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The year 1946 in film involved some significant events.

Events[]

  • November 21 – William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives premieres in New York featuring an ensemble cast including Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, and Harold Russell.
  • December 20 – Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, featuring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, and Thomas Mitchell opens in New York.
  • Cinemagoing in the United Kingdom reaches an all-time peak, with 1,635 million admissions during the year.[1]

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

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. Song of the South* Disney $29,229,000
2. The Best Years of Our Lives Samuel Goldwyn Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Teresa Wright $11,300,000
Duel in the Sun Selznick Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten
3. The Postman Always Rings Twice MGM Lana Turner, John Garfield $7,600,000
4. Blue Skies Paramount Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire $5,700,000
5. The Yearling MGM Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman $5,568,000
6. The Razor's Edge Fox Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb $5,000,000
7. Notorious RKO Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman $4,800,000
8. Till the Clouds Roll By MGM Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Robert Walker $4,762,000
9. Road to Utopia Paramount Bing Crosby, Bob Hope $4,500,000
10. Gilda Columbia Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford $4,488,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards[]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: The Best Years of Our Lives – Goldwyn, RKO Radio
Best Director: William WylerThe Best Years of Our Lives
Best Actor: Fredric MarchThe Best Years of Our Lives
Best Actress: Olivia de HavillandTo Each His Own
Best Supporting Actor: Harold RussellThe Best Years of Our Lives
Best Supporting Actress: Anne BaxterThe Razor's Edge

Golden Globe Awards:

Best Picture: The Best Years of Our Lives
Best Director: Frank CapraIt's a Wonderful Life
Best Actor: Gregory PeckThe Yearling
Best Actress: Rosalind RussellSister Kenny
Best Film Promoting International Understanding: The Last Chance (Switzerland)

GRAND PRIX (Cannes Film Festival):

Portrait of Maria (María Candelaria), directed by Emilio Fernández, Mexico
The Turning Point (Великий перелом, Velikiy perelom), directed by Fridrikh Ermler, Soviet Union
La Symphonie pastorale, directed by Jean Delannoy, France
The Last Chance (Die Letzte Chance), directed by Leopold Lintberg, Switzerland
Men Without Wings (Muži bez křídel), directed by František Čáp, Czechoslovakia
Rome, Open City (Roma, città aperta), directed by Roberto Rossellini, Italy

Top Ten Money Making Stars[]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Bing Crosby
2. Ingrid Bergman
3. Van Johnson
4. Gary Cooper
5. Bob Hope
6. Humphrey Bogart
7. Greer Garson
8. Margaret O'Brien
9. Betty Grable
10. Roy Rogers

Notable films released in 1946[]

  1. It's a Wonderful Life

Serials[]

  • Daughter of Don Q
  • Chick Carter, Detective
  • The Crimson Ghost
  • Hop Harrigan
  • King of the Forest Rangers
  • Lost City of the Jungle
  • The Mysterious Mr. M
  • The Phantom Rider, starring Robert Kent and Peggy Stewart
  • The Scarlet Horseman
  • Son of the Guardsman

Short film series[]

  • Shirley Temple (1932–1946)
  • The Three Stooges (1934–1959)
  • Popular Science (1935–1950)

Animated Short Film Series[]

  • Mickey Mouse (1928–1952)
  • Looney Tunes (1930–1969)
  • Terrytoons (1930–1964)
  • Merrie Melodies (1931–1969)
  • Popeye (19331957)
  • Color Rhapsodies (1934–1949)
  • Donald Duck (19361956)
  • Pluto (1937–1951)
  • Andy Panda (1939–1949)
  • Goofy (1939–1953)
  • Bugs Bunny (1940–1962)
  • Tom and Jerry (1940–1958)
  • The Fox and the Crow (1941–1950)
  • Woody Woodpecker (1941–1949)
  • Mighty Mouse (1942–1955)
  • Droopy (1943–1958)
  • Chip and Dale (1943–1956)
  • Screwball Squirrel (1943–1946)
  • Yosemite Sam (1945–1963)
  • George and Junior (1946–1948)

Births[]

  • January 5 – Diane Keaton, American actress, producer and director
  • January 19 – Dolly Parton, American country singer and actress
  • January 20 – David Lynch, American director
  • January 26 – Gene Siskel, American film critic, Siskel and Ebert (d. 1999)
  • February 7 – Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (d. 2011)
  • February 20
    • Brenda Blethyn, English actress
    • Sandy Duncan, American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer
  • February 21 – Alan Rickman, English actor (d. 2016)
  • March 12 – Liza Minnelli, American singer and actress
  • March 21 – Timothy Dalton, Welsh actor
  • April 18 – Hayley Mills, English actress and singer
  • April 19 – Tim Curry, English actor and singer
  • April 21 – Claire Denis, French director
  • April 25 – Talia Shire, American actress
  • May 9 – Candice Bergen, American actress and model
  • May 20 – Cher, American singer and actress
  • June 1 – Brian Cox, Scottish actor
  • June 15 – Brigitte Fossey, French actress
  • July 6 – Sylvester Stallone, American actor, screenwriter and director
  • July 13 – Cheech Marin, American actor and comedian
  • July 22 – Danny Glover, American actor and director
  • August 16 – Lesley Ann Warren, American actress and singer
  • September 15
    • Oliver Stone, American director and producer
    • Tommy Lee Jones, American actor
  • September 19 – Michael Elphick, English actor (d. 2002)
  • September 28 – Jeffrey Jones, American actor
  • October 4 – Susan Sarandon, American actress
  • October 15 – John Getz, American actor
  • October 27 – Ivan Reitman, Slovakian-born director and producer
  • October 31 – Stephen Rea, Northern Irish actor
  • November 6 – Sally Field, American actress and singer
  • December 14 – Patty Duke, American actress (d. 2016)
  • December 17 – Eugene Levy, Canadian actor, comedian and director
  • December 18 – Steven Spielberg, American director and producer

Deaths[]

  • January 5 – Slim Summerville, 53, American actor and comedian, All Quiet on the Western Front, Captain January, Niagara Falls, Charlie Chan in Reno
  • February 1 – Jenő Törzs, 58, Hungarian actor, Secret of St. Job Forest, Alraune, Oliver Twist, Number 111
  • February 6 – Justus D. Barnes, 84, American actor
  • April 1 – Noah Beery, Sr., 64, American actor, She Done Him Wrong, The Trail Beyond, The Mark of Zorro, Mystery Liner
  • June 23 – William S. Hart, 81, American actor, The Narrow Trail, The Silent Man, The Money Corral, The Return of Draw Egan
  • July 2 – Mary Alden, 63, American actress, The Birth of a Nation, The Plastic Age, Brown of Harvard, Strange Interlude
  • August 9 – Léon Gaumont, 82, French film pioneer
  • August 13 – H. G. Wells, 79, British science fiction writer, The First Men in the Moon, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • August 26 – Jeanie MacPherson, 59, American actress and screenwriter, Dynamite, Manslaughter, The Godless Girl, The Captive
  • August 28 – Florence Turner, 61, American actress, The Chinese Parrot
  • September 21 – Olga Engl, 75, Austrian actress, Phantom, Frauenmoral
  • October 31 – Gabriel Gabrio, 59, French actor, Pépé le Moko, Wooden Crosses, Lucrezia Borgia, Gigolette
  • November 18 – Donald Meek, 68, American actor, Stagecoach, You Can't Take It with You, Captain Blood, State Fair
  • December 12 – Renée Jeanne Falconetti, 54, French actress, The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • December 25 – W. C. Fields, 66, American comedian and actor, The Bank Dick, It's a Gift, Never Give a Sucker an Even Break, My Little Chickadee

Film debuts[]

  • Kirk DouglasThe Strange Love of Martha Ivers
  • Burt LancasterThe Killers
  • Dean MartinFilm Vodvil: Art Mooney and Orchestra
  • Yves MontandStar Without Light

References[]

  1. Kynaston, David (2007). Austerity Britain 1945–1951. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-0-7475-7985-4.

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