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1928 In Film

This page is a subpage of the List of years in film page.

This is a list of films that were released in 1928. Although some movies released in 1928 had sound, most were still silent.

List of years in film (table)
In television


  • Events 1
  • Top grossing films 2
  • Academy Awards 3
  • Notable films released in 1928 4
  • Short film series 5
  • Animated short film series 6
  • Births 7
  • Deaths 8
  • Film debuts 9
  • References 10


  • January 6 - The long-awaited Charlie Chaplin comedy The Circus premieres at the Strand Theatre in New York City.[1]
  • July 6 – Lights of New York (starring Helene Costello) is released by Warner Brothers. It is the first "100% Talkie" feature film, in that dialog is spoken throughout the film. Previous releases Don Juan and The Jazz Singer had used a synchronized soundtrack with sound effects and music, with The Jazz Singer having a few incidental lines spoken by Al Jolson.[2]
  • September 19 – The Singing Fool, Warner Brothers' follow-up to The Jazz Singer, is released. While still only a partial-talkie (sequences still featured intertitles), 66 minutes of the film's 105 minute running time feature dialogue or songs, making it the longest talking motion picture yet. (Lights of New York runs a total of 57 minutes.) It is the highest-grossing film of the year, becomes Warner Brothers' highest-grossing film for the next 13 years, and is the most financially successful film of Al Jolson's career.[3][4]
  • November 10 – At the beginning of White Shadows in the South Seas, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's mascot Leo the Lion roars for the very first time, giving voice to one of the most popular American film logos.[5][6][7]
  • November 18 – Disney's Steamboat Willie premieres, marking the official introduction of Mickey Mouse. This animated short is the first film to include a soundtrack, completely created in post production, including sound effects, music, and dialogue.
  • December 25 – In Old Arizona, released by Fox Films, is the first sound-on-film feature-length talkie, utilizing the Movietone process. Previously, feature-length talkies used the less-reliable Vitaphone sound-on-disc process. It is also the first Western talkie, and the first sound film primarily shot outdoors.

Top grossing films

Rank Title Worldwide Gross
1. The Singing Fool $5,900,000
2. Lights of New York $1,000,000
3. Street Angel $1,700,000[8]
4. West of Zanzibar $921,000[9]

Academy Awards

Note: Prior to 1933, awards were not based on calendar years, which is why there is no 'Best Picture' for a 1928 film.

Notable films released in 1928

U.S.A. unless stated

Short film series

Animated short film series



Film debuts


  1. ^ "The Circus (1928)".  
  2. ^ Neibaur, James L. (2015). James Cagney Films of the 1930s. London: Rowman & Littlefield.  
  3. ^ Kiner, Larry F.; Evans, Philip R. (1992). Al Jolson: A Bio-Discography. Scarecrow Press. p. 107.  
  4. ^ Furia, Philip; Patterson, Laurie (2010). The Songs of Hollywood. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. p. 26.  
  5. ^ Munden, Kenneth White (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog - Feature Films 1921-1930. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. p. WH1.  
  6. ^ Brown, Allen (November 29, 2014). "The Story Behind MGM's Lion Logo". Movie Review World. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ Stafford, Jeff. "White Shadows in the South Seas".  
  8. ^ "Which cinema films have earned the most". Trove digitized newspapers and more. The Argus (Melbourne, 1848-1957). Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Box office / business for West of Zanzibar". Internet Movie Database (IMDB). Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
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