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Not only was 1950 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:

  • Marlon Brando – The Men
  • Tippi Hedren – The Petty Girl
  • Sophia Loren – Totò Tarzan
  • Peter Sellers – The Black Rose
  • Robert Wagner – The Happy Years


Top-grossing Films

1.King Solomon’s MinesMGM$9,955,000
2.All About EveFox$8,400,000
3.Walt Disney’s CinderellaDisney$8,000,000
4.Annie Get Your GunMGM$7,756,000
5.Father of the BrideMGM$6,084,000
6.Sunset BoulevardParamount$5,000,000
7.Born YesterdayColumbia$4,150,000
8.Wabash AvenueFox$4,054,000
9.At War with the ArmyParamount$3,100,000
10.My Blue HeavenFox$3,000,000


Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: All About Eve – 20th Century-Fox

Best Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz – All About Eve

Best Actor: José FerrerCyrano de Bergerac

Best Actress: Judy Holliday – Born Yesterday

Best Supporting Actor: George SandersAll About Eve

Best Supporting Actress: Josephine HullHarvey


Top Ten Money Making Stars

1.John Wayne
2.Bob Hope
3.Bing Crosby
4.Betty Grable
5.James Stewart
6. (tie)Bud Abbott
Lou Costello
7.Clifton Webb
8.Esther Williams
9.Spencer Tracy
10.Randolph Scott


Among Those Who Died In 1950:

  • Emil Jannings, 65, Swiss-born German actor, The Blue Angel, The Last Laugh
  • John M. Stahl, 63, American film director and producer, Leave Her to Heaven, Imitation of Life
  • Corinne Luchaire, 28, French actress, Prison Without Bars, Conflict
  • Marguerite De La Motte, 47, American actress, The Mark of Zorro, The Iron Mask
  • Frank Buck, 66, American actor and animal expert, Bring ‘Em Back Alive, Africa Screams
  • Walter Huston, 67, American Academy Award-winning actor, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Dodsworth
  • Ernst Laemmle, 49, German director and screenwriter, The Phantom of the Opera, The Palm Beach Story
  • Jane Cowl, 66, American actress, No Man of Her Own, Payment on Demand
  • Sara Allgood, 69, Irish actress, How Green Was My Valley, The Lodger
  • Al Jolson, 64, Lithuanian-born American actor, singer, entertainer, The Jazz Singer, Rhapsody in Blue, The Singing Fool
  • Maurice Costello, 73, American actor, Du Barry Was a Lady, Tin Pan Alley
  • James Kevin McGuinness, 56, Irish producer and screenwriter, Madame X, Rio Grande
  • William Garwood, 66, American silent-film actor and director, The Cowboy Millionaire, Proxy Husband

The Greatest Films of 1950




Poster for the movie "All About Eve"

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All About Eve

D: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Much-loved, acerbic drama of theatre life. Wit and sarcasm reign supreme (e.g., “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night”) and George Sanders is perfect as Addison De Witt – a cynical, egotistical columnist/critic. The literate Best Picture-winning film features Bette Davis as aging, bitchy accomplished star Margo Channing who takes the seemingly-naive and innocent fan Eve (Anne Baxter) under her wing. As the film opens, the rising, unscrupulous star accepts an award for best newcomer on the Broadway scene. Then, in a flashback, we see the shameless starlet insinuating herself into the life of her idol, and scheming to steal her theatrical roles and her lover Bill (Gary Merrill). By ruthlessly exploiting the older woman’s kindness and hospitality, she manages to achieve her present success while almost destroying the veteran star in the process. The ending of the film returns to the awards banquet to find the starlet clinging to her trophy, with another fan in the wings. Also with Marilyn Monroe in a bit part.

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Poster for the movie "Asphalt Jungle"

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The Asphalt Jungle

D: John Huston

A classic thriller, based on a novel by W. R. Burnett, about a mastermind, aging, ex-convict criminal Doc (Sam Jaffe), who comes out of retirement (prison) for one last jewel robbery with an assemblage of underworld characters – Kentucky horse-farm loving Dix Handley (Sterling Hayden) with tough-girlfriend Doll (Jean Hagen), and sleazy lawyer partner Alonzo Emmerich (Louis Calhern) who plans to fence the jewels to support his expensive habits (e.g., an affair with seductive mistress Marilyn Monroe – in a cameo role). The heist unravels quickly and everything falls apart when an alarm accidentally sounds and the safe-cracker is mortally wounded by a stray bullet. While Emmerich commits suicide, and others are either jailed or wounded, Doc’s creepy voyeurism for a young girl dooms him during his escape. Dix reaches his childhood Kentucky farm but expires in a field surrounded by horses.

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Poster for the movie "Born Yesterday"