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Not only was 1967 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:

  • Eileen Brennan – Divorce American Style
  • Richard DreyfussValley of the Dolls
  • Faye Dunaway – Hurry Sundown
  • Robert Forster – Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Dustin Hoffman – The Tiger Makes Out
  • Anthony Hopkins – Red, White and Zero
  • Katharine HoughtonGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • Anjelica Huston – Casino Royale
  • Harvey Keitel – Who’s That Knocking at My Door
  • Pat MoritaThoroughly Modern Millie
  • Richard Pryor – The Busy Body
  • Martin Sheen – The Incident
  • Jon Voight – Fearless Frank
  • Lesley Ann Warren – The Happiest Millionaire
  • Gene WilderBonnie and Clyde
  • Paul Winfield – The Perils of Pauline
  • Michael York – The Taming of the Shrew

 

Top-grossing Films

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. The Graduate AVCO Embassy / United Artists $104,642,560
2. The Jungle Book Walt Disney Productions / Walt Disney Feature Animation $73,741,048
3. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Columbia Pictures $56,666,667
4. Bonnie and Clyde Warner Bros.-Seven Arts $50,700,000
5. The Dirty Dozen Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $45,300,000
6. Valley of the Dolls 20th Century Fox $44,432,255
7. You Only Live Twice United Artists $43,084,787
8. To Sir, with Love Columbia Pictures $42,432,803
9. The Born Losers American International Pictures $36,000,000
10. Thoroughly Modern Millie Universal Pictures $34,335,025
11. Camelot Warner Bros.-Seven Arts $31,102,578
12. In the Heat of the Night United Artists $24,379,978
13. Casino Royale Columbia Pictures $22,744,718
14. I Am Curious (Yellow) Janus Films $20,238,100
15. Barefoot in the Park Paramount Pictures $19,994,515
16. Wait Until Dark Warner Bros.-Seven Arts $17,550,741
17. Cool Hand Luke Warner Bros.-Seven Arts $16,217,773
18. In Cold Blood Columbia Pictures $13,000,000
19. Hombre 20th Century Fox $12,000,000
19. Divorce American Style Columbia Pictures $12,000,000
19. Two for the Road 20th Century Fox $12,000,000
20. In Like Flint 20th Century Fox $11,000,000
21. The Trip American International Pictures $10,000,000
22. Doctor Dolittle 20th Century Fox $9,000,000
23. The Taming of the Shrew Columbia Pictures $8,000,000

 

Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: In the Heat of the Night – Mirisch, United Artists

Best Director: Mike NicholsThe Graduate

Best Actor: Rod SteigerIn the Heat of the Night

Best Actress: Katharine HepburnGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Best Supporting Actor: George KennedyCool Hand Luke

Best Supporting Actress: Estelle ParsonsBonnie and Clyde

 

 

Among Those Who Died In 1967:

  • January 8 – Zbigniew Cybulski, 39, Polish actor, Ashes and Diamonds, The Saragossa Manuscript
  • January 21 – Ann Sheridan, 51, American actress, Angels with Dirty Faces, Kings Row
  • January 22 – Jobyna Ralston, 67, American actress, Wings, The Freshman
  • February 1 – Richard L. Breen, 48, American screenwriter, Captain Newman, M.D., Titanic
  • February 6 – Martine Carol, 46, French actress, Lola Montes, Around the World in 80 Days
  • February 10 – Ralph Murphy, 71, American director, I Want a Divorce, 70,000 Witnesses
  • February 14 – Sig Ruman, 82, German actor, Stalag 17, Ninotchka
  • February 15 – Antonio Moreno, 79, Spanish-American actor and director, The Searchers, Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • February 16 – Smiley Burnette, 55, American actor, King of the Cowboys, Ridin’ on a Rainbow
  • February 17 – Louise Henry, 55, American actress, There Goes the Groom, 45 Fathers
  • February 21 – Charles Beaumont, 38, American television and film writer, Brain Dead, The Intruder
  • February 24 – Franz Waxman, 60, German film composer, Stalag 17, Mister Roberts
  • March 5 – Mischa Auer, 61, Russian actor, You Can’t Take It With You, Destry Rides Again
  • March 6 – Nelson Eddy, 65, American singer and actor, Make Mine Music, The Chocolate Soldier
  • March 11 – Geraldine Farrar, 85, American singer and actress, Carmen, Joan the Woman
  • April 15 – Totò, 69, Italian actor and writer, Big Deal on Madonna Street, The Hawks and the Sparrows
  • April 22 – Tom Conway, 62, Russian-American actor, The Falcon’s Brother, Cat People
  • April 24
  • April 29 – Anthony Mann, 60, American director, El Cid, Winchester ’73
  • May 7 – Judith Evelyn, 58, American actress, Rear Window, Giant
  • May 8
    • LaVerne Andrews, 55, American singer and actress (Andrews Sisters), Road to Rio, Follow the Boys
    • Barbara Payton, 39, American actress, Bride of the Gorilla, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
  • May 14 – James Tinling, 78, American director, Charlie Chan in Shanghai, 45 Fathers
  • May 30 – Claude Rains, 77, British actor, Casablanca, Notorious, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Invisible Man
  • June 7 – Dorothy Parker, 73, American writer, A Star Is Born, Saboteur
  • June 10
  • June 16 – Reginald Denny, 75, British actor, Rebecca, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  • June 26 – Françoise Dorléac, 25, French actress, The Soft Skin, Cul-de-sac
  • June 29 – Jayne Mansfield, 34, American actress, The Wayward Bus, The Girl Can’t Help It
  • July 8 – Vivien Leigh, 53, British actress, Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire
  • July 17 – Enzo Petito, 69, Italian actor, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • July 21
  • August 9 – Anton Walbrook, 70, Austrian actor, La Ronde, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • August 13 – Jane Darwell, 87, American actress, The Grapes of Wrath, Gone with the Wind
  • August 25 – Paul Muni, 71, Ukrainian-American actor, Scarface, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
  • September 1 – James Dunn, 65, American actor, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Bright Eyes
  • October 12 – Nat Pendleton, 72, American actor, former Olympic swimmer, The Thin Man, The Great Ziegfeld
  • October 29 – Julien Duvivier, 71, French director, Tales of Manhattan, Flesh and Fantasy
  • October 30 – Charles Trowbridge, 85, American actor, Sergeant York, Strange Alibi
  • November 1 – Benita Hume, 61, British actress, The Worst Woman in Paris?, The Private Life of Don Juan
  • November 4 – June Thorburn, 36, British actress, The Scarlet Blade, The 3 Worlds of Gulliver
  • November 9 – Charles Bickford, 76, American actor, Days of Wine and Roses, The Song of Bernadette
  • November 21 – Florence Reed, 84, American actress, The Eternal Mother, Great Expectations
  • November 29 – Theo Marcuse, 47, American actor, The Cincinnati Kid, Harum Scarum
  • December 4
    • Bert Lahr, 72, American actor, The Wizard of Oz, Sing Your Worries Away
    • Sarah Padden, 86, American actress, Women Won’t Tell, The Midnight Lady
  • December 21 – Stuart Erwin, 64, American actor, Pigskin Parade, Going Hollywood
  • December 23 – Kaaren Verne, 49, German actress, All Through the Night, Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon
  • December 29 – Paul Whiteman, 77, American bandleader, King of Jazz, Thanks a Million

The Greatest Films of 196

 

***POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT FOR ALL***

 

Poster for the movie "Bonnie and Clyde"

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Bonnie and Clyde

D: Arthur Penn

Stars:  Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard

Groundbreaking, controversial, stylish crime drama/romance, and road film – about a 1930s bank-robbing couple and gang with easy-going, folksy flavor and bloody, graphically-violent shoot-outs. The saga was based on the true-life exploits of the notorious Depression-era bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Gun-toting, amoral, impotent drifter Clyde (Warren Beatty) rescues dreamer Bonnie (Faye Dunaway) from her drab existence by regaling her with colorful tales of the outlaw life. Joined by Clyde’s brother (Gene Hackman), his wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and a gas-station attendant (Pollard), the gang goes on a bumbling crime spree through Texas and Oklahoma. Controversial when released because of its bullet-riddled ending, it marked the coming increase in visceral cinematic violence.

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Cool Hand Luke

D: Stuart Rosenberg

Stars:  Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Luke Askew

Based on Donn Pearce’s novel and one of the great prison-chain-gang films. A spirited, irreverent, social misfit Luke (Paul Newman) is arrested for destroying parking meters and imprisoned in a tough Southern prison farm, commanded by a sadistic, prison officer Captain (Strother Martin). After boxing with the chain-gang boss Dragline (George Kennedy), he eventually becomes a hero to his fellow inmates, earning the title “Cool Hand Luke” because his will cannot be broken. A visit by Luke’s dying mother (Jo Van Fleet) reveals facts about his past. The stubborn, unruly and independent rebel refuses to submit and continually and coolly defies the authorities with repeated escape attempts. As the inmates start worshiping him as a folk hero, he risks everything in order to live up to their expectations and is sacrificed in the tragic climax. With the memorable line of dialogue: “What we have here is failure to communicate,” and the classic egg-eating scene.

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Poster for the movie "The Dirty Dozen"

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The Dirty Dozen

D: Robert Aldrich

Stars:  Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson

12 American military prisoners in World War II are ordered to infiltrate a well-guarded enemy château and kill the Nazi officers vacationing there. The soldiers, most of whom are facing death sentences for a variety of violent crimes, agree to the mission and the possible commuting of their sentences.

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Poster for the movie "Far from the Madding Crowd"

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Far From the Madding Crowd (UK)

D: John Schlesinger

Stars:  Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Alan Bates

Bathsheba Everdine, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and becomes romantically involved with three widely divergent men.

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Poster for the movie "The Graduate"

© 1967 Lawrence Turman − All right reserved.

The Graduate

D: Mike Nichols

Stars:  Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross

Acclaimed, satirical, ground-breaking, coming-of-age romantic drama/comedy about a shy, naive college graduate confronting the real world. In the late ’60s, a confused, alienated, idealistic, and vulnerable college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman in a breakthrough performance) was uncertain about his future and struggling to find his future place in life, reacting with passive rebellion. Without ambition or responsibility after a spoiled, upper-class upbringing, he received career advice from his overbearing suburban family’s associates – “plastics” – a catchword for an entire generation, just days after receiving his diploma. While seduced by the wife of his father’s business partner – a rapacious alcoholic named “Mrs. Robinson” (Anne Bancroft), he fell in love with her engaged daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross). Ultimately, he stole Elaine away from marriage to another man in the climactic finale. The influential and popular film, with a hit Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack, became an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. This film established Mike Nichols as a major director and was Hoffman’s first major role. Buck Henry, appearing in the film as a hotel clerk, co-wrote the influential screenplay, based on the novel by Charles Webb.

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Guess Who’s Coming to DinnerGuess Who’s Coming to Dinner

D: Stanley Kramer

Stars:  Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (who won the Academy Award® for Best Actress for her performance) are unforgettable as perplexed parents in this landmark 1967 movie about mixed marriage. Joanna (Katharine Houghton), the beautiful daughter of crusading publisher Matthew Drayton (Tracy) and his patrician wife Christina (Hepburn), returns home with her new fiancé John Prentice (Sidney Poitier), a distinguished black doctor. Christina accepts her daughter’s decision to marry John, but Matthew is shocked by this interracial union; the doctor’s parents are equally dismayed. Both families must sit down face to face and examine each other’s level of intolerance. In GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, director Stanley Kramer has created a masterful study of society’s prejudices.

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Poster for the movie "Hombre"

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Hombre

D: Martin Ritt

Stars:  Paul Newman, Fredric March, Richard Boone

John Russell (Paul Newman), a white man raised by a band of Arizona Apaches, is forced to confront the society he despises when he sells the boarding house his father has left him. While leaving town by stagecoach, several bigoted passengers insist he ride outside with the driver (Martin Balsam). But when outlaws leave them all stranded in the desert, Russell may be their only hope for survival! Diane Cilento, Frederic March, Richard Boone and Barbara Rush co-star in this action-packed Western classic.

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

D: David Swift

Stars:  Robert Morse, Michele Lee, Rudy Vallee

This musical comedy film version (with Bob Fosse choreography) virtually duplicated Frank Loesser’s Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from 1961 – it included two stars reprising their roles from the stage: Robert Morse (as boyish, gap-toothed ex-window washer and ambitious, up-and-coming corporate executive J. Pierpont “Ponty” Finch), and Rudy Vallee (as pompous boss Jasper B. Biggley). In this cynical and satirical look at corporate America in the mid-1960s, with all its corporate chicanery, gray flannel suits, executive washrooms, and office sexism, the strongly-ambitious 27 year-old Finch bought a self-help guidebook titled: “How to Succeed in Business…” to begin his ascent up the corporate ladder, using mostly devious and sneaky methods. He took a job in the NY offices of the World Wide Wicket Company, working under eccentric boss Biggley and ingratiating himself by posing as a graduate of Grand Old Ivy, Biggley’s alma mater. Soon, he became VP of Advertising, and began a romance with cute secretary Rosemary Pilkington (Michele Lee in her film debut). At the same time, Biggley was having an affair with hip-swiveling, curvaceous, high-pitch voiced, but incompetent office worker Hedy LaRue (Maureen Arthur), his secret live-in girlfriend. Finch arranged a tryst between rival Bud Frump (Anthony Teague), Biggley’s bratty, whiny and nepharious nephew and Hedy, thereby eliminating the co-worker. He also disposed of troublesome Mr. Ovington (Murray Matheson) by exposing that his alma mater was Biggley’s rival college. His successful advancement eventually brought him to the position of Chairman of the Board.

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Poster for the movie "In Cold Blood"

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In Cold Blood

D: Richard Brooks

Stars:  Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe

A 1967 film based on Truman Capote’s book of the same name. After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.

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In the Heat of the Night

D: Norman Jewison

Stars:  Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates

An intense whodunit detective story thriller, and Best Picture-winning film, set in the little town of Sparta, Mississippi during a hot summer, with an innovative score by Quincy Jones and title song sung by Ray Charles. Norman Jewison masterfully directed this murder melodrama from a screenplay by Stirling Silliphant that was based on John Ball’s novel. The film’s posters proclaimed: “They got a murder on their hands. They don’t know what to do with it.” The liberal-minded film, realistically-filmed by cinematographer Haskell Wexler (who had just filmed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and would later go on to Coming Home (1978)), was a milestone for the racially-divided mid-60s because it forced the odd-couple collaboration of a bigoted but shrewd, redneck Southern sheriff named Bill Gillespie (Rod Steiger) and a lone, intelligently-clever black homicide expert from Philadelphia named Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier). The film, with a non-white actor in a lead acting role, was so controversial that it couldn’t be filmed in the Deep South, so the sets were recreated in various small towns in two states: Sparta, Freeburg, and Belleville, Illinois, and Dyersburg, Tennessee.

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The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book

D: Disney Studio

Stars:  Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

 

Poster for the movie "Point Blank"

© 1967 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) − All right reserved.

Point Blank

D: John Boorman

Stars:  Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn

A dreamy, non-linear thriller plot, with flashbacks, time lapses, and bold surrealistic colors. Left for dead before the opening credits, Walker (Lee Marvin) then seeks revenge against a Los Angeles crime syndicate.

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Poster for the movie "Two for the Road"

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Two for the Road (UK)

D: Stanley Donen

Stars:  Audrey Hepburn, Albert Finney, Georges Descrières

The ten-year marriage of Mark and Joanna Wallace is on the rocks. In flashback they recall their first meeting, memorable moments in their courtship and early wedded life, their travels through Europe, their broken vow never to have children, and their increasing tensions that led to both of them having extra-marital affairs.

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Poster for the movie "Valley of the Dolls"

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Valley of the Dolls

D: Mark Robson

Stars:  Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Sharon Tate

Based upon Jacqueline Susann’s 1966 best-selling book, this trashy, ‘it’s-so-bad-it’s-good’ soap-opera feature-length film became Fox Studios’ top money-maker hit for 1968, although it was severely criticized by most film critics. The title of the trashy melodramatic film referred to ‘uppers’ and ‘downers’ – barbiturate pills. Three fame-seeking, aspiring starlets who became ‘corrupted’ by Hollywood were bitchy Neely O’Hara (Patty Duke), Anne Welles (Barbara Parkins), and Jennifer North (Sharon Tate). The campy classic included scenes of their sexual dalliances (never very explicit) and their failings due to pill-popping (pills=dolls) and drinking. Most of the sex (filmed in silhouette), scandal, and drug abuse now seem tame by today’s standards, although appropriate for the 1960s.

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Wait Until Dark

D: Terence Young

Stars:  Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Richard Crenna

After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat has followed Hendrix back to his place to retrieve it. When Hendrix leaves for business, the crooks make their move — and find his blind wife, Susy, alone in the apartment. Soon, a life-threatening game begins between Susy and the thugs.

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