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The year 1951 in film involved some significant events.


Sweden - May Britt is scouted by Italian film-makers Carlo Ponti and Mario Soldati United States of America - Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland premieres, while a disappointment at first it later became a major cult classic in the animation medium.

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 Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, 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-MayerBest Director: George Stevens - A Place in the SunBest Actor: Humphrey Bogart - The African QueenBest Actress: Vivien Leigh - A Streetcar Named DesireBest Supporting Actor: Karl Malden - A Streetcar Named DesireBest Supporting Actress: Kim Hunter - A Streetcar Named Desire Golden Globe Awards: Drama:Best Picture: A Place in the SunBest Actor: Fredric March - Death of a SalesmanBest Actress: Jane Wyman - The Blue VeilMusical or comedy:Best Picture: An American in ParisBest Actor: Danny Kaye - On the RivieraBest Actress: June Allyson - Too Young to KissOtherBest Director: Laslo Benedek - Death of a SalesmanSpecial Award: Pictura: An Adventure in Art Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival): Miss Julie (Fröken Julie), directed by Alf Sjöberg, SwedenMiracle 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[]



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[]

  1. Alice in Wonderland


Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere, starring Judd Holdren Don Daredevil Rides Again, starring Ken Curtis and Aline Towne Government Agents vs Phantom Legion, starring Walter Reed Mysterious Island, starring Richard Crane Roar of the Iron Horse, starring Buster Crabbe

Short film series[]

Mickey Mouse (1928–1956) Looney Tunes (1930–1969) Merrie Melodies (1931–1969) Popeye (1933–1957) The Three Stooges (1934–1959) Donald Duck (1936–1956) Pluto (1937-1951) Goofy (1939–1953) Tom and Jerry (1940–1958) Bugs Bunny (1940–1964) Mighty Mouse (1942–1955) Chip and Dale (1943–1956) Yosemite Sam (1945–1963) Terrytoons (1930–1971) Noveltoons (1944–1967)



Film Debuts[]

Jeff Bridges - The Company She Keeps Charles Bronson - You're in the Navy Now Leslie Caron - An American in Paris John Cassavetes - Fourteen Hours James Dean - Fixed Bayonets! Lee Grant - Detective Story Audrey Hepburn - One Wild Oat Grace Kelly - Fourteen Hours Leonard Nimoy - Queen for a Day William Shatner - The Butler's Night Off Rod Steiger - Teresa