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The following is an overview of 1931 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.


Top-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1931 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:


Events

* January 5: RKO acquires the producing and distribution arm of Pathé Exchange, Pathé for $4.6 million. * June 20: Monogram Pictures releases its first film, ''Ships of Hate''. * July 7: Anti-competitive practices disclosed about certain distributors and producers in Canada. * November 17: E. R. Tinker elected president of Fox Films replacing Harley L. Clarke. * December 14: RKO refinancing plan approved.


Best money stars

''Variety (magazine), Variety'' reported the following as the biggest male stars in the U.S. in alphabetical order although grouped George Arliss and Ronald Colman together as having equal ranking. The following were the biggest women names in the U.S. in alphabetical order but again grouped two actresses together to denote they were ranked the same.


Academy Awards

The 4th Academy Awards were awarded to films completed and screened released between August 1, 1930, and July 31, 1931, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Most Nominations: ''Cimarron (1931 film), Cimarron'' (RKO Pictures) – 7 Major Awards * Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Picture: ''Cimarron (1931 film), Cimarron'' – RKO Pictures, RKO * Academy Award for Best Director, Best Director: Norman Taurog – ''Skippy (film), Skippy'' * Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actor: Lionel Barrymore – ''A Free Soul'' * Academy Award for Best Actress, Best Actress: Marie Dressler – ''Min and Bill'' Most Awards: ''Cimarron (1931 film), Cimarron'' – 3 (Best Picture; Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Adaptation and Academy Award for Best Production Design, Best Art Direction) ''Cimarron (1931 film), Cimarron'' was the first Western to win Best Picture, and would remain the only one to do so for 59 years (until ''Dances with Wolves'' won in 1991). It received a then-record seven nominations, and was the first film to win more than two awards. The 5th Academy Awards were conducted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on November 18, 1932, at a ceremony held at Ambassador Hotel (Los Angeles), The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The ceremony was hosted by Conrad Nagel. Films screened in Los Angeles between August 1, 1931, and July 31, 1932, were eligible to receive awards. Most nominations: ''Arrowsmith (film), Arrowsmith'' (Samuel Goldwyn Productions) and ''The Champ (1931 film), The Champ'' (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) – 4 Major Awards *Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actor: Wallace Beery – ''The Champ'' and Fredric March – ''Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931 film), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'' *Academy Award for Best Actress, Best Actress: Helen Hayes – ''The Sin of Madelon Claudet'' *Academy Award for Best Director, Best Director: Frank Borzage – ''Bad Girl (1931 film), Bad Girl'' Most Awards: ''Bad Girl'' (Best Director and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Adaptation) and ''The Champ'' (Best Actor and Academy Award for Best Story, Best Original Story) – 2 '' Note: The Academy Award for Best Picture went to 1932 in film, 1932's ''Grand Hotel (1932 film), Grand Hotel''.


1931 film releases


January–March

*January 1931 **3 January ***''The Criminal Code'' **9 January ***''Little Caesar (film), Little Caesar'' **16 January ***''Hell Divers'' **17 January ***''Other Men's Women'' **30 January ***''City Lights'' *February 1931 **9 February ***''Cimarron (1931 film), Cimarron'' **14 February ***''Dracula (1931 English-language film), Dracula'' **28 February ***''Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931 film), Parlor, Bedroom and Bath'' *March 1931 **5 March ***''The Speckled Band (1931 film), The Speckled Band'' **6 March ***''Ten Cents a Dance (1931 film), Ten Cents a Dance'' **14 March ***''Kiki (1931 film), Kiki'' **20 March ***''The Sleeping Cardinal'' **21 March ***''Honor Among Lovers'' **29 March ***''Bad Sister (1931 film), Bad Sister''


April–June

*April 1931 **4 April ***''The Front Page (1931 film), The Front Page'' **6 April ***''A Connecticut Yankee (film), A Connecticut Yankee'' **15 April ***''Bachelor Apartment'' **18 April ***''City Streets (1931 film), City Streets'' ***''The Secret Six'' **23 April ***''The Public Enemy'' **24 April ***''Dracula (1931 Spanish-language film), Dracula'' **30 April ***''Iron Man (1931 film), Iron Man'' *May 1931 **1 May ***''The Millionaire (1931 film), The Millionaire'' **11 May ***''M (1931 film), M'' **16 May ***''Indiscreet (1931 film), Indiscreet'' **22 May ***''Svengali (1931 film), Svengali'' *June 1931 **13 June ***''The Maltese Falcon (1931 film), The Maltese Falcon'' **20 June ***''A Free Soul'' **21 June ***''The Black Camel (film), The Black Camel'' **27 June ***''I Take This Woman (1931 film), I Take This Woman'' **28 June ***''Goldie (1931 film), Goldie''


July–September

*July 1931 **11 July ***''Smart Money (1931 film), Smart Money'' *August 1931 **1 August ***''The Smiling Lieutenant'' ***''Tabu (1931 film), Tabu'' **7 August ***''Huckleberry Finn (1931 film), Huckleberry Finn'' ***''The Miracle Woman'' **8 August ***''Bought!'' ***''Night Nurse (1931 film), Night Nurse'' **13 August ***''Bad Girl (1931 film), Bad Girl'' **15 August ***''Pardon Us'' **22 August ***''An American Tragedy (film), An American Tragedy'' ***''Guilty Hands'' **29 August ***''The Last Flight (1931 film), The Last Flight'' ***''This Modern Age'' *September 1931 **1 September ***''Waterloo Bridge (1931 film), Waterloo Bridge'' **5 September ***''Daughter of the Dragon'' ***''Secrets of a Secretary'' ***''The Squaw Man (1931 film), The Squaw Man'' ***''Street Scene (1931 film), Street Scene'' **12 September ***''Alexander Hamilton (film), Alexander Hamilton'' **18 September ***''Peludópolis'' (Argentina) **19 September ***''Monkey Business (1931 film), Monkey Business'' **26 September ***''Five Star Final'' ***''Sidewalks of New York (1931 film), Sidewalks of New York'' **30 September ***''Alice in Wonderland (1931 film), Alice in Wonderland''


October–December

*October 1931 **3 October ***''Palmy Days'' **10 October ***''24 Hours (1931 film), 24 Hours'' **21 October ***''Possessed (1931 film), Possessed'' **24 October ***''The Sin of Madelon Claudet'' **31 October ***''Platinum Blonde (film), Platinum Blonde'' *November 1931 **1 November ***''The Cisco Kid (1931 film), The Cisco Kid'' **7 November ***''The Mad Genius'' **9 November ***''The Champ (1931 film), The Champ'' **10 November ***''Secret Service (1931 film), Secret Service'' **21 November ***''Frankenstein (1931 film), Frankenstein'' **28 November ***''Battling with Buffalo Bill'' *December 1931 **2 December ***''Anna Christie (1930 German-language film), Anna Christie'' (List of German films of 1931, Germany) **3 December ***''Blonde Crazy'' **10 December ***''The Struggle (1931 film), The Struggle'' **12 December ***''Private Lives (film), Private Lives'' **17 December ***''Tonight or Never (1931 film), Tonight or Never'' **26 December ***''Arrowsmith (film), Arrowsmith'' ***''Mata Hari (1931 film), Mata Hari''


Notable films released in 1931

American films of 1931, United States unless stated


0-9

*''24 Hours (1931 film), 24 Hours'', starring Clive Brook and Kay Francis


A

*''A Woman of Experience'' RKO Pathé Pictures Director: Harry Joe Brown Writers: John Farrow (adapted from the play: "The Registered Woman"), John Farrow Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, William Bakewell, Lew Cody *''À nous la liberté'' (Freedom for Us), directed by René Clair – (French films of 1931, France) *''Alam Ara'' (The Light of the World), directed by Ardeshir Irani – the first Bollywood films of the 1930s, Indian talkie *''Alexander Hamilton (film), Alexander Hamilton'', starring George Arliss *''Alibi (1931 film), Alibi'' directed by Leslie S. Hiscott (British films of 1931, Britain) *''Alice in Wonderland (1931 film), Alice in Wonderland'', the first sound version *''Alone (1931 French film), Alone'' (Sola) – (French films of 1931, France) *''Alone (1931 Soviet film), Alone'' (Odna) – (Soviet films of 1931, USSR) *''An American Tragedy (film), An American Tragedy'', directed by Josef von Sternberg, starring Sylvia Sydney *''Anna Christie (1931 film), Anna Christie'', directed by Jacques Feyder, starring Greta Garbo – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany) *''Arrowsmith (film), Arrowsmith'', directed by John Ford, starring Ronald Colman and Helen Hayes


B

*''Bachelor Apartment'', starring Irene Dunne and Lowell Sherman *''The Bachelor Father'', directed by Robert Z. Leonard; starring Marion Davies and Ray Milland *''Bad Girl (1931 film), Bad Girl'', directed by Frank Borzage *''Bad Sister (1931 film), Bad Sister'', starring Bette Davis *''Battling with Buffalo Bill'', starring Tom Tyler *''Berlin-Alexanderplatz (1931 film), Berlin-Alexanderplatz'' film of the novel by Alfred Döblin – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany) *''The Black Camel (film), The Black Camel'', a Charlie Chan mystery starring Warner Oland *''Blonde Crazy'', starring James Cagney and Joan Blondell *''Bought!'', starring Constance Bennett *''Business Under Distress'' (To neznáte Hadimršku) – (Czech films of the 1930s, Czechoslovakia)


C

*''The Champ (1931 film), The Champ'', starring Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper *''La Chienne'' (The Bitch), directed by Jean Renoir, starring Michel Simon – (French films of 1931, France) *''Cimarron (1931 film), Cimarron'', starring Richard Dix (actor), Richard Dix and Irene Dunne *''The Cisco Kid (1931 film), The Cisco Kid'', starring Warner Baxter *''City Lights'', directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin *''City Streets (1931 film), City Streets'', starring Gary Cooper and Sylvia Sidney *''A Connecticut Yankee (film), A Connecticut Yankee'', starring Will Rogers *''The Criminal Code'', directed by Howard Hawks, starring Walter Huston


D

*''Daughter of the Dragon'', starring Anna May Wong *''David Golder (film), David Golder'', directed by Julien Duvivier – (French films of 1931, France) *''Dishonored (film), Dishonored'', directed by Josef von Sternberg, starring Marlene Dietrich and Victor McLaglen *''Down River'', starring Charles Laughton – (British films of 1931, GB) *''Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931 film), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'', directed by Rouben Mamoulian, starring Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins *''Dracula (1931 English-language film), Dracula'', directed by Tod Browning, starring Bela Lugosi and Dwight Frye *''Dracula (1931 Spanish-language film), Dracula'', directed by George Melford, starring Carlos Villarías and Barry Norton


E

*''Elisabeth of Austria (film), Elisabeth of Austria'' starring Lil Dagover and Paul Otto – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany) *''Emil and the Detectives (1931 film), Emil und die Detektive'', starring Rolf Wenkhaus, Käthe Haack and Fritz Rasp – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany) *''Expensive Women'', starring Dolores Costello and H. B. Warner


F

*''Five and Ten'', directed by Robert Z. Leonard, starring Marion Davies and Leslie Howard (actor), Leslie Howard *''Five Star Final'', directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Edward G. Robinson *''Frankenstein (1931 film), Frankenstein'', directed by James Whale, starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive and Mae Clarke *''A Free Soul'', starring Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard (actor), Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore and Clark Gable *''From Saturday to Sunday'' (Ze soboty na neděli) – (Czech films of the 1930s, Czechoslovakia) *''The Front Page (1931 film), The Front Page'', directed by Lewis Milestone, starring Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien (actor), Pat O'Brien


G

*''Girls About Town (film), Girls About Town'', directed by George Cukor, starring Kay Francis and Joel McCrea *''Goldie (1931 film), Goldie'', starring Jean Harlow and Spencer Tracy *''The Guardsman'', starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne *''Guilty Hands'', starring Lionel Barrymore and Kay Francis


H

*''Hell Divers'', starring Wallace Beery and Clark Gable *''Her Grace Commands'' (Ihre Hoheit befiehlt) – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany) *''Hobson's Choice (1931 film), Hobson's Choice'', directed by Thomas Bentley (Britain) *''Honor Among Lovers'', starring Claudette Colbert and Fredric March *''Huckleberry Finn (1931 film), Huckleberry Finn'', starring Jackie Coogan *''Hyppolit, the Butler'' (Hyppolit, a lakáj) – (List of Hungarian films 1901–1947, Hungary)


I

*''I Take This Woman (1931 film), I Take This Woman'', starring Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard *''Indiscreet (1931 film), Indiscreet'', directed by Leo McCarey, starring Gloria Swanson and Ben Lyon *''Iron Man (1931 film), Iron Man'', starring Lew Ayres and Jean Harlow *''It's a Wise Child'', directed by Robert Z. Leonard; starring Marion Davies and Polly Moran


J

*''Just a Gigolo (1931 film), Just a Gigolo'', starring William Haines and Irene Purcell


K

*''Kalidas (film), Kalidas'', the first Tamil cinema, Tamil sound film, directed by H.M. Reddy (Tamil) *''Kameradschaft'' (Comradeship), directed by G.W. Pabst – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany) *''Kiki (1931 film), Kiki'', starring Mary Pickford *''Der Kongreß tanzt'' (Congress Dances), starring Lilian Harvey – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany)


L

*''The Last Flight (1931 film), The Last Flight'', starring Richard Barthelmess *''Limite (film), Limite'' – (List of Brazilian films of the 1930s, Brazil) *''Little Caesar (film), Little Caesar'', directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.


M

*''M (1931 film), M'', directed by Fritz Lang, starring Peter Lorre and Otto Wernicke – (Germany) *''The Mad Genius'', starring John Barrymore *''Mädchen in Uniform (1931 film), Mädchen in Uniform'', directed by Carl Froelich, starring Hertha Thiele – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany) *''The Maltese Falcon (1931 film), The Maltese Falcon'', starring Ricardo Cortez *''Marius (1931 film), Marius'', directed by Alexander Korda, starring Raimu and Pierre Fresnay – (French films of 1931, France) *''Mata Hari (1931 film), Mata Hari'', starring Greta Garbo and Lionel Barrymore *''Le Million'', directed by René Clair – (French films of 1931, France) *''The Millionaire (1931 film), The Millionaire'', starring George Arliss *''The Miracle Woman'', directed by Frank Capra, starring Barbara Stanwyck *''Monkey Business (1931 film), Monkey Business'', starring The Marx Brothers, Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo Marx *''My Sin'', starring Tallulah Bankhead and Fredric March


N

*''The Neighbor's Wife and Mine'' (Madamu to nyōbō) – (List of Japanese films of the 1930s, Japan) *''A Night in Montmartre'', directed by Leslie S. Hiscott (British films of 1931, Britain) *''Night Nurse (1931 film), Night Nurse'' starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ben Lyon


O

*''Other Men's Women'', starring Regis Toomey and Mary Astor


P

*''Palmy Days'', starring Eddie Cantor *''Pardon Us'', starring Laurel and Hardy *''Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (1931 film), Parlor, Bedroom and Bath'', starring Buster Keaton *''The Peach Girl'' (Tao hua qi xue ji) – (Chinese films of the 1930s, China) *''Peludópolis'' (Argentina) *''Platinum Blonde (film), Platinum Blonde'', starring Loretta Young, Robert Williams (actor), Robert Williams and Jean Harlow *''Possessed (1931 film), Possessed'', starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable *''Private Lives (film), Private Lives'', starring Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery (actor), Robert Montgomery *''The Public Enemy'', directed by William A. Wellman, starring James Cagney, Jean Harlow and Joan Blondell


Q

*''Quick Millions (1931 film), Quick Millions'', starring Spencer Tracy


R

*''Revenge on the Brother'', directed Ebrahim Moradi (Iran)


S

*''Sally in Our Alley (1931 film), Sally in Our Alley'', starring Gracie Fields – (British films of 1931, GB) *''Secret Service (1931 film), Secret Service'', starring Richard Dix *''The Secret Six'', starring Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Johnny Mack Brown, Jean Harlow and Clark Gable *''Secrets of a Secretary'', starring Claudette Colbert and Herbert Marshall *''Sidewalks of New York (1931 film), Sidewalks of New York'', starring Buster Keaton *''The Sin of Madelon Claudet'', starring Helen Hayes *''The Sleeping Cardinal'', starring Arthur Wontner *''Smart Money (1931 film), Smart Money'', starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney *''The Smiling Lieutenant'', directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Miriam Hopkins *''The Speckled Band (1931 film), The Speckled Band'', directed by Jack Raymond, starring Raymond Massey – (British films of 1931, GB) *''A Spray of Plum Blossoms'' (Yi jian mei) – (Chinese films of the 1930s, China) *''The Squaw Man (1931 film), The Squaw Man'' directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Warner Baxter *''The Stolen Jools'', starring Gary Cooper, Laurel and Hardy, and Norma Shearer *''Street Scene (1931 film), Street Scene'', directed by King Vidor, starring Sylvia Sidney *''The Struggle (1931 film), The Struggle'', directed by D.W. Griffith *''Svengali (1931 film), Svengali'', starring John Barrymore


T

*''Tabu (1931 film), Tabu'', directed by F. W. Murnau *''Tell England (film), Tell England'', directed by Anthony Asquith – (British films of 1931, GB) *''Ten Cents a Dance (1931 film), Ten Cents a Dance'', starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ricardo Cortez *''Der Raub der Mona Lisa, The Theft of the Mona Lisa'' (Der Raub der Mona Lisa) – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany) *''This Modern Age'', starring Joan Crawford *''The Threepenny Opera (1931 film), The Threepenny Opera'' (Die 3 groschen-oper), starring Lotte Lenya – (List of German films 1919–1933, Germany) *''Tilly of Bloomsbury (1931 film), Tilly of Bloomsbury'', directed by Jack Raymond, starring Sydney Howard, Phyllis Konstam (Britain) *''Tokyo Chorus'' (Tokyo no korasu), directed by Yasujirō Ozu – (Japanese films of the 1930s, Japan) *''Tommy (1931 film), Tommi'', directed by Yakov Protazanov – (Soviet films of 1931, USSR) *''Tonight or Never (1931 film), Tonight or Never'', directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Gloria Swanson and Melvyn Douglas


W

*''Waterloo Bridge (1931 film), Waterloo Bridge'', directed by James Whale


Serials

*''Battling with Buffalo Bill'' *''Danger Island (serial), Danger Island'' *''Finger Prints (serial), Finger Prints'' *''The Galloping Ghost (serial), The Galloping Ghost'', starring Red Grange, Harold Grange *''Heroes of the Flames'' *''King of the Wild'' *''The Lightning Warrior'', starring Rin Tin Tin *''The Mystery Trooper'' *''The Phantom of the West'' *''The Sign of the Wolf'' *''The Spell of the Circus'' *''The Vanishing Legion''


Short film series

*''Laurel and Hardy'' (1921 in film, 1921–1943 in film, 1943) *''Charley Chase'' (1924 in film, 1924–1940 in film, 1940) *''Buster Keaton'' (1917 in film, 1917–1941 in film, 1941) *''Our Gang'' (1922 in film, 1922–1944 in film, 1944)


Animated short film series

*''Aesop's Film Fables'' (1921 in film, 1921–1933 in film, 1933) *''Krazy Kat'' (1925 in film, 1925–1940 in film, 1940) *''Oswald the Lucky Rabbit'' (1927 in film, 1927–1938 in film, 1938) *''Mickey Mouse'' ** ''The Birthday Party (1931 film), The Birthday Party'' ** ''Traffic Troubles'' ** ''The Castaway (film), The Castaway'' ** ''The Moose Hunt'' ** ''The Delivery Boy (1931 film), The Delivery Boy'' ** ''Mickey Steps Out'' ** ''Blue Rhythm'' ** ''Fishin' Around'' ** ''The Barnyard Broadcast'' ** ''The Beach Party'' ** ''Mickey Cuts Up'' ** ''Mickey's Orphans'' *''Silly Symphonies'' ** ''Birds of a Feather'' ** ''Mother Goose Melodies'' ** ''The China Plate'' ** ''The Busy Beavers'' ** ''The Cat's Out'' ** ''Egyptian Melodies'' ** ''The Clock Store'' ** ''The Spider and the Fly'' ** ''The Fox Hunt'' ** ''The Ugly Duckling'' *''Screen Songs'' (1929 in film, 1929–1938 in film, 1938) *''Talkartoons'' (1929 in film, 1929–1932 in film, 1932) ** ''Mask a Raid'' (featuring Betty Boop) *''Looney Tunes'' (1930 in film, 1930–1969 in film, 1969) *''Flip the Frog'' (1930 in film, 1930–1933 in film, 1933) *''Terrytoons'' (1930 in film, 1930–1964 in film, 1964) *''Toby the Pup'' (1930 in film, 1930-1931) *''Merrie Melodies'' (1931–1969 in film, 1969) *''Scrappy'' (1931–1941 in film, 1941) *''Tom and Jerry (Van Beuren)'' (1931–1933 in film, 1933)


Births

*January 3 – Conrad Brooks, né Biedrzycki, American actor and producer (died 2017 in film, 2017) *January 5 – Robert Duvall, American actor and director *January 14 – Caterina Valente, French singer and actress *January 17 – James Earl Jones, American actor *February 6 **Mamie Van Doren, American actress and sex symbol **Rip Torn, American actor and director (died 2019 in film, 2019) *February 8 – James Dean, American actor (died 1955 in film, 1955) *February 15 – Claire Bloom, English actress *February 24 – Dominic Chianese, American actor *March 22 – William Shatner, Canadian actor *March 26 – Leonard Nimoy, American actor and director (died 2015 in film, 2015) *April 1 – Ita Ever, Estonian actress *April 8 – John Gavin, American actor and diplomat (died 2018 in film, 2018) *May 10 – Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (died 2016 in film, 2016) *May 24 – Michael Lonsdale, British-French actor (died 2020 in film, 2020) *May 28 – Carroll Baker, American actress *June 20 – Olympia Dukakis, Greek-American actress *July 1 – Leslie Caron, French actress and dancer *July 4 – Stephen Boyd, Irish actor (died 1977 in film, 1977) *July 5 – António de Macedo, Portuguese filmmaker, writer, university professor and lecturer (died 2017 in film, 2017) *July 6 – Della Reese, American jazz and gospel singer, actress and ordinated minister (died 2017 in film, 2017) *July 11 – Tab Hunter, American actor and singer (died 2018 in film, 2018) *July 24 – Ermanno Olmi, Italian director and screenwriter (died 2018 in film, 2018) *July 27 - Jerry Van Dyke, American actor, musician and comedian (died 2018 in film, 2018) *August 23 – Barbara Eden, American actress *August 12 – William Goldman, American screenwriter and novelist (died 2018 in film, 2018) *August 31 – Noble Willingham, American actor (died 2004 in film, 2004) *September 10 – Philip Baker Hall, American actor *September 12 – Ian Holm, English actor (died 2020 in film, 2020) *September 17 – Anne Bancroft, American actress (died 2005 in film, 2005) *September 21 – Larry Hagman, American actor and director (died 2012 in film, 2012) *September 29 – Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress and sex symbol (died 2015 in film, 2015) *September 30 – Angie Dickinson, American actress *October 10 – Román Chalbaud, Venezuelan director *November 6 – Mike Nichols, German-born director (died 2014 in film, 2014) *November 10 – Don Henderson, English actor of stage, television and screen (died 1997 in film, 1997) *December 11 – Rita Moreno, Puerto Rican actress *December 28 - Martin Milner. American actor (died 2015 in film, 2015)


Deaths

* March 11 – F. W. Murnau, German director (born 1888) * March 24 **Charles Clary, silent film actor (born 1873) **Robert Edeson, stage and screen actor (born 1868) * June 7 – Viktor Schwanneke, German actor (born 1880) * August 14 – Janie Marèse, French actress (born 1908) * September 13 – Lawrence D'Orsay, English actor (born 1853) * November 27 – Lya De Putti, Hungarian actress (born 1899 in film, 1899) * December 23 – Tyrone Power, Sr., stage and film veteran, father of movie star Tyrone Power (born 1869)


Film debuts

* Ralph Bellamy – ''The Secret Six'' * Bruce Cabot – ''Heroes of the Flames'' * Bette Davis – ''Bad Sister (1931 film), Bad Sister'' * Melvyn Douglas – ''Tonight or Never (1931 film), Tonight or Never'' * Alexander Knox – ''The Ringer (1931 film), The Ringer'' * Lotte Lenya – ''The Threepenny Opera (1931 film), The Threepenny Opera'' * Eric Linden – ''Are These Our Children?'' * Ida Lupino – ''The Love Race'' * Helen Mack – ''The Struggle (1931 film), The Struggle'' * Otto Preminger director, producer – ''The Great Love (1931 film), The Great Love'' * Gene Raymond – ''Personal Maid'' * Ralph Richardson – ''Dreyfus (1931 film), Dreyfus'' * Simone Simon – ''Durand contre Durand'' * Robert Young (actor), Robert Young – ''The Black Camel (film), The Black Camel''


References

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