1949 in film

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The year 1949 in film involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

Top grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Samson and Delilah Paramount Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature $11,500,000
2. Battleground MGM Van Johnson and John Hodiak $5,051,000
3. Jolson Sings Again
Sands of Iwo Jima
Columbia
Republic
Larry Parks
John Wayne
$5,000,000
5. I Was a Male War Bride 20th Century Fox Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan $4,100,000
6. Twelve O'Clock High 20th Century Fox Gregory Peck $4,025,000
7. A Letter to Three Wives 20th Century Fox Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern $3,800,000
8. The Heiress Paramount Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift and Miriam Hopkins $3,700,000
9. Pinky 20th Century Fox Jeanne Crain $3,600,000
10. All the King's Men Columbia Broderick Crawford and John Ireland $3,500,000
11. Little Women MGM June Allyson and Elizabeth Taylor $3,500,000
12. Look for the Silver Lining 20th Century Fox June Haver and Ray Bolger $3,250,000

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: All the King's Men - Rossen, Columbia
Best Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz - A Letter to Three Wives
Best Actor: Broderick Crawford - All the King's Men
Best Actress: Olivia de Havilland - The Heiress
Best Supporting Actor: Dean Jagger - Twelve O'Clock High
Best Supporting Actress: Mercedes McCambridge - All the King's Men

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: All the King's Men
Best Director: Robert RossenAll the King's Men
Best Actor: Broderick CrawfordAll the King's Men
Best Actress: Olivia de HavillandThe Heiress
Best Foreign Language Film: The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di Biciclette), Italy

Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival):

The Third Man, directed by Carol Reed, United Kingdom

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)

Manon, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

Top Ten Money Making Stars[edit]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Bob Hope
2. Bing Crosby
3. (tie) Bud Abbott
Lou Costello
4. John Wayne
5. Gary Cooper
6. Cary Grant
7. Betty Grable
8. Esther Williams
9. Humphrey Bogart
10. Clark Gable

Notable films released in 1949[edit]

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Serials[edit]

Short film series[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • January 6 – Victor Fleming, American director and producer (born 1889)
  • April 15 – Wallace Beery, American s actor (born 1885)
  • April 18 – Will Hay, English comedian, actor and film director (born 1888)
  • April 22 – Charles B. Middleton, American actor (born 1874)
  • September 4 – Olof Ås, Swedish actor, stage manager (born 1892)
  • September 14 – Romuald Joubé, French actor (born 1876)
  • September 18 – Frank Morgan, American actor (born 1890)
  • October 14 – Fritz Leiber, Sr., American actor (born 1882)
  • November 25 – Bill Robinson, American dancer and actor (born 1878)
  • December 16 – Sidney Olcott, Canadian-born American film director (born 1873)

Film Debuts[edit]