1956 in Film
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1956 in Film

The year 1956 in film involved some significant events.

Events

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Gross rental
1. The Ten Commandments Paramount $18,500,000[1]
2. Around the World in 80 Days United Artists $16,200,000[2]
3. Giant Warner Bros. $12,000,000[3]
4. The King and I 20th Century Fox $8,500,000[4]
5. Trapeze United Artists $7,500,000[5]
6. High Society MGM $6,500,000[6]
I'll Cry Tomorrow MGM $6,500,000[7] ($7,727,000[8])
7. Picnic Columbia Pictures $6,300,000[9]
8. The Girl Can't Help It 20th Century Fox $6,250,000
9. War and Peace Paramount $6,250,000[10]
10. High Society MGM $5,878,000
11. Written on the Wind Universal $5,712,000
12. The Eddy Duchin Story Columbia Pictures $5,300,000[11]
13. Moby Dick Warner Bros. $5,200,000[12]
14. The Searchers Warner Bros. $4,800,000[13]
15. The Conqueror RKO $4,500,000[14]
Julie MGM $4,500,000
Rebel Without a Cause Warner Bros. $4,500,000[15]
16. The Eddy Duchin Story Columbia $4,396,000
17. The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 20th Century Fox $4,350,000[16]
The Man with the Golden Arm United Artists $4,350,000[17]
18. Baby Doll Warner Bros. $4,285,000
19. Zarak Columbia $4,252,000
20. Bus Stop 20th Century Fox $4,250,000[18]
21. The Man Who Knew Too Much Paramount $4,153,000
22. The Best Things in Life Are Free 20th Century Fox $4,129,000
23. Star in the Dust Universal $4,122,000
24. Friendly Persuasion Allied Artists $4,000,000[19]
25. The Proud and Profane Paramount $3,900,000[20]
26. Artists and Models Paramount $3,800,000[21]
27. Carousel 20th Century Fox $3,750,000[22]
Love Me Tender 20th Century Fox $3,750,000[23]

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Around the World in 80 Days - Todd, United Artists
Best Director: George Stevens - Giant
Best Actor: Yul Brynner - The King and I
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman - Anastasia
Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn - Lust for Life
Best Supporting Actress: Dorothy Malone - Written on the Wind
Best Foreign Language Film: La strada, directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Around the World in 80 Days
Best Actor: Kirk Douglas - Lust for Life
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman - Anastasia
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: The King and I
Best Actor: Cantinflas - Around the World in 80 Days
Best Actress: Deborah Kerr - The King and I
Other
Best Director: Elia Kazan - Baby Doll
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture: Earl Holliman - The Rainmaker
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture: Eileen Heckart - The Bad Seed
Best Foreign Film: Before Sundown, West Germany
Best Foreign Film: A Girl in Black, Greece
Best Foreign Film: Richard III, United Kingdom
Best Foreign Film: Roses on the Arm, Japan
Best Foreign Film: War and Peace, Italy
Best Foreign Film: The White Reindeer, Finland

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Silent World (Le monde du silence), directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle, France

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Not awarded

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Invitation to the Dance, directed by Gene Kelly, United States

Top ten money making stars

Notable films released in 1956

U.S.A. unless stated

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Ending this year

Births

Deaths

Film Debuts

Notes

References

  1. ^ Variety Weekly, January 8, 1958 (at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  2. ^ Variety Weekly, January 8, 1958 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  3. ^ Variety Weekly, January 8, 1958 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  4. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  5. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  6. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  7. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  8. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  9. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  10. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  11. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  12. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  13. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  14. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  15. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  16. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  17. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  18. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  19. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  20. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  21. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  22. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  23. ^ Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)

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