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Not only was 1954 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.Rear WindowParamount$36,764,313
2.White ChristmasParamount$30,000,000
3.20,000 Leagues Under the SeaWalt Disney Pictures$28,200,000
4.Demetrius and the Gladiators20th Century Fox$26,000,000
5.The Caine MutinyColumbia$21,800,000
6.Vera CruzUnited Artists$11,000,000
7.Carmen Jones20th Century Fox$9,812,000
8.The Country GirlParamount$7,963,000
9.The Barefoot ContessaUnited Artists$7,298,000
10.A Star Is Born
The High and the Mighty
Warner Bros.$6,850,000
11.River of No Return20th Century Fox$5,766,025
12.Magnificent ObsessionUniversal$5,200,000
13.The Long, Long TrailerMGM$5,000,000
14.On the Waterfront
16.The Last Time I Saw ParisMGM$4,000,000
17.Dial M for MurderWarner Bros.$3,000,000
18.Living It UpParamount$2,495,000
19.Young at HeartWarner Bros.$2,500,000


Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: On the Waterfront – Horizon-American, Columbia

Best Director: Elia KazanOn The Waterfront

Best Actor: Marlon BrandoOn the Waterfront

Best Actress: Grace KellyThe Country Girl

Best Supporting Actor: Edmond O’BrienThe Barefoot Contessa

Best Supporting Actress: Eva Marie SaintOn The Waterfront


Top Ten Money Making Stars

1.John Wayne
2. (tie)Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
3.Gary Cooper
4.Marilyn Monroe
5.James Stewart
6.Alan Ladd
7.William Holden
8.Bing Crosby
9.Jane Wyman
10.Marlon Brando


Among Those Who Died In 1954:

The Greatest Films of 1954





Poster for the movie "Animal Farm"

© 1954 Halas and Batchelor Cartoon Films − All right reserved.

Animal Farm

D: Joy Batchelor, John Halas

In this animated film based on George Orwell’s novel, animals on drunken Mr. Jones’ (Maurice Denham) farm, led by prize hog Old Major (also Denham), gather to discuss their abuse. Old Major exhorts the animals to rebel. Boxer the horse, donkey Benjamin, pigs Snowball and Napoleon and the others agree, and when Old Major dies, they turn against Jones. But Napoleon secretly raises a group of puppies to do his bidding, and over time the efficiently run farm falters as Napoleon schemes to take over.

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