1956 in film

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The following is an overview of 1956 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

Events[edit]

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

Rank Title Studio Gross rental
1. The Ten Commandments Paramount Pictures $34,200,000[3]
2. Around the World in 80 Days United Artists $22,000,000[3]
3. Giant Warner Bros. $12,000,000[3]
4. Seven Wonders of the World Cinerama $9,300,000[3]
5. The King and I 20th Century Fox $8,500,000[4]
6. Trapeze United Artists $7,269,464[4]
7. War and Peace Paramount Pictures $6,250,000[4]
8. I'll Cry Tomorrow MGM $5,873,000[5]
9. High Society MGM $5,602,000[5]
10. The Teahouse of the August Moon Columbia Pictures $5,600,000[6]

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. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
7. Marilyn Monroe
8. Gary Cooper
9. Kim Novak
10. Frank Sinatra

1956 film releases[edit]

January–March[edit]

  • January 1956
    • 12 January
      • Diane
  • February 1956
    • 5 February
      • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    • 16 February
      • Picnic
      • Carousel
    • 25 February
      • The Lone Ranger
  • March 1956
    • 9 March
      • Come Next Spring
      • Meet Me in Las Vegas
    • 10 March
      • Never Say Goodbye
    • 23 March
      • Serenade
    • 24 March
      • Raw Edge
    • 25 March
      • The Indestructible Man
      • World Without End
    • 28 March
      • The Conqueror

April–June[edit]

  • April 1956
    • 6 April
      • Jubal
    • 11 April
      • Backlash
    • 24 April
      • Our Miss Brooks
    • 26 April
      • The Creature Walks Among Us
  • May 1956
    • 8 May
      • The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
    • 15 May
      • Invitation to the Dance
    • 26 May
      • The Searchers
    • 30 May
      • Trapeze
      • While the City Sleeps
  • June 1956
    • 1 June
      • The Man Who Knew Too Much
    • 6 June
      • The Killing
    • 10 June
      • Crime in the Streets
    • 12 June
      • A Kiss Before Dying
    • 13 June
      • Star in the Dust
    • 15 June
      • Gunslinger
    • 16 June
      • Female Jungle
    • 20 June
      • Safari
    • 21 June
      • The Eddy Duchin Story
    • 22 June
      • The Catered Affair
    • 29 June
      • The King & I

July–September[edit]

  • July 1956
    • 6 July
      • The Fastest Gun Alive
    • 12 July
      • Foreign Intrigue
    • 15 July
      • It Conquered the World
    • 17 July
      • High Society
    • 23 July
      • Dakota Incident
    • 29 July
      • Hold Back the Night
    • 30 July
      • Run for the Sun
  • August 1956
    • 1 August
      • Autumn Leaves
    • 17 August
      • A Cry in the Night
      • These Wilder Years
    • 21 August
      • War and Peace
    • 24 August
      • A Strange Adventure
    • 26 August
      • The Swan
    • 29 August
      • The First Traveling Saleslady
      • The Vagabond King
  • September 1956
    • 12 September
      • The Bad Seed
    • 15 September
      • Lust for Life
    • 21 September
      • The Last Wagon
    • 28 September
      • The Best Things in Life are Free

October–December[edit]

  • October 1956
    • 5 October
      • The Ten Commandments
    • 17 October
      • Around the World in 80 Days
      • Attack
      • Julie
    • 31 October
      • Death of a Scoundrel
      • You Can't Run Away From It
  • November 1956
    • 1 November
      • Naked Gun
      • The White Squaw
    • 15 November
      • Love Me Tender
      • Gun the Man Down
    • 18 November
      • Blonde Sinner
    • 24 November
      • Giant
    • 25 November
      • Friendly Persuasion
  • December 1956
    • 1 December
      • The Girl Can't Help It
    • 12 December
      • Bundle of Joy
    • 13 December
      • Anastasia
      • The Rainmaker
    • 21 December
      • The King and Four Queens
    • 25 December
      • Written on the Wind
    • 29 December
      • Baby Doll

Notable films released in 1956[edit]

U.S.A. unless stated

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Ending this year

Births[edit]

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Film Debuts[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Name Adler to Zanuck Post". Motion Picture Herald. February 11, 1956. p. 18. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Schary Leaves MGM at Year End". Motion Picture Herald. December 1, 1956. p. 9. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "All-Time Top Gross Films". Variety. January 10, 1962. p. 13.
  4. ^ a b c Cohn, Lawrence (October 15, 1990). "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. p. M140-M196.
  5. ^ a b The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  6. ^ "All-Time Domestic Champs". Variety. January 6, 1960. p. 34.