1955 in film

The year 1955 in film involved some significant events.

List of years in film (table)
In television


Top-grossing films (U.S.)

The top-grossing hits of 1955 in the United States.[4]

Rank Title Studio Gross rental
1. Cinerama Holiday Cinerama Productions $10,000,000[5]
2. Mister Roberts Warner Bros. $8,500,000[6]
3. Battle Cry $8,000,000[5]
4. Oklahoma! RKO $7,100,000[6]
5. Guys and Dolls MGM $6,900,000
6. The Country Girl Paramount $6,900,000[7]
7. Lady and the Tramp Disney $6,500,000[5]
8. Picnic Columbia $6,350,000[6]
9. Not as a Stranger United Artists $6,176,151[6]
10. Strategic Air Command Paramount $6,000,000

Top-grossing films by country

The highest-grossing 1955 films from countries outside of North America.

Country Title Studio Gross
India Shree 420 R. K. Films $8,190,000[n 2]
Soviet Union Private Ivan Gorky Film Studio $2,520,000[n 4]


Category/Organization 13th Golden Globe Awards
February 23, 1956
28th Academy Awards
March 21, 1956
Drama Comedy or Musical
Best Film East of Eden Guys and Dolls Marty
Best Director Joshua Logan
Delbert Mann
Best Actor Ernest Borgnine
Tom Ewell
The Seven Year Itch
Ernest Borgnine
Best Actress Anna Magnani
The Rose Tattoo
Jean Simmons
Guys and Dolls
Anna Magnani
The Rose Tattoo
Best Supporting Actor Arthur Kennedy
Jack Lemmon
Mister Roberts
Best Supporting Actress Marisa Pavan
The Rose Tattoo
Jo Van Fleet
East of Eden
Best Foreign Language Film Children, Mother, and the General
Dangerous Curves
Eyes of Children
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto

Top ten money making stars

Rank Actor/Actress
1. James Stewart
2. Grace Kelly
3. John Wayne
4. William Holden
5. Gary Cooper
6. Marilyn Monroe
7. (tie) Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
8. Marlon Brando
9. Humphrey Bogart
10. Clark Gable

Notable films released in 1955

U.S.A. unless stated























Short film series



  • Gadgets Galore (Warner Varieties Series) (Robert Youngson, producer; Warner Bros.)
  • Survival City (Movietone CinemaScope Series) (Edmund Reek, producer; Twentieth Century-Fox)
  • 3rd Ave. El (Carson Davidson Productions; Ardee Films)
  • Three Kisses (Topper Special Series) (Justin Herman, producer; Paramount)


  • The Battle of Gettysburg (Dore Schary, producer; MGM)
  • The Face of Lincoln (University of Southern California Presentation; Cavalcade Pictures, Inc.)
  • On The Twelfth Day...(United Kingdom Series) (Go Pictures, Inc.; George Brest and Associates)
  • Switzerland (People and Places Series) (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
  • 24-Hour Alert (Cedric Francis, producer; Warner Bros.)



Film Debuts


  1. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[9]
  2. ^ 3.9 crore[8] (US$8.19 million)[n 1]
  3. ^ 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960[12]
  4. ^ 10.0925 million SUR (40.37 million Soviet tickets sold,[10] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[11] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]


  1. ^ McFarlane, Brian, ed. (2003). The Encyclopedia of British Film. London: Methuen; BFI. p. 48. ISBN 9780413773012.
  2. ^ Leab, Daniel J. (2007). Orwell Subverted. Pennsylvania State Press. p. xiii-xiv. ISBN 978-0-271-02979-5.
  3. ^ Filmed on location September 1954. "The Seven Year Itch (1955)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2001-04-30. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  4. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955,' Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956.
  5. ^ a b c "All-Time Top Gross Films". Variety. January 10, 1962. p. 13.
  6. ^ a b c d Cohn, Lawrence (October 15, 1990). "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. p. M140-M196.
  7. ^ Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956 at Heylookmeover (recovered 3 November 2017)
  8. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120922022007/http://boxofficeindia.com/showProd.php?itemCat=161&catName=MTk1NQ==
  9. ^ http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/USDpages.pdf#page=3
  10. ^ "Prokat2". Kinokultura.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-10-09.
  11. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48, Cornell University Press, 2011
  12. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia http://cbr.ru/currency_base/OldDataFiles/USD.xls
1950s in film

The decade of the 1950s in film involved many significant films.

1952 in radio

The year 1952 saw a number of significant happenings in radio broadcasting history.

1952 in television

The year 1952 in television involved some significant events.

Below is a list of television-related events during 1952.

1955 in New Zealand

The following lists events that happened during 1955 in New Zealand.

28th Academy Awards

The 28th Academy Awards were presented at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Marty, a simple and low-budget film usually uncharacteristic of Best Picture awardees, became the shortest film (as well as the second Palme d'Or winner) to win the top honor.

This was the final year in which the Best Foreign Language Film was a Special/Honorary award. Beginning with the 29th Academy Awards, it became a competitive category.

Dimitris Nikolaidis

Dimitris Nikolaidis (Greek: Δημήτρης Νικολαΐδης; 1922 – 21 January 1993) was a Greek actor.

Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on June 22, 1955 by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th Disney animated feature film, it was the first animated feature filmed in the CinemaScope widescreen film process. Based on "Happy Dan, The Cynical Dog," by Ward Greene, Lady and the Tramp tells the story of a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family, and a male stray mixed-breed dog called the Tramp. When the two dogs meet, they embark on many romantic adventures and fall in love.

A direct-to-video sequel, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, was released in 2001. An upcoming live-action remake of the film is in active development for Disney's planned streaming service Disney+.

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 Japanese films of 1955

A list of films released in Japan in 1955 (see 1955 in film).

List of Soviet films of 1955

A list of films produced in the Soviet Union in 1955 (see 1955 in film).

List of Spanish films of 1955

A list of films produced in Spain in 1955 (see 1955 in film).

List of Turkish films (alphabetical)

A list of films produced in Turkey and in the Turkish language in alphabetical order. For a list of films by year see List of Turkish films for guidance.


Rififi (French: Du rififi chez les hommesa) is a 1955 French crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel of the same name. Directed by American blacklisted filmmaker Jules Dassin, the film stars Jean Servais as the aging gangster Tony "le Stéphanois", Carl Möhner as Jo "le Suédois", Robert Manuel as Mario Farrati, and Jules Dassin as César "le Milanais". The foursome band together to commit an almost impossible theft, the burglary of an exclusive jewelry shop on the Rue de Rivoli. The centerpiece of the film is an intricate half-hour heist scene depicting the crime in detail, shot in near silence, without dialogue or music. The fictional burglary has been mimicked by criminals in actual crimes around the world.After he was blacklisted from Hollywood, Dassin found work in France where he was asked to direct Rififi. Despite his distaste for parts of the original novel, Dassin agreed to direct the film. He shot Rififi while working with a low budget, without a star cast, and with the production staff working for low wages.Upon the initial release of the film, it received positive reactions from audiences and critics in France, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The film earned Dassin the award for Best Director at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. Rififi was nominated by the National Board of Review for Best Foreign Film. Rififi was re-released theatrically in both 2000 and 2015 and is still highly acclaimed by modern film critics as one of the greatest works in French film noir.

Special Delivery (1955 film)

Special Delivery (also known as Vom Himmel gefallen (in German)) is a 1955 American-West German comedy film, directed by John Brahm. It stars Joseph Cotten and Eva Bartok. Special Delivery was filmed simultaneously in an English and German language version.

1955 films

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