1943 in film

The year 1943 in film featured various significant events for the film industry.

List of years in film (table)
In television


  • 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


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.

Rank Title Studio
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


Category/Organization 1st Golden Globe Awards
January 20, 1994
16th Academy Awards
March 2, 1944
Best Film The Song of Bernadette Casablanca
Best Director Henry King
The Song of Bernadette
Michael Curtiz
Best Actor Paul Lukas
Watch on the Rhine
Best Actress Jennifer Jones
The Song of Bernadette
Best Supporting Actor Akim Tamiroff
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Charles Coburn
The More the Merrier
Best Supporting Actress Katina 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






Notable films released in 1943

U.S.A. unless stated


















Comedy film series

Animated short film series



Film Debuts


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

Further reading

16th Academy Awards

The 16th Academy Awards, in 1944, was the first Oscar ceremony held at a large public venue, Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Free passes were given out to men and women in uniform. Originating on KFWB, the complete ceremony was internationally broadcast by CBS Radio via shortwave. Jack Benny served as master of ceremonies for the event, which lasted fewer than 30 minutes.The Tom and Jerry cartoon series won its first Oscar this year for The Yankee Doodle Mouse after two failed nominations in a row. It would go on to win another six Oscars, including three in a row for the next three years, and gained a total of 13 nominations.

For the first time, supporting actors and actresses took home full-size statuettes, instead of smaller-sized awards mounted on a plaque.For Whom the Bell Tolls was the third film to receive nominations in all four acting categories.

This was the last year until 2009 to have 10 nominations for Best Picture; The Ox-Bow Incident is, as of 2018, the last film to be nominated solely in that category.

1940 in radio

The year 1940 saw a number of significant events in radio broadcasting history.

1940 in television

The year 1940 in television involved some significant events.

Below is a list of television-related events during 1940.

1940s in film

Hundreds of full-length films were produced during the decade of the 1940s. The great actor Humphrey Bogart made his most memorable films in this decade. Frank Capra's masterpiece It's a Wonderful Life and Orson Welles's masterpiece Citizen Kane were released. The film noir genre was at its height. Alfred Hitchcock made his American debut with the film Rebecca, and made many classics throughout the 1940s. The most successful film of the decade was Samuel Goldwyn's The Best Years of Our Lives; the film was directed by William Wyler, and starred Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, and Harold Russell. The film won nine Academy Awards.

1943 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1943 in New Zealand.

1st Golden Globe Awards

The 1st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best achievements in 1943 filmmaking, were held late on January 20, 1944 at the 20th Century Fox studios in Los Angeles, California.

List of Golden Globe Awards ceremonies

The Golden Globe Award is an American accolade bestowed by the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) recognizing excellence in film and television, both domestic and foreign. The annual formal ceremony and dinner at which the awards are presented are a major part of the film industry's awards season, which culminates each year with the Academy Awards.

List of Soviet films of 1943

A list of films produced in the Soviet Union in 1943 (see 1943 in film).

Pierre Alcover

Pierre Alcover (14 March 1893 – 14 November 1957) was a French stage and film actor.

He starred in 40 films between 1918 and 1943.

In 1920 he starred in the film Champi-Tortu. One of his most notable performances was in Marcel L'Herbier's 1928 film L'Argent, as the corrupt banker Saccard.

He was the second husband of the film actress Gabrielle Colonna-Romano, and they are buried together in the cimetière de Rueil-Malmaison.

Rhythm Serenade

Rhythm Serenade is a 1943 British musical film. It was directed by Gordon Wellesley and stars Vera Lynn.It was made by British Columbia.

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