1956 in film

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1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959

The year 1956 in film involved some significant events.

Events[edit]

Top-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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Serials[edit]

Short film series[edit]

Ending this year

Births[edit]

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Film Debuts[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  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)