Cinema 1947: You Must Remember This–Popular Movies, Hot Stars, Trends

November 25:

The first systematic Hollywood blacklist was instituted on November 25, 1947, the day after ten writers and directors were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). These personalities were subpoenaed to appear before HUAC in October.

BOX-OFFICE HITS  (In Domestic Gross, Millions of Dollars)

The  Best Years of Our Lives    11.5

Duel in the Sun                     10.7

The Jolson Story                  8.0

Forever Amber                     8.0

Life with Father                     6.25

Welcome Stranger               6.1

The Egg and I                        5.5

Unconquered                       5.3

Green Dolphin’s Street      5.0

The Razor’s Edge                  5.0

The Yearling                         5.25

Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer, The  4.5

Boat to Rio                   4.5

The Hucksters                 4.4

Mother Wore Tights            4.1


Top-Grossing Films (from A to Z)

Bachelor and Bobby Soxer     $ 4.5

The Egg and I  $ 5.5

Forever Amber  $ 5.0

Green Dolphin’s Street  $  5.0

The Hucksters  $ 4.4

Life with Father  $

Mother Wore Tights  $

101 Dalamations (61) animated (47–Top 100)

Road to Rio $

Unconquered $


Oscar: Best Picture Nominees

Bishop’s Wife, The


Gentleman’s Agreement (Winner)

Great Expectations

Miracle on 34th Street


Significant Films

Body and Soul


Double Life, A

Farmer’s Daughter

Fugitive, The

Kiss of Death

Out of the Past


Smash-Up, Story of a Woman


Best Actress: Oscar, Critics, Globe, Festivals

Oscar: Loretta Young, The Farmer’s Daughter

N.Y. Film Critics Circle: Deborah Kerr, Black Narcissus; The Adventurers

NBR (National Board of Review): Celia Johnson, The Happy Breed

Golden Globes: Rosalind Russell, Mourning Becomes Electra

Venice Film Fest: Anna Magnani, Honorable Angelina

Cannes Film Fest: Not Awarded

Best Actor: Oscar, Critics, Globe, Festivals

Oscar: Ronald Colman, A Double Life

N.Y. Film Critics Circle: William Powell, Life With Father and The Senator Was Indiscreet

NBR (National Board of Review): Michael Redgrave, Mourning Becomes Electra

Golden Globes: Ronald Colman, A Double Life

Venice Film Fest: Pierre Fresnay, Monsieur Vincent

Cannes Film Fest: Not Awarded