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1949 In Film

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1949 In Film

List of years in film (table)
In television

The year 1949 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 1949 5
  • Serials 6
  • Short film series 7
  • Births 8
  • Deaths 9
  • Film Debuts 10
  • References 11


  • December 21 – Angela Lansbury, and Henry Wilcoxon, receives its televised world premiere at the Paramount and Rivoli theatres in New York City.[1]

Top grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Samson and Delilah Paramount Angela Lansbury $28,800,000[2]
2. Battleground MGM Van Johnson, John Hodiak $5,051,000
3. Jolson Sings Again
Sands of Iwo Jima
Larry Parks
John Wayne
5. I Was a Male War Bride 20th Century Fox Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan $4,100,000
6. Twelve O'Clock High 20th Century Fox Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe $4,025,000
7. A Letter to Three Wives 20th Century Fox Jeanne Crain, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Paul Douglas, Kirk Douglas $3,800,000
8. The Heiress Paramount Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Miriam Hopkins $3,700,000
9. Pinky 20th Century Fox Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters $3,600,000
10. All the King's Men Columbia Broderick Crawford. John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge, Joanne Dru $3,500,000
11. Little Women MGM June Allyson, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh $3,500,000
12. Look for the Silver Lining 20th Century Fox June Haver, Ray Bolger $3,250,000


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: All the King's Men - Rossen, Columbia
Best Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz - A Letter to Three Wives
Best Actor: Broderick Crawford - All the King's Men
Best Actress: Olivia de Havilland - The Heiress
Best Supporting Actor: Dean Jagger - Twelve O'Clock High
Best Supporting Actress: Mercedes McCambridge - All the King's Men

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: All the King's Men
Best Director: Robert RossenAll the King's Men
Best Actor: Broderick CrawfordAll the King's Men
Best Actress: Olivia de HavillandThe Heiress
Best Foreign Language Film: The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di Biciclette), Italy

Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival):

The Third Man, directed by Carol Reed, United Kingdom

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)

Henri-Georges Clouzot, France

Top ten money making stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Bob Hope
2. Bing Crosby
3. (tie) Bud Abbott
Lou Costello
4. John Wayne
5. Gary Cooper
6. Cary Grant
7. Betty Grable
8. Esther Williams
9. Humphrey Bogart
10. Clark Gable

Notable films released in 1949

U.S.A. unless stated
















Short film series



Film Debuts


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