1943 in film

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The year 1943 in film involved some significant events.


  • January 3 - first missing persons telecast (NYC)
  • February 20 - American film studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor films.
  • November 23 - British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operation
  • December 31 - NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater


Top grossing films (U.S.)[2][edit]

Box office numbers were reported at the time as a percentage compared to 'normal' business at each theater. For example, For Whom the Bell Tolls performed at an extraordinary 254% while Thousands Cheer was a hit at 176%. This is why exact dollar grosses for the period are unreliable at best.

Rank Title Studio Actors
1. For Whom the Bell Tolls Paramount Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman
2. This is the Army Warner Bros. Ronald Reagan, Joan Leslie and George Murphy
3. The Song of Bernadette 20th Century Fox Jennifer Jones
4. Hitler's Children RKO Tim Holt, Bonita Granville and Kent Smith
5. Star Spangled Rhythm Paramount Betty Hutton, Victor Moore, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby
6. Casablanca Warner Bros. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman
7. Air Force Warner Bros. John Garfield, Gig Young, Harry Carey
8. Destination Tokyo Warner Bros. Cary Grant, John Garfield
9. A Guy Named Joe MGM Spencer Tracy, Irene Dunne, Van Johnson
10. Coney Island 20th Century Fox Betty Grable
11. So Proudly We Hail! Paramount Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake
12. Behind the Rising Sun RKO Margo, Tom Neal
13. Guadalcanal Diary 20th Century Fox Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, Anthony Quinn
14. Hello, Frisco, Hello 20th Century Fox Alice Faye, John Payne
15. Dixie Paramount Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour
16. Sweet Rosie O'Grady 20th Century Fox Betty Grable
17. Girl Crazy MGM Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland
18. Stage Door Canteen United Artists Cheryl Walker, Lon McCallister
19. The Gang's All Here 20th Century Fox Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Benny Goodman
20. Thousands Cheer MGM Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson, Mary Astor, John Boles
21. Thank Your Lucky Stars Warner Bros. Eddie Cantor, Joan Leslie


16th Academy Awards[edit]

Best Picture: Casablanca - Warner Bros.
Best Director: Michael Curtiz - Casablanca
Best Actor: Paul Lukas - Watch on the Rhine
Best Actress: Jennifer Jones - The Song of Bernadette
Best Supporting Actor: Charles Coburn - The More the Merrier
Best Supporting Actress: Katina Paxinou - For Whom the Bell Tolls

1st Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Best Picture: The Song of Bernadette
Best Director: Henry KingThe Song of Bernadette
Best Actor: Paul LukasWatch on the Rhine
Best Actress: Jennifer JonesThe Song of Bernadette

Top Ten Money Making Stars[edit]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Betty Grable
2. Bob Hope
3. (tie) Bud Abbott
Lou Costello
4. Bing Crosby
5. Gary Cooper
6. Greer Garson
7. Humphrey Bogart
8. James Cagney
9. Mickey Rooney
10. Clark Gable

Notable films released in 1943[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated











Comedy film series[edit]

Animated short film series[edit]



Film Debuts[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.historyorb.com/events/date/1943?p=5
  2. ^ Box Office Digest, March 1944, p. 14

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