1943 in film

Events

  • January 3 – first missing persons telecast (NYC)
  • February 20 – American film studio executives agree to allow the Office of War Information to censor films.
  • November 23 – British Forces Broadcasting Service begins operation
  • December 31 – NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

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Top-grossing films (U.S.)[2]

Box office numbers were reported at the time as a percentage compared to 'normal' business at each theater. For example, For Whom the Bell Tolls performed at an extraordinary 254% while Thousands Cheer was a hit at 176%. This is why exact dollar grosses for the period are unreliable at best.

RankTitleStudio
1. For Whom the Bell Tolls Paramount
2. This is the Army Warner Bros.
3. The Song of Bernadette 20th Century Fox
4. Thousands Cheer MGM
5. Star Spangled Rhythm Paramount
6. Casablanca Warner Bros.
7. Air Force
8. Destination Tokyo
9. A Guy Named Joe MGM
10. Coney Island 20th Century Fox

Awards

Category/Organization1st Golden Globe Awards
January 20, 1944
16th Academy Awards
March 2, 1944
Best FilmThe Song of BernadetteCasablanca
Best DirectorHenry King
The Song of Bernadette
Michael Curtiz
Casablanca
Best ActorPaul Lukas
Watch on the Rhine
Best ActressJennifer Jones
The Song of Bernadette
Best Supporting ActorAkim Tamiroff
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Charles Coburn
The More the Merrier
Best Supporting ActressKatina Paxinou
For Whom the Bell Tolls

Top Ten Money Making Stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Betty Grable
2. Bob Hope
3. (tie) 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

1943 film releases

United States

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Notable films released in 1943

United States unless stated

A

B

C

D

E-F

G

H

I

J-K

L-M

N

O

P

Q-S

T-V

W-Z

Serials

Comedy film series

Animated short film series

Births

Deaths

Film Debuts

References

  1. "Historical Events in 1943". www.historyorb.com.
  2. Box Office Digest, March 1944, p. 14

Further reading

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