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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:


Top-grossing Films

1.The RobeTwentieth Century Fox$17,500,000
2.From Here to EternityColumbia Pictures$12,500,000
3.ShaneParamount Pictures$8,000,000
4.How to Marry a MillionaireTwentieth Century Fox$7,500,000
5.Peter PanRKO / Walt Disney Productions / Walt Disney Feature Animation$7,000,000
6.Hans Christian AndersenRKO Radio Pictures$6,000,000
7.House of WaxWarner Bros.$5,500,000
9.Gentlemen Prefer BlondesTwentieth Century Fox$5,100,000
10.SalomeColumbia Pictures$4,750,000


Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: From Here to Eternity – Columbia Pictures

Best DirectorFred ZinnemannFrom Here to Eternity

Best Actor: William HoldenStalag 17

Best Actress: Audrey HepburnRoman Holiday

Best Supporting Actor: Frank SinatraFrom Here to Eternity

Best Supporting Actress: Donna ReedFrom Here to Eternity


Among Those Who Died In 1953:

The Greatest Films of 1953




Angel FaceAngel Face

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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Poster for the movie "The Band Wagon"

© 1953 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) − All right reserved.

The Band Wagon

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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