1934 Hit Parade

Popular films included:
    Babes in Toyland starring Laurel and Hardy
Bright Eyes starring Shirley Temple
It Happened One Night directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert
Tarzan and His Mate starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan
Treasure Island directed by Victor Fleming and starring Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper.

Fiction included: James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, James T. Farrell’s The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, Waldo Frank’s The Death and Birth of David Markand: An American Story, Daniel Fuchs’ Summer in Williamsburg, Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man, John O’Hara’s Appointment in Samarra, Henry Roth’s Call it Sleep, William Saroyan’s Daring Young Man, Tess Slesinger’s The Unpossessed, Irving Stone’s Lust for Life, Rex Stout’s Fer-de-lance, Jerome Weidman’s I Can Get for You Wholesale, and Nathanael West’s A Cool Million.

Popular songs included:  “The Beer Barrel Polka” by Vejvoda, Timm and Zeman, “Blue Moon” by Rodgers and Hart, “Deep Purple” by De Rose and Parish, “I only Have Eyes For You” by Warren and Dubin, “Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day” by Mabel Wayne, lyrics by Sigler and Hoffman, “Miss Otis Regrets” and “The Object of My Affection” by Pinky Tomlin, Coy Poe and Jimmy Grier, “On The Good Ship Lollipop” by Whiting and Clare, “Solitude” by Duke Ellington and De Lange and Mills, “Stars Fell on Alabama” by Frank Perkins and Mitchell Parish, “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” by Bob Nolan, “The Very Thought of You” by Ray Noble, “Winter Wonderland” by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith, and “You Oughta Be in Pictures” by Dana Suesse and lyrics by Edward Heyman.

The Berkshire Music Festival premiered in Lenox, Massachusettes.

Thomas Hart Benton painted Lord, Heal the Child; Homestead; Ploughing it Under and Going Home.

The Apollo Theater in Harlem opened.

In the Plains states 300 million tons of soil blew away in the “black blizzard.”

Huey Long received more mail than any other person in America this year.

The FCC was created to moderate U.S. telephone, telegraph, and radio communications.

February 20:  Four Saints in Three Acts by Gertrude Stein opened in New York City.

May 28:  The Dionne quintuplets were born.

July 1:  The Hays Office was created by Will H. Hays to institute a production code for films.

July 5:  Two San Francisco waterfront workers were shot and killed.

November 20:  Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour premiered at Maxine Elliott’s Theater in New York City.

September 8:  The S.S. Morro Castle sank in the Atlantic, 125 lives were lost.
November 21:  Anything Goes with music by Cole Porter opened at the Alvin Theater.