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