Howard Hawks’ Scarface – the birth and rise of the gangster film genre in the USA. It was a “child” of the Great Depression and prohibition. Many elements of the gangster film genre are still used by Hollywood today.
Premiere of Latvia’s first musical feature of President Ulmanis era: Son of the People (“Tautas dēls”).
The premiere of the musical film Jolly Fellows (Весёлые ребята, dir. Grigori Aleksandrov), in Moscow, taking the Hollywood musical tradition into a socialistic environment.
Film sector in Latvia comes under the jurisdiction of the newly created Ministry of Public Affairs.
The first drawn animation feature in film history is made in the USA: Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Hollywood savours sound and colour! Victor Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz – a musical with gorgeous design, fantasy elements and special effects.
Premiere of Fisherman’s Son (“Zvejnieka dēls”, director Vilis Lapenieks) at the cinema Splendid Palace.
Aleksandrs Rusteiķis’ feature film The Dam (“Aizsprosts”) is completed.
Orson Wells’ daring Citizen Kane. It is still considered one of the best films ever made.
The birth of film noir – John Houston’s The Maltese Falcon. This stylistic movement dominated Hollywood until mid-1950s and is still an inexaustible source for citations.