1938 Hit Parade

Claire McCardell introduced her first commercial success, the “monastic dress.”

Lilly Dache opened a design house in New York City with a room decorated in gold for her brunette customers and one in silver for the blondes. What about the redheads?

Popular films included: 
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
starring Errol Flynn
    Bringing Up Baby directed by Howard Hawks and starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant
    Holiday directed by George Cukor and starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant
    In Old Chicago starring Tyrone Power and Alice Faye
    Jezebel directed by William Wyler and starring Bette Davis
    Pygmalion directed by Anthony Asquith and Leslie Howard and starring Howard and Wendy Hiller
    Sing You Sinners directed by Wesley Ruggles and starring Bing Crosby, Fred MacMurray and Donald O’Connor
    A Slight Case of Murder directed by Lloyd Bacon and starring Edward G. Robinson
    You Can’t Take It With You directed by Frank Capra and starring Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Lionel Barrymore.

October 31:  On his Mercury Theater on the Air radio show, Orson Welles broadcasted “Invasion from Mars.”

Fiction included Taylor Caldwell’s Dynasty of Death, John Dos Passos’s U.S.A., James T. Farrell’s No Star is Lost, Albert Maltz’s The Way Things Are and Other Stories, Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent)’s The Man of Bronze, Wallace Stegner’s The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Allen Tate’s The Fathers, Richard Wright’s Uncle Tom’s Children, and Leane Zugsmith’s The Summer Children.

Popular songs included:  “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald and Al Feldman, “F.D.R. Jones” by Harold Rome, “The Flat Foot Floogie” by Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart and Bud Green, “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” by Duke Ellington, “Jeepers Creepers” by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer, “Love Walked In” by George and Ira Gershwin, “One O'clock Jump” by William “Count” Basie, “Thanks For the Memory” by Ralph Raigner and Leo Robin and “That Old Feeling” by Sammy Fain and Lew Brown.

Thomas Hart Benton exhibited his Cradling Wheat.

The first live and unscheduled news event, a fire at a barracks in New York, was televised by NBC’s mobile television “news” van.

Woody Guthrie went on the road.

Congress established the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

January:  Architectural Record devoted an edition to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia house designs.

February 4:  Our Town by Thronton Wilder opened at Henry Miller’s Theater in New York.

July 3:  President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Gettysburg memorial.

July 30:  Henry Ford was presented with Germany’s highest honor given to foreigners, the Grand Cross of the Supreme Order of the German Eagle.

Du Pont introduced rayon, synthetic silk, and early nylon.