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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

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
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

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