1956 In Film
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The year 1956 in film involved some significant events.

Events

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. The Ten Commandments Paramount $43,000,000
2. Around the World in 80 Days United Artists $23,120,000
3. Giant Warner Bros. $14,000,000
4. War and Peace Paramount $12,500,000
5. The King and I 20th Century Fox $9,000,000
6. The Searchers Warner Bros. $8,500,000
7. Bus Stop 20th Century Fox $7,269,000
8. The Girl Can't Help It 20th Century Fox $6,250,000
9. High Society MGM $5,878,000
10. Written on the Wind Universal $5,712,000
11. Doris Day MGM $4,500,000
12. The Eddy Duchin Story Columbia $4,396,000
13. The Lieutenant Wore Skirts 20th Century Fox $4,390,000
14. Baby Doll Warner Bros. $4,285,000
15. Zarak Columbia $4,252,000
16. Love Me Tender 20th Century Fox $4,225,000
17. Between Heaven and Hell 20th Century Fox $4,200,000
18. The Man Who Knew Too Much Paramount $4,153,000
19. The Best Things in Life Are Free 20th Century Fox $4,129,000
20. Star in the Dust Universal $4,122,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Top-grossing films (international)

Rank Title Country Leading stars Studio Gross
1. The Ten Commandments United States Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget Paramount $102,604,381[1]
2. Jagte Raho India Raj Kapoor, Sumitra Devi, Pradeep Kumar, Nargis, Chhabi Biswas, Pahari Sanyal, Daisy Irani R. K. Films $9,330,000[n 4]
3. The Conqueror United States John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Pedro Armendáriz, Thomas Gomez Pictures $7,500,000[7]

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

Rank Actor/Actress
1. William Holden
2. John Wayne
3. James Stewart
4. Burt Lancaster
5. Glenn Ford
6. (tie) Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
7. Marilyn Monroe
8. Gary Cooper
9. Kim Novak
10. Frank Sinatra

Notable films released in 1956

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Serials

Short film series

Ending this year

Births

Deaths

Film Debuts

Notes

  1. ^ 33.6 million Soviet tickets sold,[2] average ticket price of 25 kopecks[3]
  2. ^ 0.9 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1961 to 1971[4]
  3. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[5]
  4. ^ Jagte Raho in Soviet Union: 8.4 million SUR[n 1] (US$9.33 million,[n 2]INR4.44 crore)[n 3] in 1965[2] (US$71 million or INR477 crore[6] in 2016)

References


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