The year 1948 in film involved some significant events.

Events

Laurence Olivier's Hamlet becomes the first British film to win the American Academy Award for Best Picture.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. The Red Shoes Eagle-Lion Moira Shearer $5,000,000
2. The Three Musketeers MGM Lana Turner, Gene Kelly $4,507,000
3. Red River United Artists John Wayne, Montgomery Clift $4,500,000
4. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Warner Bros. Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston $4,307,000
5. When My Baby Smiles at Me 20th Century Fox Betty Grable, Dan Dailey $4,200,000
6. Easter Parade MGM Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Peter Lawford $4,100,000
7. Johnny Belinda
The Snake Pit
Warner Bros.
20th Century Fox
Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres
Olivia de Havilland
$4,089,000
8. Joan of Arc RKO Ingrid Bergman $4,000,000
9. Adventures of Don Juan Warner Bros. Errol Flynn $3,700,000
10. Homecoming MGM Clark Gable, Lana Turner $3,420,000
11. The Loves of Carmen Columbia Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford $3,395,000
12. Key Largo Warner Bros. Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall $3,289,000
13. That Lady in Ermine 20th Century Fox Betty Grable $3,250,000
14. The Emperor Waltz Paramount Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine $3,209,000
15. The Search MGM Montgomery Clift $3,191,000
16. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House RKO Cary Grant, Myrna Loy $3,140,000
17. Hamlet Rank Film Laurence Olivier $3,075,000
18. State of the Union MGM Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn $2,745,000
19. A Foreign Affair Paramount Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund $2,450,000
20. Sorry, Wrong Number Paramount Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster $2,200,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards

Academy Awards: Best Picture: Hamlet - Two Cities FilmsBest Director: John Huston - The Treasure of the Sierra MadreBest Actor: Laurence Olivier - HamletBest Actress: Jane Wyman - Johnny BelindaBest Supporting Actor: Walter Huston - The Treasure of the Sierra MadreBest Supporting Actress: Claire Trevor - Key Largo Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture (tie): Johnny BelindaBest Picture (tie): The Treasure of the Sierra MadreBest Director: John Huston - The Treasure of the Sierra MadreBest Actor: Laurence Olivier - HamletBest Actress: Jane Wyman - Johnny Belinda Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival): not held

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival) Hamlet, directed by Laurence Olivier (United Kingdom)Best Actor: Ernst Deutsch in Der ProzessBest Actress: Jean Simmons in Hamlet

Top ten money making stars

Rank

Actor/Actress

1. Bing Crosby 2. Betty Grable 3. (tie) Bud Abbott Lou Costello 4. Gary Cooper 5. Bob Hope 6. Humphrey Bogart 7. Clark Gable 8. Cary Grant 9. Spencer Tracy 10. Ingrid Bergman

Notable films released in 1948

  1. Rope

Serials

G-Men Never Forget, starring Clayton Moore Dangers of the Canadian Mounted Adventures of Frank and Jesse James, starring Clayton Moore Superman, starring Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill Tex Granger Congo Bill

Short film series

1928 -- 1952 - Mickey Mouse 1930 -- 1964 - Terrytoons 1933 –- 1957 - Popeye 1934 –- 1959 - The Three Stooges 1936 –- 1956 - Donald Duck 1939 -- 1953 - Goofy 1940 –- 1958 - Tom and Jerry 1940 -- 1964 - Bugs Bunny 1941 -- 1950 - The Fox and the Crow 1941 -- 1949 - Woody Woodpecker 1942 -- 1955 - Mighty Mouse 1943 -- 1956 - Chip and Dale 1943 -- 1958 - Droopy 1945 -- 1964 - Yosemite Sam 1946—1948 - George and Junior 1947 -- 1949 - Blackie the Sheep

Births

Deaths

Film debuts

Beau Bridges - No Minor Vices Montgomery Clift - The Search Doris Day - Romance on the High Seas Laurence Harvey - House of Darkness Rock Hudson - Fighter Squadron Klaus Kinski - Morituri Irene Papas - Fallen Angels Debbie Reynolds - June Bride

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