Cinema 1943: You Must Remember This….Events, Trends, Movies, Stars

Cineliteracy: What You Need to Know About 1943 as a Movie Year

Top-Grossing Films (U.S.)

1. This is the Army Warner Bros. $8,301,000

2. For Whom the Bell Tolls Paramount Pictures $6,300,000

3. The Song of Bernadette 20th Century Fox $5,000,000

4. Stage Door Canteen, United Artists $4,400,000

5. Star Spangled Rhythm Paramount Pictures $3,900,000

6. Thousands Cheer Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $3,751,000

7. Casablanca Warner Bros. $3,398,000

8. Coney Island, 20th Century Fox $3,305,000

9. Destination Tokyo Warner Bros. $3,237,000

10. Dixie Paramount Pictures $3,100,000



January 23

Casablanca is released nationally and becomes one of the top-grossing pictures of 1943. It wins the Best Picture and Best Director awards at the 16th Oscars.

February 20:

Studio executives agree to allow the United States Office of War Information to censor films.

June 1:

Veteran English actor Leslie Howard, best known as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind, dies at age 50 in the crash of BOAC Flight 777 off the coast of Galicia, Spain.

November 23:

British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operation

December 31: New York City’s Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

Oscar Awards

16th Academy Awards–March 2, 1944

Best Film: Casablanca

Best Director: Michael Curtiz, Casablanca

Best Actor: Paul Lukas, Watch on the Rhine

Best Actress: Jennifer Jones, The Song of Bernadette

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress: Katina Paxinou, For Whom the Bell Tolls


Top Ten Money Making Stars

1. Betty Grable
2. Bob Hope
3. Bud Abbott/Lou Costello
4. Bing Crosby
5. Gary Cooper
6. Greer Garson
7. Humphrey Bogart
8. James Cagney
9. Mickey Rooney
10. Clark Gable