Cinema 1944: You Must Remember This….

Top-grossing films (U.S.)
The top ten 1944 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1944
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross rental
1 Going My Way Paramount Pictures $6,500,000[1]
2 Meet Me in St. Louis Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $5,016,000[2]
3 Since You Went Away United Artists/Selznick International Pictures $4,900,000[1]
4 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $4,297,000[2]
5 The White Cliffs of Dover $4,045,000[2]
6 A Guy Named Joe $3,970,000[2]
7 Hollywood Canteen Warner Bros. $3,831,000[3]
8 To Have and Have Not $3,652,000[3]
9 Frenchman’s Creek Paramount Pictures $3,500,000[4]
10 Up in Arms RKO Radio Pictures/Samuel Goldwyn Productions $3,334,000[4]
Events
March 10 – MGM’s A Guy Named Joe, starring Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne, is released nationally in the United States.
May 3 – The film 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 a total of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for McCary, Best Actor for Crosby and Best Original Song for “Swinging on a Star”.
May 13 – Dale Evans appears in her 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 both audiences and critics, the film is nominated for four Academy Awards.
Awards
Category/Organization 2nd Golden Globe Awards
January 20, 1945 17th Academy Awards
March 15, 1945
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

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