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Not only was 1947 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:

    Anouk Aimée – La maison sous la mer

    Janet Leigh – The Romance of Rosy Ridge

    Toshiro Mifune – Snow Trail

    Marilyn Monroe – The Shocking Miss Pilgrim

    Sidney Poitier – Sepia Cinderella

    Richard Widmark – Kiss of Death


Top-grossing Films

2.The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
The Egg and I
3.Mother Wore Tights20th Century Fox$5,250,000
4.Life with FatherWarner Bros.$5,057,000
5.Green Dolphin StreetMGM$5,000,000
6.Road to RioParamount$4,500,000
7.Forever Amber20th Century Fox$4,384,000
8.Gentleman’s Agreement20th Century Fox$4,100,000
9.Cass TimberlaneMGM$3,983,000
10.The Ghost and Mrs. Muir20th Century Fox$3,750,000
11.The Bishop’s WifeRKO$3,527,000
12.Body and SoulUnited Artists$3,305,000
13.Miracle on 34th Street20th Century Fox$3,150,000
14.PossessedWarner Bros.$3,133,000
15.The Farmer’s DaughterRKO$3,100,000
16.The Shocking Miss Pilgrim20th Century Fox$3,000,000
18.Dark PassageWarner Bros.$2,430,000
19.Down to EarthColumbia$2,390,000
20.Smash-Up, the Story of a WomanUniversal$2,101,000


Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: Gentleman’s Agreement – 20th Century-Fox

Best Director: Elia Kazan – Gentleman’s Agreement

Best Actor: Ronald ColmanA Double Life

Best Actress: Loretta Young – The Farmer’s Daughter

Best Supporting Actor: Edmund Gwenn – Miracle on 34th Street

Best Supporting Actress: Celeste Holm – Gentleman’s Agreement


Top Ten Money Making Stars

1.Bing Crosby
2.Betty Grable
3.Ingrid Bergman
4.Gary Cooper
5.Humphrey Bogart
6.Bob Hope
7.Clark Gable
8.Gregory Peck
9.Claudette Colbert
10.Alan Ladd


Among Those Who Died In 1947:

Grace Moore, 48, American opera singer and actress, One Night of Love, The King Steps Out, When You’re in Love;

Sidney Toler, 72, American actor, Charlie Chan in the Secret Service, The Chinese Cat, Black Magic, The Jade Mask;

Victor Potel, 57, American actor and comedian, Sullivan’s Travels, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, The Palm Beach Story, The Egg and I

Adrienne Ames, 39, American actress, The Death Kiss, You’re Telling Me!, Slander House, Gigolette

Harry Carey, 69, American actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Angel and the Badman, Red River, Beyond Tomorrow

Olive Borden, 41, American actress, 3 Bad Men, Half Marriage, Leave It to Me

John Halliday, 67, American actor, The Philadelphia Story, Intermezzo

Dudley Digges, 68, Irish actor, The Maltese Falcon, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Fight for Life

Mark Hellinger, 47, American producer, High Sierra, They Drive By Night, The Two Mrs. Carrolls

The Greatest Films of 1947