The Film Daily

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The Film Daily
Film Daily cover - September 3 1922.jpg
September 3, 1922 cover of The Film Daily with child actress Baby Peggy
Categories Film
First issue 1913 (daily in 1915)
Final issue 1970
Country United States
Language English

The Film Daily was a daily publication that existed from 1915 to 1970 in the United States. For 55 years, Film Daily was the main source of news on the film and television industries. It covered the latest trade news, film reviews, financial updates, information on court cases and union difficulties, and equipment breakthroughs.

Publication history[edit]

The publication was originated by Wid Gunning in 1913 (though not as a daily), and the publication retained "Wid" in the title until 1922.[1]

The publications were broken into five parts:

  • Part One: Wid's Film and Film Folk, 1915–1916, Wid's Independent Review of Feature Films, 1916–1918; Wid's Daily, 1918–1921; and Film Daily, 1922-1927
  • Part Two: Film Daily, 1928–1937
  • Part Three: Film Daily, 1938–1948
  • Part Four: Film Daily, 1949–1959
  • Part Five: Film Daily, 1960–1970
  • Series Two: Film Daily Yearbook and Predecessors, 1915–1970

No index of Film Daily currently exists, though Primary Source Microfilm did republish the entire periodical on microfilm in 1990, in a 125 reel set.

The Media History Digital Library has scans of the archive of Film Daily from 1918–48 available online as of 2015.

Annual Critics' Poll[edit]

Film Daily was best known for its annual year-end critics' poll, in which hundreds of professional movie critics from around the country submitted their votes for the best films of the year, which the magazine then tallied and published as a top ten list. It was not uncommon for a film to win for a year that actually came after the year it first premiered, since the rollover date for each year's eligibility cycle was typically November 1 and the film was required to be in general release.[2] Gone with the Wind, for example, premiered in 1939 but didn't become eligible until 1941 when it switched from a roadshow format to a general release.[3] No winner was named in 1950 because for that year only, separate categories were polled for Drama of the Year and Musical of the Year (won by Sunset Boulevard and Annie Get Your Gun, respectively).[4]

Critics' Poll Results[edit]

Year Winning film Runner-up Cite(s)
1922 Orphans of the Storm Grandma's Boy [5]
1923 The Covered Wagon Merry-Go-Round [5]
1924 The Thief of Bagdad The Sea Hawk [5]
1925 The Gold Rush The Unholy Three [5]
1926 Variety Ben-Hur [5]
1927 Beau Geste The Big Parade [5]
1928 The Patriot Sorrell and Son [5]
1929 Disraeli The Broadway Melody [5]
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front Abraham Lincoln [6]
1931 Cimarron Street Scene [7]
1932 Grand Hotel The Champ [8]
1933 Cavalcade 42nd Street [9]
1934 The Barretts of Wimpole Street The House of Rothschild [10]
1935 David Copperfield The Lives of a Bengal Lancer [11]
1936 Mutiny on the Bounty Mr. Deeds Goes to Town [12]
1937 The Life of Emile Zola The Good Earth [13]
1938 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs You Can't Take It with You [14]
1939 Goodbye, Mr. Chips Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [15]
1940 Rebecca The Grapes of Wrath [16]
1941 Gone with the Wind Sergeant York [3]
1942 Mrs. Miniver How Green Was My Valley [17]
1943 Random Harvest For Whom the Bell Tolls [18]
1944 Going My Way The Song of Bernadette [19]
1945 Wilson A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [20]
1946 The Lost Weekend The Green Years [21]
1947 The Best Years of Our Lives The Jolson Story [22]
1948 Gentleman's Agreement Johnny Belinda [23]
1949 The Snake Pit The Red Shoes [24]
1950 category not polled - [5]
1951 A Place in the Sun A Streetcar Named Desire [25]
1952 High Noon The Quiet Man [26]
1953 From Here to Eternity Shane [27]
1954 The Caine Mutiny On the Waterfront [27]
1955 Mister Roberts Marty [27]
1956 The King and I Giant [27]
1957 Around the World in 80 Days Sayonara [28]
1958 The Bridge on the River Kwai Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [27]
1959 Anatomy of a Murder The Diary of Anne Frank [27]
1960 The Apartment Elmer Gantry [27]
1961 The Guns of Navarone The Hustler [27]
1962 The Manchurian Candidate The Music Man [27]
1963 Tom Jones Hud [29]
1964 My Fair Lady Becket [30]
1965 The Sound of Music Ship of Fools [31]
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming [32]
1967 In the Heat of the Night Bonnie and Clyde [33]
1968 The Lion in Winter Rosemary's Baby [34][35]
1969 Midnight Cowboy Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Film Daily (January – March 1935) Description". Media History Digital Library. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "53 Feature Find Places on Poll Honor Roll". Film Daily: 4. January 14, 1941. 
  3. ^ a b Aitchison, Marion (January 14, 1942). "Times Reviewers Again Pick Eight Out of Ten Winners". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida: 13. 
  4. ^ "Holden and Swanson Get Film Daily Nod". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane, Washington: 16. November 6, 1950. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Gottesman, Ronald; Geduld, Harry M. (1972). Guidebook to Film: An Eleven-in-one Reference. Holt McDougal. pp. 190, 192. ISBN 9780030852923. 
  6. ^ "The Ten Best Pictures of 1930". January 22, 1931: 1. 
  7. ^ ""Cimarron" Heads Ten Best Films". Film Daily: 1. January 18, 1932. 
  8. ^ ""Grand Hotel" Leads Ten Best List". Film Daily: 1. January 11, 1933. 
  9. ^ ""Cavalcade" Heads Ten Best Films". Film Daily: 1. January 10, 1934. 
  10. ^ ""Barretts" Leads Ten Best Pictures". Film Daily: 1. January 3, 1935. 
  11. ^ ""Copperfield" Heads 1935 'Ten Best'". Film Daily: 1. January 9, 1936. 
  12. ^ ""Mutiny on the Bounty" Heads '36 "Ten Best"". Film Daily: 1. January 7, 1937. 
  13. ^ "Critics Vote "Emile Zola" Year's Best". Film Daily: 1. January 6, 1938. 
  14. ^ "Critics Vote 'Snow White' 1938's Best". Film Daily: 1. January 12, 1939. 
  15. ^ "Critics Vote "Mr. Chips" As '39's Best". Film Daily: 1. January 12, 1940. 
  16. ^ ""Rebecca" Wins Critics' Poll". Film Daily: 1. January 14, 1941. 
  17. ^ "Times Picks Six of Ten Best Films". St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida: 13. January 13, 1943. 
  18. ^ "'Random Harvest' Voted Best Film". San Jose Evening News. San Jose, California: 16. January 18, 1944. 
  19. ^ ""Way" First in 10 Best Poll". Film Daily: 1. January 15, 1945. 
  20. ^ ""Wilson" Tops "10 Best" Poll". Film Daily: 1. January 14, 1946. 
  21. ^ Bahn, Chester (January 8, 1947). ""Lost Weekend" Voted Best Film Feature From Hollywood in 1946". The Florence Times. Florence, Alabama: 8. 
  22. ^ ""Best Years" Tops 1947 Poll". Film Daily: 1. January 12, 1948. 
  23. ^ "Film Daily Lists Ten Best Movies". Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, Florida: 24. December 20, 1948. 
  24. ^ "'Snake Pit' Wins Top Place in National Movie Poll". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh: 10. January 23, 1950. 
  25. ^ "'A Place in Sun' Wins Film Poll". The Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington: 2. March 6, 1952. 
  26. ^ "Western Voted Top 1952 Film". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Spokane Washington: 11. March 9, 1953. 
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h i The 1963 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures. New York: Wid's Films and Film Folk, Inc. 1963. pp. 119–125. 
  28. ^ "Todd Movie Voted Best Of Year". Daytona Beach Morning Herald. Daytona Beach, Florida: 1. March 17, 1958. 
  29. ^ "Tom Jones Film Picked as Best". The Day. New London, Connecticut: 1. April 10, 1964. 
  30. ^ Reid, John Howard (2010). British Movie Entertainments on Vhs and DVD: A Classic Movie Fan's Guide. Lulu. p. 204. ISBN 9780557582754. 
  31. ^ "'Sound of Music' Named Best". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Daytona Beach, Florida: 2. April 11, 1966. 
  32. ^ "Bits of Show Business". Milwaukee Journal. Milwaukee: Part 2, p. 6. February 5, 1967. 
  33. ^ Cohen, Harold V. (March 8, 1968). "Over 300 Critics Pick 'Heat of the Night,' Too": 15. 
  34. ^ "'Lion in Winter' Selected As Best Film by Reviewers". Albuquerque Journal. Albuquerque, New Mexico: 33. March 20, 1969. 
  35. ^ Reid, John Howard (2006). Cinemascope 3: Hollywood Takes the Plunge. Lulu. p. 273. ISBN 9781411671881. 
  36. ^ "'Cowboy,' Hoffman, Voight, Liza Win". Deseret News. Salt Lake City: 10A. March 3, 1970. 

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