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The year 1952 in film involved some significant events.


January 10 - Cecil B. DeMille's circus epic, The Greatest Show on Earth, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. February 20 - The film The African Queen opens (Capitol Theater in New York City). March 27 - The MGM musical Singin' in the Rain premieres at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. September 30 - The Cinerama multiple-projection widescreen system, invented by Fred Waller, debuts in New York with the film This Is Cinerama. November 27 - Bwana Devil, the first American, feature-length, color 3-D film, is released, and begins the demand for 3-D films that lasts for the next two years. May Britt debuts in Jolanda la figlia del corsaro nero (Jolanda, the Daughter of the Black Corsair)

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

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. The Greatest Show on Earth Paramount Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Gloria Grahame $14,000,000
2. The Bad and the Beautiful MGM Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Dick Powell, Gloria Grahame $8,500,000
3. The Snows of Kilimanjaro Fox Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner $6,700,000
4. Ivanhoe MGM Robert Taylor, Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor $6,258,000
5. Singin' in the Rain MGM Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor, Jean Hagen $6,000,000
6. Sailor Beware Paramount Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis $4,300,000
7. Moulin Rouge United Artists José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor $4,252,000
8. Hans Christian Andersen RKO Danny Kaye, Farley Granger $4,100,000
9. Affair in Trinidad Columbia Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford $4,000,000
10. Monkey Business Fox Cary Grant, Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe $3,800,000


Academy Awards: Best Picture: The Greatest Show on Earth - DeMille, ParamountBest Director: John Ford - The Quiet ManBest Actor: Gary Cooper - High NoonBest Actress: Shirley Booth - Come Back, Little ShebaBest Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn - Viva Zapata!Best Supporting Actress: Gloria Grahame - The Bad and the Beautiful Golden Globe Awards: Drama:Best Picture: The Greatest Show on EarthBest Actor: Gary Cooper – High NoonBest Actress: Shirley Booth – Come Back, Little ShebaMusical or comedy:Best Picture: With a Song in My HeartBest Actor: Donald O'Connor – Singin' in the RainBest Actress: Susan Hayward – With a Song in My HeartSupporting Role:Best Supporting Actor: Millard Mitchell – My Six ConvictsBest Supporting Actress: Katy Jurado – High NoonOtherBest Director: Cecil B. DeMille – The Greatest Show on Earth Grand Prix (Cannes Film Festival): The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice, directed by Orson Welles, United StatesTwo Cents Worth of Hope (Due soldi di speranza), directed by Renato Castellani, Italy Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits), directed by René Clément, France Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival): Hon dansade en sommar (One Summer of Happiness), directed by Arne Mattsson, Sweden

Notable films released in 1952[]

  1. Singin' in the Rain


Blackhawk, starring Kirk Alyn King of the Congo, starring Buster Crabbe Radar Men from the Moon, starring George D. Wallace and Aline Towne Son of Geronimo starring Clayton Moore Zombies of the Stratosphere, starring Judd Holdren and Leonard Nimoy

Short film series[]

Mickey Mouse (1928–1953) Looney Tunes (1930–1969) Terrytoons (1930–1964) Merrie Melodies (1931–1969) Popeye (1933–1957) The Three Stooges (1934–1959) Donald Duck (1936)-(1956) Goofy (1939–1953) Tom and Jerry (1940–1958) Bugs Bunny (1940–1962) Mighty Mouse (1942–1955) Chip and Dale (1943–1956) Droopy (1943–1958) Yosemite Sam (1945–1963)



Film Debuts[]

Anne Bancroft - Don't Bother to Knock Brigitte Bardot - Crazy for Love Julie Harris - The Member of the Wedding

See also[]

Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson