The regular MovieFanFare posting of "This Week In Film History" had some notable Swing Era events movie-wise, including Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers, Daffy Duck and Tracy & Hepburn. Here are the relevant items from the 1930s and '40s.
April 12, 1932: The first “all-star” (John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, et al.) movie, MGM’s Oscar-winning Grand Hotel, opens.
April 16, 1932: Laurel and Hardy’s The Music Box, which goes on to earn the duo a Best Comedy Short Subject Academy Award, opens.
April 13, 1935: Prior to shooting their first MGM film, The Marx Brothers start a nationwide stage tour featuring scenes from A Night at the Opera.
April 16, 1937: Portrayed by Joel McCrea, the character of Dr. Kildare makes his film debut in the MGM drama Internes Can’t Take Money.
April 17, 1937: A manic, “darn-fool duck” named Daffy makes his debut in the Warner Bros. cartoon Porky’s Duck Hunt, directed by Tex Avery.
April 18, 1937: British composer Sir Arthur Bliss’ score for Things to Come becomes the first soundtrack to be issued on records to the public in its entirety.
April 12, 1940: The only Alfred Hitchcock film to win the Best Picture Academy Award, Rebecca, opens.
April 15, 1942: Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy team up for the first time in MGM’s Woman of the Year.