Cinema 1944: You Must Remember This….Events, Trends, Movies, Stars

Research in Progress (April 21, 2021)

Cineliteracy: What You Need to Know about 1944 as a Movie and Pop Culture Year

Top-grossing films (U.S.) of 1944

1 Going My Way Paramount Pictures $6,500,000
2 Meet Me in St. Louis Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $5,016,000
3 Since You Went Away UA/Selznick International Pictures $4,900,000
4 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $4,297,000
5 The White Cliffs of Dover $4,045,000
6 A Guy Named Joe $3,970,000
7 Hollywood Canteen Warner Bros. $3,831,000
8 To Have and Have Not $3,652,000
9 Frenchman’s Creek Paramount Pictures $3,500,000
10 Up in Arms RKO/Goldwyn Productions $3,334,000

Events

March 10 –

MGM’s A Guy Named Joe, starring Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne, is released in US.

May 3 –

Going My Way, directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald, premieres. The highest-grossing picture of the year, it goes on to win 7 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Original Song for “Swinging on a Star”.

May 13 –

Dale Evans appears in first film with future husband, Roy Rogers, Cowboy and the Senorita.

July 20

Since You Went Away is released.

September 6

Double Indemnity is released.
November 22

MGM’s Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien premieres. Hugely popular with audiences and critics, the film is nominated for 4 Oscars.

Awards
Category/Organization
January 20, 1945 17th Academy Awards
March 15, 1945, 2nd Golden Globe Awards
Best Film Going My Way
Best Director Leo McCarey
Going My Way
Best Actor Alexander Knox
Wilson Bing Crosby
Going My Way
Best Actress Ingrid Bergman
Gaslight
Best Supporting Actor Barry Fitzgerald, Going My Way
Best Supporting Actress Agnes Moorehead, Mrs. Parkington

Ethel Barrymore, None but the Lonely Heart

Top Ten Money Making Stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Bing Crosby
2. Gary Cooper
3. Bob Hope
4. Betty Grable
5. Spencer Tracy
6. Greer Garson
7. Humphrey Bogart
8. (tie) Bud Abbott
Lou Costello
9. Cary Grant
10. Bette Davis

Box-Office Hits

Going My Way                   $6.5 (million)

Meet Me in St. Louis         5.2

Since You Went Away      4.9

30 Seconds Over Tokyo   4.5

Hollywood Canteen          4.2

Guy Named Joe                 4.1

White Cliffs of Dover       4.1

National Velvet                 4.1

 

Other Hits

The Story of Dr. Wassel

None But the Lonely Heart

Mrs. Parkington

Pin-Up Girl

 

Best Actress:  Awards

Oscar: Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight

N.Y. Film Critics Circle: Tallulah Bankhead, Lifeboat

Golden Globes: Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight

 

Best Actor: Awards

Oscar: Bing Crosby, Going My Way

N.Y. Film Critics Circle: Barry Fitzgerald, Going My Way

Golden Globes: Alexander Knox, Wilson