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Not only was 1944 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:
|1.||Going My Way||Paramount|
|3.||Since You Went Away||United Artists|
|4.||Lady in the Dark||Paramount|
|5.||Meet Me in St. Louis||MGM|
|7.||Here Come the Waves||Paramount|
|8.||The Story of Dr. Wassell||Paramount|
|9.||Winged Victory||20th Century-Fox|
|10.||Hollywood Canteen||Warner Bros.|
|11.||The Princess and the Pirate||RKO|
|14.||Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo||MGM|
|15.||Arsenic and Old Lace||Warner Bros.|
|16.||Mr. Skeffington||Warner Bros.|
|17.||The White Cliffs of Dover||MGM|
Academy Award Winners
Top Ten Money Making Stars
|8. (tie)||Bud Abbott|
Among Those Who Died In 1944:
- Mildred Harris, 42, The Magic Cloak (1914), Movie Maniacs (1936) and The Power of the Press (1928);
- Laird Cregar, 40, The Black Swan (1942), The Lodger (1944) and Hangover Square (1945).
- Lupe Vélez, Mexican actress (36) The Gaucho (1927), Laughing Boy (1934), Mexican Spitfire (1940);
- Glenn Miller, American musician, actor, (40), Sun Valley Serenade (1941), Orchestra Wives (1945)
The Greatest Films of 1944
***POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT FOR ALL***
D: Frank Capra
A hilariously-funny, frantic farce and black comedy – a frenzied adaptation of the smash Broadway comedy from 1941 to 1944, with three of the stage performers reprising their roles. Set around Halloween night in Brooklyn, two sweet old spinster ladies, Abby (Josephine Hull) and Martha Brewster (Jean Adair) poison lonely gentlemen male callers in their Brooklyn home as mercy killings. They serve them homemade elderberry wine and then bury them (with Christian burials) in their cellar. Their hapless nephew Mortimer Brewster (Cary Grant), a mild-mannered drama critic with a frustrated new wife Elaine Harper (Priscilla Lane), discovers what is going on when he finds a dead body in the window seat – and there were twelve more in the basement. He mistakenly believes that his crazy eccentric brother “Teddy Roosevelt” Brewster (John Alexander), who is digging cellar graves for Panama Canal yellow fever victims, is responsible and wants to get him safely committed, never even suspecting his two aunts. Teddy regularly charges up the stairs with a bugle in hand. Mr. Witherspoon (Edward Everett Horton), the director of the Happy Dale Sanitorium rest home is reluctant to accept Teddy, because he already had too many “Roosevelts.” Mortimer is also confronted by the unexpected arrival of his sinister, psychotic murderous brother on the lam, Jonathan Brewster (Raymond Massey) who has a body of his own. Jonathan is accompanied by another villainous companion, Dr. Einstein (Peter Lorre). At the film’s end, Mortimer’s final words about his real heritage were censored from ” I’m a bastard!” to “I’m the son of a sea cook!”
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