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1955 In Film


1955 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In television

The year 1955 in film involved some significant events.


  • Events 1
  • Top grossing films (U.S.) 2
  • Awards 3
  • Top ten money making stars 4
  • Notable films released in 1955 5
  • Serials 6
  • Short film series 7
  • Births 8
  • Deaths 9
  • Film Debuts 10
  • References 11


Top grossing films (U.S.)[4]

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Cinerama Holiday Cinerama Productions John Marsh, Betty Marsh, Fred Troller $10,000,000
2. Mister Roberts Warner Bros. Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon $8,500,000
3. Battle Cry Warner Bros. Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, James Whitmore, Mona Freeman $8,000,000
4. Oklahoma! RKO Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Gloria Grahame, Eddie Albert $7,100,000
5. Guys and Dolls MGM Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, Vivian Blaine $6,900,000
6. Lady and the Tramp Walt Disney Productions Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee $6,500,000
7. Not as a Stranger United Artists Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra $6,200,000
8. Strategic Air Command Paramount Pictures James Stewart, June Allyson $6,000,000
To Hell and Back Universal Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake
The Sea Chase Warner Bros. John Wayne, Lana Turner
The Seven Year Itch 20th Century Fox Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell
The Tall Men 20th Century Fox Clark Gable, Jane Russell
9. Blackboard Jungle MGM Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Sidney Poitier, Richard Kiley $5,200,000
10. A Man Called Peter 20th Century Fox Richard Todd, Jean Peters $4,700,000


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Marty - Hecht-Lancaster, United Artists
Best Director: Delbert Mann - Marty
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:

Best Picture: East of Eden
Best Actor: Ernest BorgnineMarty
Best Actress: Anna MagnaniThe Rose Tattoo
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: Guys and Dolls
Best Actor: Tom EwellThe Seven Year Itch
Best Actress: Jean SimmonsGuys and Dolls
Best Director: Joshua LoganPicnic
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

Top ten money making stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. James Stewart
2. Grace Kelly
3. John Wayne
4. William Holden
5. Gary Cooper
6. Marilyn Monroe
7. (tie) Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
8. Marlon Brando
9. Humphrey Bogart
10. Clark Gable

Notable films released in 1955

U.S.A. unless stated

















Short film series



  • 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)


  • 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.)



Film Debuts


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  3. ^ Filmed on location September 1954.
  4. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955,' Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956.
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