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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Film Data For 1954


The Film Daily's Ten Best Pictures of 1954 (Selected by the critics of America in a poll conducted by the Film Daily)
1) The Caine Mutiny- 293 votes
2) On the Waterfront- 273
3) Rear Window- 259
4) The Country Girl- 206
5) The High and the Mighty- 191
6) Seven Brides
For Seven Brothers
- 190
7) Sabrina- 189
8) Executive Suite- 183
9) The Glenn Miller Story- 150
10) Three Coins in
the Fountain
- 149

The Honor Role
11) Magnificent Obsession- 132
12) A Star is Born- 113
13) Carmen Jones- 106
14) The Barefoot Contessa- 94
15) Dial M for Murder- 93
16) White Christmas- 89
17) There’s No Business
Like Show Business
- 66
18) Genevieve - 60
19) Desiree- 59
Romeo and Juliet-59
21) The Last Time
I Saw Paris
- 56
22) Knock on Wood- 45
23) Deep in My Heart- 43
24) The Egyptian- 34
25) Vera Cruz- 33
26) Susan Slept Here- 31
27) Suddenly- 28
28) Hondo- 26
29) Dragnet- 25
30) Carnival Story- 21
31) Knights of
the Round Table
- 20
32) Apache- 17
33) Miss Sadie Thompson- 14
34) Johnny Guitar- 12
Rob Roy- 12
It Should Happen to You- 12
37) 20,000 Leagues
Under the Sea
- 11

Filmdom’s Famous Fives of 1954 (I couldn’t find total votes, but I believe Film Daily listed them in order of preference)

Best Performances By Male Stars
1) Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront
2) Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny
3) James Mason in A Star is Born
4) James Stewart in Rear Window
5) William Holden in The Country Girl

Best Performances By Female Stars
1) Judy Garland in A Star is Born
2) Jane Wyman in Magnificent Obsession
3) Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
4) Grace Kelly in Rear Window
5) Eva Marie Saint in On the Waterfront

Best Performances By Supporting Actors
1) Edmond O’Brien in The Barefoot Contessa
2) Karl Malden in On the Waterfront
3) Jose Ferrer in The Caine Mutiny
4) Lee J. Cobb in On the Waterfront
5) Jack Carson in A Star is Born

Best Performances By Supporting Actresses
1) Thelma Ritter in Rear Window
2) Jan Sterling in The High and the Mighty
3) Nina Foch in Executive Suite
4) Agnes Moorehead in Magnificent Obsession
5) Claire Trevor in The High and the Mighty

Best Performances By Juvenile Actors
1) Kim Charney in Suddenly
2) Lee Aaker in Hondo
3) Vincent Winter in The Little Kidnappers
4) Jon Whitley in The Little Kidnappers
5) Tim Considine in Her 12 Men

Best Performances By Juvenile Actresses
1) Sandy Descher in The Last Time I Saw Paris
2) Judy Nugent in Magnificent Obsession
3) Elsbeth Sigmond in Heidi

Outstanding “Finds” of the Year
1) Eva Marie Saint in On the Waterfront
2) Grace Kelly in Rear Window
3) Jack Lemmon in Pffft!
4) Robert Francis in The Caine Mutiny
5) Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones


The Year’s Outstanding Directors
1) Elia Kazan for On the Waterfront
2) Alfred Hitchcock for Rear Window
3) Edward Dmytryk for The Caine Mutiny
4) William Wellman for The High and the Mighty
5) George Cukor for A Star is Born

The Best Photographed Pictures of the Year
1) Milton Krasner for Three Coins in the Fountain
2) Boris Kaufman for On the Waterfront
3) Loyal Griggs for White Christmas
4) Robert Burks for Rear Window
5) Leon Shamroy for The Egyptian

Best Screenplays of the Year
1) Budd Schulberg for On the Waterfront
2) Stanley Roberts for The Caine Mutiny
3) John Michael Hayes for Rear Window
4) Ernest K. Gann for The High and the Mighty
5) Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Dorothy Kingsley
for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

Interesting data here. With the stunning exception of Mutiny topping Waterfront for Best Picture and Dandridge missing from the Best Actress lineup, I’ll take the Daily’s choices over Oscar’s (the Garland win, Kelly cited for her Rear Window work instead of The Country Girl, although it's odd to see her listed as a newcomer after 1952's High Noon and an Oscar nod for Mogambo the previous year, and the non-nominated Ritter listed for Supporting Actress).


The National Board of Review (voting results announced on December 20th, 1954)

The Top Ten Films (in order of preference)
1) On the Waterfront
2) Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
3) The Country Girl
4) A Star is Born
5) Executive Suite
6) The Vanishing Prairie
7) Sabrina
8) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
9) The Unconquered
10) Beat the Devil

Best Director
Renato Castellani for Romeo and Juliet

Best Actor
Bing Crosby for The Country Girl

Best Actress
Grace Kelly for The Country Girl, Dial M for Murder, and Rear Window

Best Supporting Actor
John Williams for Sabrina and Dial M For Murder

Best Supporting Actress
Nina Foch for Executive Suite

Best Foreign Films (in order of preference)
1) Romeo and Juliet (U.K., Italy)
2) The Heart of the Matter (U.K.)
3) Gate of Hell (Japan)
4) Diary of a Country Priest (France)
5) The Little Kidnappers (U.K.)
6) Genevieve (U.K.)
7) Beauties of the Night (France/Italy)
8) Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (France)
9) The Detective (U.K.)
10) Bread, Love, and Dreams (Italy)

Special Awards
For the choreography of Michael Kidd in
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

For the modernization of traditional Japanese acting
by Machiko Kyo in Ugetsu and Gate of Hell

For the new methods of moving puppets in Hansel and Gretel

The New York Film Critics Awards (winners announced on December 28th, 1954)

Best Picture
On the Waterfront

Best Director
Elia Kazan for On the Waterfront

Best Actor
Marlon Brando for On the Waterfront

Best Actress
Grace Kelly for The Country Girl, Rear Window, and Dial M for Murder

Best Foreign Film
Gate of Hell (Japan)


Screen Director’s Guild of America Awards (Best Director was given on February 13, 1955)

Best Director
Elia Kazan for On the Waterfront

Quarterly Winners:
Alfred Hitchcock for Rear Window
George Seaton for The Country Girl
William Wellman for The High and the Mighty
Billy Wilder for Sabrina

Other directors mentioned by the Guild:
George Cukor for A Star is Born
Edward Dmytryk for The Caine Mutiny
Stanley Donen for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
Melvin Frank, Norman Panama for Knock on Wood
Samuel Fuller for Hell and High Water
Alfred Hitchcock for Dial M for Murder
Anthony Mann for The Glenn Miller Story
Jean Negulesco for Three Coins in the Fountain
Don Siegel for Riot in Cell Block 11
Robert E. Wise for Executive Suite


The Golden Globe Awards (Awards were presented on February 24, 1954- haven’t found any nominee data yet)

Best Drama
On the Waterfront

Best Comedy or Musical
Carmen Jones

Best Motion Picture Promoting International Understanding
Broken Lance

Best Director
Elia Kazan for On the Waterfront

Best Actor, Drama
Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront

Best Actress, Drama
Grace Kelly in The Country Girl

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
James Mason in A Star is Born

Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Judy Garland in A Star is Born

Best Supporting Actor
Edmond O'Brien in The Barefoot Contessa

Best Supporting Actress
Jan Sterling in The High and the Mighty

Best Screenplay
Billy Wilder and Ernest Lehman for Sabrina

Best Foreign Language Films
Genevieve (England)
Las Mujer de las Camelias(Argentina)
No Way Back (Germany)
Twenty Four Eyes(Japan)

Best Cinematography, Black and White
Boris Kaufman for On the Waterfront

Best Cinematography, Color
Joseph Ruttenberg for Brigadoon

Most Promising Newcomer- Male
Jeff Richards

Most Promising Newcomer- Female
Shirley MacLaine, Kim Novak, and Karen Sharpe

World Film Favorites
Audrey Hepburn
Gregory Peck

Special Achievement Awards
Dimitri Tiomkin
Anywhere in Our Time (Germany)

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Jean Hersholt

Pioneer Award
John Ford

Academy Awards (Nominations announced on February 12, 1955. Awards presented on March 30, 1955)

Winners in bold print

Best Picture
The Caine Mutiny
The Country Girl
On the Waterfront
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Three Coins in the Fountain

Best Director
Elia Kazan for On the Waterfront
Alfred Hitchcock for Rear Window
George Seaton for The Country Girl
William Wellman for The High and the Mighty
Billy Wilder for Sabrina

Best Actor
Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny
Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront
Bing Crosby in The Country Girl
James Mason in A Star is Born
Dan O'Herlihy in Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Best Actress
Dorothy Dandridge in Carmen Jones
Judy Garland in A Star is Born
Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
Grace Kelly in The Country Girl
Jane Wyman in Magnificent Obsession

Best Supporting Actor
Lee J. Cobb in On the Waterfront
Karl Malden in On the Waterfront
Edmond O'Brien in The Barefoot Contessa
Rod Steiger in On the Waterfront
Tom Tully in The Caine Mutiny

Best Supporting Actress
Nina Foch in Executive Suite
Katy Jurado in Broken Lance
Eva Marie Saint in On the Waterfront
Jan Sterling in The High and the Mighty
Claire Trevor in The High and the Mighty

Best Writing (Motion Picture Story)
Francois Boyer for Forbidden Games
Jed Harris, Tom Reed for Night People
Ettore Margadonna for Bread, Love, and Dreams
Lamar Trotti for There's No Business Like Show Business
Philip Yordan for Broken Lance

Best Writing (Screenplay)
Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Dorothy Kingsley
for Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
John Michael Hayes for Rear Window
Ernest Lehman, Samuel Taylor, and Billy Wilder for Sabrina
Stanley Roberts The Caine Mutiny
George Seaton for The Country Girl

Best Writing (Story and Screenplay)
Oscar Brodney and Valentine Davies for The Glenn Miller Story
Melvin Frank and Norman Panama for Knock on Wood
Joseph L. Mankiewicz for The Barefoot Contessa
William Rose for Genevieve
Budd Schulberg for On the Waterfront

Best Song
"Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep"
from White Christmas- Irving Berlin
"The High and the Mighty"
from The High and the Mighty- Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington
"Hold My Hand" from Susan Slept Here- Jack Lawrence and
Richard Myers
"The Man That Got Away" from A Star is Born-
Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin
"Three Coins in the Fountain" from Three Coins in the Fountain-
Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne


British Academy Awards

Best Film From Any Source and Best British Film
Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Mexico)
Bread, Love and Dreams (Italy)
The Caine Mutiny (U.S.)
Carrington, V.C. (Great Britain)
The Divided Heart (G.B.)
Doctor in the House (G.B.)
Executive Suite (U.S.)
For Better, For Worse (G.B.)
Gate of Hell (Japan)
Hobson's Choice (G.B.)- won for Best British Film
How to Marry a Millionaire (U.S.- 1953)
The Maggie (G.B.)
The Moon is Blue (U.S.- 1953)
On the Waterfront (U.S.)
The Purple Plain (G.B.)
Rear Window (U.S.)
Riot in Cell Block 11 (U.S.)
Romeo and Juliet (G.B.)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (U.S.)
The Wages of Fear (Le Salaire de la Peur) (France)- won for Best Film From Any Source

Best British Actor
Maurice Denham in The Purple Plain
Robert Donat in Lease of Life
John Mills in Hobson's Choice
Kenneth More in Doctor in the House
David Niven in Carrington, V.C.
Donald Wolfit in Svengali

Best British Actress
Brenda de Banzie in Hobson's Choice
Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina Fair (Sabrina)
Margaret Leighton in Carrinton, V.C.
Noelle Middleton in Carrington, V.C.
Yvonne Mitchell in The Divided Heart

Best Foreign Actor
Neville Brand in Riot in Cell Block 11
Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront
Jose Ferrer in The Caine Mutiny
Fredric March in Executive Suite
James Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story

Best Foreign Actress
Shirley Booth in About Mrs. Leslie
Cornell Borchers in The Divided Heart
Judy Holliday in Phffft!
Grace Kelly in Dial "M" for Murder
Gina Lollobrigida in Bread, Love and Dreams

Most Promising Newcomer
David Kossoff in The Young Lovers
Maggie McNamara in The Moon is Blue (1953)
Eva Marie Saint in On the Waterfront

Best British Screenplay
Jack Whittingham for The Divided Heart
Nicholas Phipps for Doctor in the House
David Lean, Norman Spencer and Wynyard Browne for Hobson's Choice
Hugh Mills and Rene Clement for Knave of Hearts
William Rose for The Maggie
Eric Ambler for The Purple Plain
Renato Castellani for Romeo and Juliet
George Tabori and Robin Estridge for The Young Lovers

Best Documentary
Back of Beyond (Australia)
The Great Adventure (Sweden)
Lekko! (Holland)
3-2-1-Zero (U.S.)
Thursday's Children (G.B.)

Special Award
Axel Petersen (Doderhultarn) (Sweden)
The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci (G.B.)
The Living Desert (U.S.)
The Origin of Coal (Coal Mining as a Craft, Part One) (G.B.)
Powered Flight, The Story of the Century (G.B.)
A Time Out of War (U.S.)

Best Animated Film
Little Brave Heart (USSR)
Power to Fly (G.B.)
Song of the Prairie (Czechoslovakia)
The Unicorn in the Garden (U.S.)

United Nations Award
The Divided Heart (G.B.)
A Time Out of War (G.B.)

The Top Box-Office Hits of 1954 (According to Variety, January 5, 1955. Includes actual and estimated domestic rentals to theaters in U.S. and Canada, not box-office takes, which would be higher. If the final first-run rental take for films gaining $4,000,000 or more in rentals varies from the total originally listed in 1954, I'm showing that figure after the 1954 total. Final first-run rentals data comes from Variety's January 9, 1957 "All-Time Top Film Grosses" list (only films taking $4,000,000 or more in rentals were mentioned on the "All-Time" list; unfortunately, I have no data for films with a final gross under $4,000,000 that may have ended up with a higher take than shown below). Ocassionally a film will end up on the "All-Time" list with a lower rental box-office take than when the film originally appeared on the yearly list of top box-office films. This is due to the estimated rentals, which were sometimes revised to a lower amount for the All-Time list).

1) White Christmas $12,000,000
2) The Caine Mutiny $8,700,000
3) The Glenn Miller Story $7,000,000
4) The Egyptian $6,000,000 (Final first-run rentals of $4,250,000)
5) Rear Window $5,300,000
6) The High and the Mighty $5,200,000 (Final first-run rentals of $6,000,000)
7) Magnificent Obsession $5,000,000 (Final first-run rentals of $5,200,000)
8) Three Coins in the Fountain $5,000,000
9) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers $$4,750,000 (Final first-run rentals of$5,600,000)
10) Desiree $4,500,000
11) Knights of the Round Table $4,400,000
12) Dragnet $4,300,000 (Final first-run rentals of $4,700,000)
13) Demetrius and the Gladiators $4,250,000
Living it Up $4,250,000
15) On the Waterfront $4,200,000
16) Hondo $4,100,000
17) The Long, Long Trailer $4,000,000
Sabrina $4,000,000
19) The River of No Return $3,800,000
Broken Lance $3,800,000
21) Knock on Wood $3,500,000
Money From Home $3,500,000


23) Apache $3,250,000
The Barefoot Contessa $3,250,000
25) Beneath the 12-Mile Reef $3,600,000 (Reef is listed with a 3,600,000 take, but placed below films with lesser rental takes. Not sure if this is a type-o)
26) Garden of Evil $3,100,000
27) Elephant Walk $3,000,000
Woman's World $3,000,000
29) The French Line $2,900,000
Miss Sadie Thompson $2,900,000
31) Executive Suite $2,750,000
32) Dial "M" for Murder $2,700,000
Hell and High Water $2,700,000
34) King of Khyber Rifles $2,600,000
Rose Marie $2,600,000
Prince Valiant $2,600,000
The Student Prince $2,600,000
The Living Desert $2,600,000
39) Betrayed $2,500,000
Black Widow $2,500,000
Calamity Jane $2,500,000
The Command $2,500,000
Johnny Guitar $2,500,000
His Majesty O'Keefe $2,500,000
45) The Eddie Cantor Story $2,300,000
Easy to Love $2,300,000
The Naked Jungle $2,300,000
48) Brigadoon $2,250,000
Saskatchewan $2,250,000
Susan Slept Here $2,250,000
51) Them! $2,200,000
52) Night People $2,150,000
53) King Richard $2,100,000
54) Carnival Story $2,000,000
Here Come the Girls $2,000,000
Kiss Me Kate $2,000,000
57) All the Brothers Were Valiant $1,950,000

The Top Ten Box Office Stars of 1954 (from the Quigley Publishing poll of film exhibitors)

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

The Next Fifteen:
11) June Allyson
12) Humphrey Bogart
13) Burt Lancaster
14) Susan Hayward
15) Percy Kilbride & Marjorie Main
16) Jeff Chandler
17) Rock Hudson
18) Doris Day
19) Clark Gable
20) Ava Gardner
21) Gregory Peck
22) Randolph Scott
23) Tony Curtis
24) Audrey Hepburn
25) Esther Williams

Britain's Top Ten British Box-Office Stars of 1954 (according to the Motion Picture Herald's poll of Britain's film exhibitors)
1) Jack Hawkins
2) Dirk Bogarde
3) Norman Wisdom
4) Glynis Johns
5) Kenneth More
6) Alec Guinness
7) Anthony Steel
8) Ronald Shiner
9) Richard Todd
10) John Mills

Britain's Top Ten International Box-Office Stars of 1954 (according to the Motion Picture Herald's poll of Britain's film exhibitors)
1) Alan Ladd
2) James Stewart
3) Gregory Peck
4) Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis
5) Jack Hawkins
6) Danny Kaye
7) Burt Lancaster
8) Doris Day
9) Dirk Bogarde
10) Norman Wisdom

1 Comments:

  • At 9:42 PM , Blogger Hollywood Abstractor said...

    Great research on this hub, I can not believe that nobody has commented. Did you do a 1955 hub...I have been looking for 1955 box office information for awhile...Cogerson.....at cogerson@gmail.com

     

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