1955 in film

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The year 1955 in film involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

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

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Lady and the Tramp* Disney $100,249,000
2. Mister Roberts Warner Bros. Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon $9,900,000
3. Guys and Dolls MGM Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra $8,075,000
4. The Seven Year Itch Fox Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell $7,875,000
5. Rebel Without a Cause Warner Bros. James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo $7,100,000[citation needed]
6. Picnic Columbia William Holden, Kim Novak, Cliff Robertson and Rosalind Russell $6,350,000
7. To Hell and Back Universal Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson and Charles Drake One source claims the film grossed $6,500,000, but another source says it was nearer to $10,000,000.
8. Oklahoma! Magna/RKO/Fox Gordon MacRae, Gloria Grahame and Shirley Jones $6,275,000
9. Love Me or Leave Me MGM Doris Day and James Cagney $6,150,000
10. The Sea Chase Warner Bros. John Wayne and Lana Turner $6,000,000
11. East of Eden Warner Bros. James Dean, Julie Harris and Raymond Massey $5,850,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Marty - Hecht-Lancaster, United Artists
Best Director: Delbert Mann - Marty
Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine - Marty
Best Actress: Anna Magnani - The Rose Tattoo
Best Supporting Actor: Jack Lemmon - Mister Roberts
Best Supporting Actress: Jo Van Fleet - East of Eden

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: East of Eden
Best Actor: Ernest BorgnineMarty
Best Actress: Anna MagnaniThe Rose Tattoo
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Guys and Dolls
Best Actor: Tom EwellThe Seven Year Itch
Best Actress: Jean SimmonsGuys and Dolls
Other
Best Director: Joshua LoganPicnic
Best Foreign Film: Ordet (The Word), Denmark
Best Foreign Film: Stella, Greece
Best Foreign Film: Sons, Mothers, and a General, West Germany
Best Foreign Film: Eyes of Children, Japan

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Marty, directed by Delbert Mann, United States

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Ordet (The Word), directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Die Ratten (The Rats), directed by Robert Siodmak, West Germany

Top Ten Money Making Stars[edit]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. James Stewart
2. Grace Kelly
3. John Wayne
4. William Holden
5. Gary Cooper
6. Marilyn Monroe
7. (tie) Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
8. Marlon Brando
9. Humphrey Bogart
10. Clark Gable

Notable films released in 1955[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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Serials[edit]

Short film series[edit]

Cartoon:

One-Reel:

  • Gadgets Galore (Warner Varieties Series) (Robert Youngson, producer; Warner Bros.)
  • Survival City (Movietone CinemaScope Series) (Edmund Reek, producer; Twentieth Century-Fox)
  • 3rd Ave. El (Carson Davidson Productions; Ardee Films)
  • Three Kisses (Topper Special Series) (Justin Herman, producer; Paramount)

Two-Reel:

  • The Battle of Gettysburg (Dore Schary, producer; MGM)
  • The Face of Lincoln (University of Southern California Presentation; Cavalcade Pictures, Inc.)
  • On The Twelfth Day…(United Kingdom Series) (Go Pictures, Inc.; George Brest and Associates)
  • Switzerland (People and Places Series) (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
  • 24-Hour Alert (Cedric Francis, producer; Warner Bros.)

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Film Debuts[edit]