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Not only was 1955 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:

  • James Cromwell Daddy Long Legs
  • Clint EastwoodRevenge of the Creature
  • Dennis HopperRebel Without a Cause
  • Shirley MacLaineThe Trouble with Harry
  • Jayne MansfieldFemale Jungle
  • Walter MatthauThe Kentuckian
  • Melina MercouriStella
  • Elizabeth MontgomeryThe Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
  • Maximilian SchellChildren, Mother, and the General
  • Paul ScofieldThat Lady
  • Joanne WoodwardCount Three and Pray

 

Top-grossing Films

RankTitleStudioGross
1.Cinerama HolidayCinerama Productions$10,000,000
2.Mister RobertsWarner Bros.$8,500,000
3.Battle CryWarner Bros.$8,000,000
 20,000 Leagues Under the SeaDisney$8,000,000
4.Not as a StrangerUnited Artists$7,100,000
 Oklahoma!RKO$7,100,000
5.Guys and DollsMGM$6,900,000
 The Country GirlParamount$6,900,000
6.Lady and the TrampWalt Disney Productions$6,500,000
8.Strategic Air CommandParamount Pictures$6,000,000
 To Hell and BackUniversal$6,000,000
 The Sea ChaseWarner Bros.$6,000,000
 The Tall Men20th Century Fox$6,000,000
9.Blackboard JungleMGM$5,200,000
10.East of EdenWarner Bros.$5,000,000
 Pete Kelly’s BluesWarner Bros.$5,000,000
 The Seven Year Itch20th Century Fox$5,000,000
11.A Man Called Peter20th Century Fox$4,500,000

 

Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: Marty – Hecht-Lancaster, United Artists

Best Director: Delbert MannMarty

Best Actor: Ernest BorgnineMarty

Best Actress: Anna MagnaniThe Rose Tattoo

Best Supporting Actor: Jack LemmonMister Roberts

Best Supporting Actress: Jo Van FleetEast of Eden

 

Top Ten Money Making Stars

RankActor/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

 

Among Those Who Died In 1955:

  • February 11 – Ona Munson, 55, American actress, Five Star Final, Gone with the Wind
  • February 12

        Tom Moore, 71, Irish-American actor, Forever Amber, Road House

Z. Sakall, 72, Hungarian actor, Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy

  • April 7 – Theda Bara, 69, American silent film actress, A Fool There Was, Cleopatra
  • April 25 – Constance Collier, 77, British actress, Stage Door, Rope
  • May 13 – Betty Ann Davies, 44, British actress, My Old Duchess, The Man in Black
  • June 11 – Walter Hampden, 75, American actor, Sabrina, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • July 31 – Robert Francis, 25, American actor, The Caine Mutiny, The Long Gray Line,
  • August 5 – Carmen Miranda, 46, Brazilian singer and actress, Copacabana, The Gang’s All Here
  • August 6 – Janet Beecher, 70, American actress, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, The Mark of Zorro
  • August 10 – Jane Murfin, 70, American screenwriter, What Price Hollywood?, The Women
  • August 12 – Lynne Carver, 38, American actress, Everybody Sing, Young Dr. Kildare
  • September 20 –

        Robert Riskin, 58, American screenwriter, It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

        Noel M. Smith, 60, American director, Secret Service of the Air, Cattle Town

  • September 30 – James Dean, 24, American actor, Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden
  • October 1 – Charles Christie, 75, Canadian pioneer film studio owner
  • October 9 – Alice Joyce, 65, American actress, The Green Goddess, White Man
  • October 19 – John Hodiak, 41, American actor, Lifeboat, A Bell for Adano,
  • November 9 – Tom Powers, 65, American actor, Double Indemnity, The Blue Dahlia
  • November 14 – Robert E. Sherwood, 59, Amer