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Not only was 1942 a big year for movies but it was also a big year for actors making their film debuts and the deaths of some truly great talent. Here is a snap shot of the American film industry.
Making Their Film Debuts:
Richard Attenborough – In Which We Serve; Anne Jeffreys – Billy the Kid Trapped; Gene Kelly – For Me and My Gal; Harry Morgan – To the Shores of Tripoli; Simone Signoret – Bolero; Elizabeth Taylor – There’s One Born Every Minute; and Esther Williams – Andy Hardy’s Double Life
Box office numbers were reported at the time as a percentage compared to ‘normal’ business at each theater. For example, Mrs. Miniver performed at 244% while The Major and the Minor did a solid 155%. This is why exact dollar grosses for the period are unreliable at best.
|2.||Yankee Doodle Dandy||Warner Bros.|
|4.||Road to Morocco||Paramount|
|5.||Reap the Wild Wind||Paramount|
|6.||The Black Swan||20th Century Fox|
|7.||Somewhere I’ll Find You||MGM|
|10.||The Pride of the Yankees||RKO|
|12.||For Me and My Gal||MGM|
|13.||Pardon My Sarong||Universal|
|14.||My Sister Eileen||Columbia|
|15.||Who Done It?||Universal|
|16.||The Major and the Minor||Paramount|
|17.||This Above All||20th Century Fox|
|18.||The Talk of the Town||Columbia|
|19.||My Favorite Blonde||Paramount|
Academy Award Winners
Special Academy Award: In Which We Serve
Among Those Who Died In 1942:
- Carole Lombard, 33, American actress, To Be or Not to Be, My Man Godfrey, Made for Each Other, Nothing Sacred;
- John Barrymore, 60, American actor, Grand Hotel, Twentieth Century, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dinner at Eight;
- Rafaela Ottiano, 54, Italian-born American actress, Grand Hotel, She Done Him Wrong, The Devil-Doll, Curly Top;
- May Robson, 84, Australian-born American stage & film actress, Bringing Up Baby, A Star is Born, Lady for a Day, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer;
- George M. Cohan, 64, American actor, songwriter, entertainer, The Phantom President, Broadway Jones, subject of Yankee Doodle Dandy;
- Edna May Oliver, 59, American stage & film actress, David Copperfield, Drums Along the Mohawk, Little Women, A Tale of Two Cities;
- Laura Hope Crews, 62, American stage & screen actress, Gone with the Wind, Camille, Angel, The Blue Bird;
- Sidney Fox, 30, American actress, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Bad Sister, Six Cylinder Love;
- Helen Westley, 67, American stage & screen actress, Heidi, Roberta, All This, and Heaven Too, Alexander’s Ragtime Band
The Greatest Films of 1942
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D: Disney Studio
Another appealing, popular Disney animated film classic, based on Felix Salten’s book. The legendary film follows newborn baby fawn Bambi as he grows up, experiences the loss of his mother by a hunter, and eventually becomes a leader of the herd – a magnificent stag. The maturing of Bambi illustrates the struggles, turmoil, and changes that accompany the changing of seasons, the passage of time, and life’s survival, as he comes of age and completes the cycle of life. With memorable supporting characters and forest friends of Bambi, including Thumper the rabbit, Flower the skunk and Owl the owl.
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