1955 in film

1955 in film

The year 1955 in film involved some significant events.__TOC__

Events

* November 3 - The musical "Guys and Dolls", starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra, debuts.
* June 27 - The last ever Republic serial, "King of the Carnival", is released.

Top grossing films (U.S.)

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)
source: http://www.boxofficereport.com/database/1955.shtml

Awards

Academy Awards: :Best Picture: "Marty" - Hecht-Lancaster, United Artists :Best Director: Delbert Mann - "Marty":Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine - "Marty" :Best Actress: Anna Magnani - "The Rose Tattoo":Best Supporting Actor: Jack Lemmon - "Mister Roberts":Best Supporting Actress: Jo Van Fleet - "East of Eden"

Golden Globe Awards:

:Drama::Best Picture: "East of Eden":Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine - "Marty":Best Actress: Anna Magnani - "The Rose Tattoo" :Musical or comedy::Best Picture: "Guys and Dolls":Best Actor: Tom Ewell - "The Seven Year Itch" :Best Actress: Jean Simmons - "Guys and Dolls"

:Other:Best Director: Joshua Logan - "Picnic":Best Foreign Film: "Ordet" ("The Word"), Denmark:Best Foreign Film: "Stella", Greece:Best Foreign Film: "Sons, Mothers, and a General", West Germany:Best Foreign Film: "Eyes of Children", Japan

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival)::"Marty", directed by Delbert Mann, United States

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)::"Ordet" ("The Word"), directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival)::"Die Ratten" ("The Rats"), directed by Robert Siodmak, West Germany

Films released in 1955

*"Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops", starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
*"Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy", starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
*"All That Heaven Allows"
*"Artists and Models", starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
*"Bad Day at Black Rock"
*"Battle Cry"
*"Blackboard Jungle"
*"Bob le flambeur"
*"Carrington V.C."
*"Cinerama Holiday"
*"The Colditz Story"
*"Continente Perduto" (aka "Lost Continent")
*"The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell"
*"Daddy Long Legs"
*"The Dam Busters"
*"East of Eden"
*"The Far Country"
*"Galapagos"
*"Godzilla Raids Again"
*"Guys and Dolls"
*"I'll Cry Tomorrow"
*"Illegal", a film noir starring Edward G. Robinson
*"Interrupted Melody"
*"It Came from Beneath the Sea"
*"It's Always Fair Weather"
*"Kiss Me Deadly"
*"Lady and the Tramp"
*"The Ladykillers"
*"Land of the Pharaohs"
*"The Left Hand of God"
*"Love Me or Leave Me"
*"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing"
*"The Man from Laramie"
*"The Man with the Golden Arm"
*"Marty"
*"Mister Roberts"
*"Mr. Hulot's Holiday"
*"Night and Fog"
*"The Night of the Hunter"
*"Not as a Stranger"
*"Oklahoma!" (the first film shot in the widescreen process known as Todd-AO) (suggested disambiguation split of article)
*"Ordet"
*"Pather Panchali"
*"Pete Kelly's Blues"
*"Picnic"
*"The Private War of Major Benson", starring Charlton Heston
*"The Quatermass Xperiment", which probably qualifies as the first Hammer horror film
*"Queen Bee"
*"The Rains of Ranchipur"
*"Die Ratten" ("The Rats"), Golden Bear award
*"Richard III", directed by and starring Laurence Olivier
*"Rage at Dawn"
*"Rebel Without a Cause", starring James Dean and Natalie Wood
*"Rififi" ("Du rififi chez les hommes")
*"The Rose Tattoo"
*"The Scarlet Coat"
*"The Seven Little Foys"
*"The Seven Year Itch"
*"Sissi"
*"Smiles of a Summer Night"
*"Strategic Air Command"
*"Summertime", directed by David Lean
*"Tarantula"
*"The Tender Trap"
*"To Catch a Thief"
*"To Hell and Back" starring Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, and David Janssen
*"Trial"
*"The Trouble with Harry" - directed by Alfred Hitchcock
*"Unknown Soldier"
*"Unchained"
*"The Virgin Queen"
*"Wichita"
*"You're Never Too Young", starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

erials

*"The Adventures of Captain Africa"
*"King of the Carnival"
*"Panther Girl of the Kongo"

hort film series

*"Looney Tunes" (1930-1969)
*"Terrytoons" (1930-1964)
*"Merrie Melodies" (1931-1969)
*"Popeye" (1933-1957)
*"Donald Duck" (1934-1956)
*"The Three Stooges" (1934-1959)
*"Tom and Jerry" (1940-1958)
*"Bugs Bunny" (1940-1962)
*"Mighty Mouse" (1942-1955)
*"Chip and Dale" (1943-1956)
*"Droopy" (1943-1958)
*"Yosemite Sam" (1945-1963)
*"Ranger Don" (1953-1956)
*"Speedy Gonzales" (1953-1968)

Cartoon:
* "Good Will to Men" (MGM Cartoon Series) (Frederick Quimby, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, producers; MGM)
* "The Legend of Rock-a-Bye Point" (Walter Lantz Productions; Universal-International)
* "No Hunting" (Donald Duck Series) (Walt Disney Productions; RKO Radio)
* "Speedy Gonzales" (Merrie Melodies Series) (Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.; Warner Bros.)

One-Reel:
* "Gadgets Galore" (Warner Varieties Series) (Robert Youngson, producer; Warner Bros.)
* Survival City (Movietone CinemaScope Series) (Edmund Reek, producer; Twentieth Century-Fox)
* 3rd Ave. El (Carson Davidson Productions; Ardee Films)
* Three Kisses (Topper Special Series) (Justin Herman, producer; Paramount)

Two-Reel:
* The Battle of Gettysburg (Dore Schary, producer; MGM)
* The Face of Lincoln (University of Southern California Presentation; Cavalcade Pictures, Inc.)
* On The Twelfth Day…(United Kingdom Series) (Go Pictures, Inc.; George Brest and Associates)
* Switzerland (People and Places Series) (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista
* 24-Hour Alert (Cedric Francis, producer; Warner Bros.)

Births

*January 6 - Rowan Atkinson, American comedian, actor
*January 12 - Kirstie Alley, American actress
*January 12 - Rockne O'Bannon, American writer, producer
*January 18 - Kevin Costner, American actor
*March 16 - Isabelle Huppert, French actress
*April 1 - Annette O'Toole, American actress
*June 27 - Isabelle Adjani, American actress
*August 4 - Billy Bob Thornton, American actor
*August 27 - Diana Scarwid, American actress
*September 29 - Benoît Ferreux, French actor

Deaths

*February 12 - Tom Moore actor
*April 7 - Theda Bara, actress
*August 5 - Carmen Miranda, Brazilian singer, actress
*September 30 - James Dean, actor
*October 1 - Charles Christie, pioneer film studio owner in Hollywood
*November 10 - Rene Rijff, Dutch actor
*November 22 - Shemp Howard, comedian, of "The Three Stooges"


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