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1951 In Film

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The year 1951 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 1951 5
  • Serials 6
  • Short film series 7
  • Births 8
  • Deaths 9
  • Film Debuts 10


Top grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Quo Vadis MGM Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, Leo Genn, Patricia Laffan, Finlay Currie $11,902,000
2. Alice in Wonderland* Disney Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Jerry Colonna, Richard Haydn, Sterling Holloway, Verna Felton, J. Pat O'Malley, Heather Angel $7,196,000
3. Show Boat MGM Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, William Warfield, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Agnes Moorehead $5,533,000
4. A Streetcar Named Desire Warner Brothers Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Kim Hunter $4,800,000
5. David and Bathsheba Fox Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward $4,720,000
6. An American in Paris MGM Nina Foch $4,531,000
7. The African Queen United Artists Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn $4,300,000
8. A Place in the Sun Paramount Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Raymond Burr $4,213,000
9. Strangers on a Train Warner Brothers Farley Granger, Robert Walker $3,800,000
10. Pandora and the Flying Dutchman MGM Ava Gardner, James Mason $3,500,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)


Academy Awards:

Best Picture: An American in Paris - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
A Place in the Sun
Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart - The African Queen
Best Actress: Vivien Leigh - A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actor: Karl Malden - A Streetcar Named Desire
Best Supporting Actress: Kim Hunter - A Streetcar Named Desire

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: A Place in the Sun
Best Actor: Fredric March - Death of a Salesman
Best Actress: Jane Wyman - The Blue Veil
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: An American in Paris
Best Actor: Danny Kaye - On the Riviera
Best Actress: June Allyson - Too Young to Kiss
Best Director: Laslo Benedek - Death of a Salesman
Special Award: Pictura: An Adventure in Art

Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival):

Miss Julie (Fröken Julie), directed by Alf Sjöberg, Sweden
Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano), directed by Vittorio De Sica, Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival)

Rashômon, directed by Akira Kurosawa, Japan

Top ten money making stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. John Wayne
2. (tie) Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
3. Betty Grable
4. (tie) Bud Abbott
Lou Costello
5. Bing Crosby
6. Bob Hope
7. Randolph Scott
8. Gary Cooper
9. Doris Day
10. Spencer Tracy

Notable films released in 1951

U.S.A. unless stated
















Short film series



Film Debuts

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