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Not only was 1953 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:
- Carroll Baker – Easy to Love
- Harry Belafonte – Bright Road
- Stanley Kubrick (director) – Fear and Desire
- Steve McQueen – Girl on the Run
- Geraldine Page – Taxi
- Anthony Perkins – The Actress
|1.||The Robe||Twentieth Century Fox||$17,500,000|
|2.||From Here to Eternity||Columbia Pictures||$12,500,000|
|4.||How to Marry a Millionaire||Twentieth Century Fox||$7,500,000|
|5.||Peter Pan||RKO / Walt Disney Productions / Walt Disney Feature Animation||$7,000,000|
|6.||Hans Christian Andersen||RKO Radio Pictures||$6,000,000|
|7.||House of Wax||Warner Bros.||$5,500,000|
|9.||Gentlemen Prefer Blondes||Twentieth Century Fox||$5,100,000|
Academy Award Winners
Among Those Who Died In 1953:
- February 2: Alan Curtis, 43, American actor, High Sierra, Buck Privates
- March 5: Herman J. Mankiewicz, 55, American screenwriter, Citizen Kane, The Pride of the Yankees, Dinner at Eight, Man of the World
- March 19: Irene Bordoni, 68, Corsican-American actress and singer, Paris, Louisiana Purchase
- April 26: Rian James, 53, American screenwriter, 42nd Street, The Housekeeper’s Daughter
- May 30: Dooley Wilson, 67, American actor, Casablanca, Stormy Weather
- June 5: Roland Young, 65, British actor, Topper, Ruggles of Red Gap, The Philadelphia Story, And Then There Were None
- July 3: Irving Reis, 47, American director, The Big Street, All My Sons
- August 6: John Reinhardt, Austrian director, Sofia, Chicago Calling and Houseley Stevenson, American actor, Dark Passage, Kidnapped
- September 12: Lewis Stone, American actor (born 1879), Andy Hardy film series, The Prisoner of Zenda, Grand Hotel
- October 6: Porter Hall, American actor (born 1888), Double Indemnity, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Going My Way, Miracle on 34th Street
- October 8: Nigel Bruce, British actor (born 1895), Sherlock Holmes film series, Suspicion, Rebecca, The Rains Came, Treasure Island
- October 13: Millard Mitchell (born 1903), Singin’ in the Rain, Winchester ’73, The Gunfighter, The Naked Spur, Twelve O’Clock High
- November 29: Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor (born 1875), Robin Hood, Blind Husbands
- December 29: Violet MacMillan, American actress (born 1887), The Magic Cloak of Oz, Violet’s Dreams
The Greatest Films of 1953
***POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT FOR ALL***
D: Otto Preminger
Diane Tremayne (Jean Simmons) is a confused rich girl. She idealizes her father (Herbert Marshall) and hates her wealthy stepmother (Barbara O’Neill). Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum) is a working stiff who can’t win. His troubles begin when the ambulance he drives is called to the Tremayne house because of a gas leak in Mrs. Tremayne’s bedroom. Frank consoles the weeping Diane and when she follows him to a coffee shop he steps out on his girlfriend Mary with her. So begins the cycle that lands Frank on trial for a murder rap and married to pathologically lovelorn Diane.
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D: Vincente Minnelli
A veteran dancer (Fred Astaire) signed up to star in a new stage production, written by his old friends Lily and Lester (Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant, playing versions of Comden and Green), which sounds right up his alley – a humorous musical about a bestselling writer. However, things start to go wrong when theatrical man of the moment Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan in pompous overdrive) is brought in to direct the play. He decides to make sweeping changes, turning the comedy into a pretentious reworking of the Faust legend.
Lily and Lester soon realize they are the ones selling their souls, or at least their show – and on opening night they quickly descend into a hell of bad reviews. Then Tony steps in to save the day, in the best spirit of “the show must go on” – and The Band Wagon is turned back into a song and dance spectacular, wowing audiences on a tour around the country.
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