

Main article: 5th Academy Awards

The 5th Academy Awards were conducted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 18, 1932,[7] at a ceremony held at The Ambassador Hotel[7] in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was hosted by Conrad Nagel.[7] Films screened in Los Angeles between August 1, 1931, and July 31, 1932, were eligible to receive awards.[7]

Major awards:

Note: Prior to 1933 awards were not based on calendar years, which is how there are no Best Actor, Best Actress or Best Director awards for 1932 films. The 1931–32 awards went to 1931 films.

1932 film releases

United States unless stated

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Notable films released in 1932

United States unless stated

0–9

A

B

C

D

E–F

G–H

I

J–K

L

M

N–O

P

R

S

T

U–V

W–Y

Serials

The Shadow of the Eagle poster.
The Shadow of the Eagle poster.

Ordered by release date:

Short film series

Lobby card for the 1932 Laurel and Hardy short film Any Old Port!.
Lobby card for the 1932 Laurel and Hardy short film Any Old Port!.

Ordered by release date:

Animated short film series

Ordered by release date of the film series. This list only includes shorts released in 1932:

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

References

  1. ^ Jones, Lon (March 4, 1944). "Which Cinema Films Have Earned the Most Money Since 1914?". The Argus. Melbourne. p. 3 Supplement: The Argus Weekend magazine. Retrieved August 6, 2012 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles, California: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  3. ^ "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990.
  4. ^ Fragias, Leonidas (2017). Annual US Top Film Rentals 1912 - 1979 (Kindle ed.). Leonidas Fragias.
  5. ^ "Ten Leading Headline Events". Film Daily Year Book (1933). p. 47.
  6. ^ "The Ten Biggest Money Makers". Motion Picture Herald. August 6, 1932. p. 10. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "The 5th Academy Awards – 1933". Archived from the original on September 4, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1932". Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  9. ^ The Athlete (1932) – from the Pooch the Pup Theatrical Cartoon Series
  10. ^ The Butcher Boy (1932) – from the Pooch the Pup Theatrical Cartoon Series
  11. ^ The Crowd Snores (1932) – from the Pooch the Pup Theatrical Cartoon Series
  12. ^ The Underdog (The Under Dog) (1932) – from the Pooch the Pup Theatrical Cartoon Series
  13. ^ Cats And Dogs (1932) – from the Pooch the Pup Theatrical Cartoon Series
  14. ^ "Debbie Reynolds obituary". the Guardian. December 29, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2021.