The Entertainment of Yesterday

Radio, Comics, Movies, and Books


In the 1930's, the radio was the "internet" of the 1930's. Many times it was used as news, entertainment, and bringing people together. Some of the most popular shows were: "Little Orphan Annie", "Your's Truly, Johnny Dollar", and "Gunsmoke". There were also news bulletins that came on sometimes during the shows to tell people about what was going on in the war.


Even though they were struggling through this hard time they did make some space for comic relief. In 1938 Superman made his first appearance to save the day.


In the 1930’s movies allowed people to fill their lungs with laughter, escape from reality and forget their plights brought upon by the Great Depression “Hollywood emerged into a golden age. People gathered together to watch movie stars like Clark Gable, Bette Davis, and Little Shirley Temple. Also in 1937, Walt Disney's "Snow White" came to be America's first full-length animated movie, and "Gone with the Wind" premiered in 1939 Atlanta.


Some of the popular books of the 1930's were "Mice and Men", "The Grapes of Wrath" all by John Steinbeck. That was also the year J.R.R. Tolkien wrote his infamous "The Hobbit". There was also a book called "Water for Elephants" that was very popular at that time.