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The year 1951 in film involved some significant events.

List of years in film (table)
In television
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954

Contents

EventsEdit

Top-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

Rank Title Studio Gross rental
1. Quo Vadis MGM $11,902,000
2. Alice in Wonderland* Disney $7,196,000
3. Show Boat MGM $5,533,000
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)

Top-grossing films by countryEdit

The highest-grossing 1951 films from countries outside of North America.

Country Title Studio Domestic gross
India Awaara R. K. Films $4,830,000[n 2]
Soviet Union In Peaceful Time Dovzhenko Film Studios $1,470,000[n 4]

AwardsEdit

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: An American in Paris – Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Best Director: George StevensA Place in the Sun
Best Actor: Humphrey BogartThe African Queen
Best Actress: Vivien LeighA Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actor: Karl MaldenA Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actress: Kim HunterA Streetcar Named Desire

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: A Place in the Sun
Best Actor: Fredric MarchDeath of a Salesman
Best Actress: Jane WymanThe Blue Veil
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: An American in Paris
Best Actor: Danny KayeOn the Riviera
Best Actress: June AllysonToo Young to Kiss
Other
Best Director: Laslo BenedekDeath of a Salesman
Special Award: Pictura: An Adventure in Art

Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival):

Miss Julie (Fröken Julie), directed by Alf Sjöberg, Sweden
Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano), directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)

Rashomon, directed by Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Top ten money making starsEdit

The Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll was published by Quigley Publishing Company based on a poll of U.S. movie theater owners who were asked to name who they felt were the previous year's top 10 moneymaking stars.[6]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. John Wayne
2. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
3. Betty Grable
4. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
5. Bing Crosby
6. Bob Hope
7. Randolph Scott
8. Gary Cooper
9. Doris Day
10. Spencer Tracy

They also published a Western stars poll which Roy Rogers topped for the ninth year running.[6]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Roy Rogers
2. Gene Autry
3. Tim Holt
4. Charles Starrett
5. Rex Allen
6. Wild Bill Elliott
7. Smiley Burnette
8. Allan Lane
9. Dale Evans
10. Gabby Hayes

Notable films released in 1951Edit

U.S.A. release unless stated

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E-F

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I-J

K-L

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P-Q

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T-V

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SerialsEdit

Short film seriesEdit

BirthsEdit

DeathsEdit

 
The Oscar winner Warner Baxter publicity photo.

Film DebutsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[2]
  2. ^ 2.3 crore[1] (US$4.83 million)[n 1]
  3. ^ 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960[5]
  4. ^ 5.875 million SUR (23.5 million Soviet tickets sold,[3] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[4] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". archive.org. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  2. ^ http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/USDpages.pdf#page=3
  3. ^ "Prokat2". Kinokultura.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  4. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  5. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia http://cbr.ru/currency_base/OldDataFiles/USD.xls
  6. ^ a b "Exhibitors Pick Money Making Stars". Motion Picture Herald. December 28, 1951. p. 1.