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Not only was 1951 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:
Ernest Borgnine – China Corsair
Jeff Bridges – The Company She Keeps
Charles Bronson – You’re in the Navy Now
Leslie Caron – An American in Paris
John Cassavetes – Fourteen Hours
James Dean – Fixed Bayonets!
Lee Grant – Detective Story
Audrey Hepburn – One Wild Oat
Grace Kelly – Fourteen Hours
Leonard Nimoy – Queen for a Day
William Shatner – The Butler’s Night Off
Robert Shaw – The Lavender Hill Mob
Rod Steiger – Teresa
|2.||Alice in Wonderland*||Disney||$7,196,000|
|4.||A Streetcar Named Desire||Warner Brothers||$4,800,000|
|5.||David and Bathsheba||Fox||$4,720,000|
|6.||An American in Paris||MGM||$4,531,000|
|7.||The African Queen||United Artists||$4,300,000|
|8.||A Place in the Sun||Paramount||$4,213,000|
|9.||Strangers on a Train||Warner Brothers||$3,800,000|
|10.||Pandora and the Flying Dutchman||MGM||$3,500,000|
(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)
Academy Award Winners
Top Ten Money Making Stars
|2. (tie)||Dean Martin|
|4. (tie)||Bud Abbott|
Among Those Who Died In 1951:
- Charles W. Goddard, American playwright, screenwriter, 72, The Exploits of Elaine
- Jack Holt, American actor, 68, Flight, San Francisco
- Ivor Novello, Welsh actor, singer, composer, 58, The Lodger, I Lived with You
- Val Lewton, Russian-American director, 47, Cat People, The Body Snatcher
- Oscar Micheaux, American director, author, 67, The Girl From Chicago
- Al Christie, Canadian-born director, producer, 70, Charley’s Aunt
- Stanley Ridges, British actor, 61, To Be or Not to Be, Sergeant York
- Edwin L. Marin, American director, 52, Fort Worth, Maisie
- Warner Baxter, American actor, 69, 42nd Street, Crime Doctor
- Sylvan Simon, American director, 41, The Fuller Brush Man, I Love Trouble
- Fanny Brice, American entertainer and actress, My Man, Everybody Sing
- Ernst Pittschau, German actor, 68, The Picture of Dorian Gray
- Olive Tell, American actress, 57, The Trap
- Mayo Methot, American actress, 47, Marked Woman
- Robert J. Flaherty, American documentary filmmaker, 67, Nanook of the North
- Robert Walker, American actor, 33, Strangers on a Train, The Clock
- Maria Montez, Dominican-born actress, 33, Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
- Leon Errol, Australian-born actor, 77, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, Joe Palooka
- Phil Rosen, Polish-American director, 75, Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat, Roar of the Press
- Richard Wallace, American director, 57, Tycoon, Framed
The Greatest Films of 1951
***POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT FOR ALL***
D: Billy Wilder
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
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D: John Huston
Based on the 1935 novel by C.S. Forester, the wonderful combination of Hepburn and Bogie makes this a thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and adventure. Forester’s story, Bogey’s Oscar®-winning performance, ‘odd-couple’ chemistry, and an exotic locale combine for classic adventure/romance. The boozing, smoking, cussing captain of a tramp steamer, Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart), saves prim, sober, and proper missionary Rose Sayer (Katharine Hepburn), “a crazy psalm-singing skinny old maid,” after her brother (Robert Morley) is assaulted by a German soldier at the beginning of World War I in German East Africa, and dies from insanity. After many quarrels, they survive a treacherous African river journey on a rattle-trap steamer, shoot the rapids, struggle with mosquitos and blood-sucking leeches, and set sail on the Ulonga-Bora in order to sabotage The Louisa, a German warship.
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