1954 in film

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The year 1954 in film involved some significant events and memorable ones.

Events[edit]

  • A reproduction of "America's First Movie Studio", Thomas Edison's Black Maria, is constructed.
  • May 12 — The Marx Brothers' Zeppo Marx divorces wife Marion Benda. The two were married in 1927.
  • September 29 — A Star is Born premieres and marks Judy Garland's comeback after her termination from her contract at MGM. An astounding success with critics and audiences, A Star is Born not only marked the first time that legendary director George Cukor had made a film musical and film that is in Technicolor and in the anamorphic widescreen format, but also it's been regarded as one of the Garland's best performances in her film career.
  • November 3 — The movie Godzilla premieres in Japan. It became a huge success and became the first in series of Godzilla movies, the longest running film series in history[citation needed].

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

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. White Christmas Paramount Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Vera-Ellen $30,000,000[1]
2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Walt Disney Pictures Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and Peter Lorre $28,200,000[2]
3. Rear Window Paramount James Stewart and Grace Kelly $27,559,601[3]
4. Demetrius and the Gladiators 20th Century Fox Victor Mature, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine $26,000,000[4]
5. The Caine Mutiny Columbia Humphrey Bogart and Fred MacMurray $21,800,000[5]
6. Vera Cruz MGM Cary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, and Charles Bronson $11,000,000
7. Carmen Jones 20th Century Fox Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte, and Pearl Bailey $9,812,000
8. The Country Girl Paramount Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and William Holden $7,963,000
9. The Barefoot Contessa MGM Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, and Edmond O'Brien $7,298,000
10. A Star Is Born
The High and the Mighty
Warner Bros. Judy Garland and James Mason
John Wayne and Robert Stack
$6,850,000
11. Magnificent Obsession Universal Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson $5,200,000
12. The Long, Long Trailer MGM Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz $5,000,000
13. On the Waterfront
Desiré
Columbia Marlon Brando, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and Eva Marie Saint
Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons
$4,500,000
14. Sabrina Paramount Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, and William Holden
15. River of No Return 20th Century Fox Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum
16. The Last Time I Saw Paris MGM Elizabeth Taylor
17. Dial M for Murder Warner Bros. Ray Milland and Grace Kelly
18. Living It Up Paramount Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
19. Young at Heart Warner Bros. Frank Sinatra and Doris Day
20. It Should Happen to You Columbia Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, and Jack Lemmon
21. Francis Joins the WACS Universal Donald O'Connor, Julie Adams, and Mamie Van Doren
22. Johnny Guitar Republic Pictures Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden
23. Elephant Walk Paramount Elizabeth Taylor

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: On the Waterfront - Horizon-American, Columbia
Best Director: Elia Kazan - On The Waterfront
Best Actor: Marlon Brando - On the Waterfront
Best Actress: Grace Kelly - The Country Girl
Best Supporting Actor: Edmond O'Brien - The Barefoot Contessa
Best Supporting Actress: Eva Marie Saint - On The Waterfront

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: On the Waterfront
Best Actor: Marlon Brando - On the Waterfront
Best Actress: Grace Kelly - The Country Girl
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Carmen Jones
Best Actor: James Mason - A Star Is Born
Best Actress: Judy Garland - A Star Is Born
Other
Best Director: Elia Kazan - On the Waterfront
Best Foreign Film: Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi), Japan
Best Foreign Film: No Way Back (Weg Ohne Umkehr), West Germany
Best Foreign Film: The Lady of the Camellias (La Mujer de las camelias), Argentina
Best Foreign Film: Genevieve, United Kingdom

Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival):

Jigokumon 地獄門, (Gate of Hell), directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japan

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Romeo and Juliet (Romeo e Giulietta), directed by Renato Castellani, Italy / U.K.

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Hobson's Choice, directed by David Lean, United Kingdom

Top Ten Money Making Stars[edit]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. John Wayne
2. (tie) Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
3. Gary Cooper
4. Marilyn Monroe
5. James Stewart
6. Alan Ladd
7. William Holden
8. Bing Crosby
9. Jane Wyman
10. Marlon Brando

Notable films released in 1954[edit]

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Film Debuts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Box Office Information for White Christmas. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  2. ^ Box Office Information for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  3. ^ Box Office Information for Rear Window. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  4. ^ Box Office Information for Demetrius and the Gladiators. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013
  5. ^ Box Office Information for The Caine Mutiny. The Numbers. Retrieved April 15, 2013