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

Cineliteracy: What You Need to Know about 1947 as a Movie Year


April 19 –

Monogram Pictures release their first film under their Allied Artists banner, It Happened on Fifth Avenue.

May 22 –

David Lean’s Great Expectations premieres in New York.

August 31 –

The first Edinburgh Film Festival opens at the Playhouse Cinema, presented by the Edinburgh Film Guild as part of the Edinburgh Festival of the Arts. Originally specializing in documentaries, it will become the world’s oldest continually running film festival.

November 24 –

The United States House of Representatives of the 80th Congress voted 346 to 17 to approve citations for contempt of Congress against the “Hollywood Ten”.

November 25 –

The Waldorf Statement is released by the executives of the United States motion picture industry that marks the beginning of the Hollywood blacklist.


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 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, 4.5

Road to Rio, 4.5

The Hucksters, 4.4

Mother Wore Tights, 4.1


Top-Grossing Films (from A to Z)

Bachelor and BobbySoxer     $ 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

Top Ten Money Making Stars


Rank Actor/Actress

1. Bing Crosby
2. Betty Grable
3. Ingrid Bergman
4. Gary Cooper
5. Humphrey Bogart
6. Bob Hope
7. Clark Gable
8. Gregory Peck
9. Claudette Colbert
10. Alan Ladd


Picture: The Best Years of Our Lives (Goldwyn, RKO), produced by Samuel Goldwyn

Director: William Wyler, The Best Years of Our Lives

Actor: Frederic March, The Best Years of Our Lives

Actress: Olivia de Havilland, To Each His Own

Supporting Actor: Harold Russell, The Best Years of Our Lives

Supporting Actress: Anne Baxter, The Razor’s Edge

Writing Screenplay: Robert E. Sherwood, The Best Years of Our Lives

Writing Original Story: Clemence Dane, Vacation from Marriage

Writing Original Screenplay: Muriel Box and Sydney Box, The Seventh Veil

Cinematography b/w: Arthur Miller, Anna and the King of Siam

Cinematography color: Charles Rosher, Leonard Smith, Arthur Arling, The Yearling

Interior Decoration b/w: Anna and the King of Siam, Lyle Wheeler and William Darling; Thomas Little and Frank E. Hughes

Interior Decoration color: The Yearling, Cedric Gibbons and Paul Groesse; Edwin B. Willism

Sound Recording: The Jolson Story, John Livadary

Music: Song: On the Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe (The Harvey Girls), music by Harry warren, lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Music: Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: The Best Years of Our Lives, Hugo Friedhofer

Music Scoring of a Musical Picture: The Jolson Story, Morris Stoloff

Editing: The Best Years of Our Lives, Daniel Mandell

Special Effects: Blithe Spirit, Visual, Thomas Howard

Short Subjects: Cartoons: The Cat Concerto (MGM Tom & Jerry series), produced by Frederic Quimby

Short Subjects: One-Reel: Facing Your Danger (Warner Sports Parade), produced by Gordon Hollingshead

Short Subjects: Two-Reel: A Boy and His Dog (Warner Featurette)

Documentary Short: Seeds of Destiny (US War Department)

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Samuel Gldwyn

Special Awards:

Laurence Olivier, for his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen (Statuette).

Ernst Lubitsch, for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture (Scroll).

Claude Jarman, Jr., outstanding child actor of 1946 (Miniature Statuette)