1956 in Film
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1956 in Film

The following is an overview of 1956 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

Events

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Around the World in 80 Days - Todd, United Artists
Best Director: George Stevens - Giant
Best Actor: Yul Brynner - The King and I
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman - Anastasia
Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn - Lust for Life
Best Supporting Actress: Dorothy Malone - Written on the Wind
Best Foreign Language Film: La strada, directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Around the World in 80 Days
Best Actor: Kirk Douglas - Lust for Life
Best Actress: Ingrid Bergman - Anastasia
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: The King and I
Best Actor: Cantinflas - Around the World in 80 Days
Best Actress: Deborah Kerr - The King and I
Other
Best Director: Elia Kazan - Baby Doll
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture: Earl Holliman - The Rainmaker
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture: Eileen Heckart - The Bad Seed
Best Foreign Film: Before Sundown, West Germany
Best Foreign Film: A Girl in Black, Greece
Best Foreign Film: Richard III, United Kingdom
Best Foreign Film: Roses on the Arm, Japan
Best Foreign Film: War and Peace, Italy
Best Foreign Film: The White Reindeer, Finland

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Silent World (Le monde du silence), directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle, France

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival): Not awarded

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Invitation to the Dance, directed by Gene Kelly, United States

Top ten money making stars

1956 film releases

January-March

  • January 1956
    • 12 January
      • Diane
  • February 1956
    • 5 February
      • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    • 16 February
      • Picnic
      • Carousel
    • 25 February
      • The Lone Ranger
  • March 1956
    • 9 March
      • Come Next Spring
      • Meet Me in Las Vegas
    • 10 March
      • Never Say Goodbye
    • 23 March
      • Serenade
    • 24 March
      • Raw Edge
    • 25 March
      • The Indestructible Man
      • World Without End
    • 28 March
      • The Conqueror

April-June

  • April 1956
    • 6 April
      • Jubal
    • 11 April
      • Backlash
    • 24 April
      • Our Miss Brooks
    • 26 April
      • The Creature Walks Among Us
  • May 1956
    • 8 May
      • The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
    • 15 May
      • Invitation to the Dance
    • 26 May
      • The Searchers
    • 30 May
      • Trapeze
      • While the City Sleeps
  • June 1956
    • 1 June
      • The Man Who Knew Too Much
    • 6 June
      • The Killing
    • 10 June
      • Crime in the Streets
    • 12 June
      • A Kiss Before Dying
    • 13 June
      • Star in the Dust
    • 15 June
      • Gunslinger
    • 16 June
      • Female Jungle
    • 20 June
      • Safari
    • 21 June
      • The Eddy Duchin Story
    • 22 June
      • The Catered Affair
    • 29 June
      • The King & I

July-September

  • July 1956
    • 6 July
      • The Fastest Gun Alive
    • 12 July
      • Foreign Intrigue
    • 15 July
      • It Conquered the World
    • 17 July
      • High Society
    • 23 July
      • Dakota Incident
    • 29 July
      • Hold Back the Night
    • 30 July
      • Run for the Sun
  • August 1956
    • 1 August
      • Autumn Leaves
    • 17 August
      • A Cry in the Night
      • These Wilder Years
    • 21 August
      • War and Peace
    • 24 August
      • A Strange Adventure
    • 26 August
      • The Swan
    • 29 August
      • The First Traveling Saleslady
      • The Vagabond King
  • September 1956
    • 12 September
      • The Bad Seed
    • 15 September
      • Lust for Life
    • 21 September
      • The Last Wagon
    • 28 September
      • The Best Things in Life are Free

October-December

  • October 1956
    • 17 October
      • Around the World in 80 Days
      • Attack
      • Julie
    • 25 October
      • The Ten Commandments
    • 31 October
      • Death of a Scoundrel
      • You Can't Run Away From It
  • November 1956
    • 1 November
      • Naked Gun
      • The White Squaw
    • 15 November
      • Love Me Tender
      • Gun the Man Down
    • 18 November
      • Blonde Sinner
    • 24 November
      • Giant
    • 25 November
      • Friendly Persuasion
  • December 1956
    • 1 December
      • The Girl Can't Help It
    • 12 December
      • Bundle of Joy
    • 13 December
      • Anastasia
      • The Rainmaker
    • 21 December
      • The King and Four Queens
    • 25 December
      • Written on the Wind
    • 29 December
      • Baby Doll

Notable films released in 1956

U.S.A. unless stated

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Serials

Short film series

Ending this year

Births

Deaths

Film Debuts

Notes

References

  1. ^ "Name Adler to Zanuck Post". Motion Picture Herald. February 11, 1956. p. 18. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Schary Leaves MGM at Year End". Motion Picture Herald. December 1, 1956. p. 9. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "All-Time Top Gross Films". Variety. January 10, 1962. p. 13.
  4. ^ a b c Cohn, Lawrence (October 15, 1990). "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. p. M140-M196.
  5. ^ a b The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  6. ^ "All-Time Domestic Champs". Variety. January 6, 1960. p. 34.

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