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The biggest box office and artistic success of the year was The Best Years of Our Lives, a story of postwar readjustments in the lives of a group of Indiana G.I.'s. Released on Christmas Day 1946, the movie won a record nine Academy Awards (handed out on March 13), including: Best Picture, Best Actor (Frederic March), Best Supporting Actor (Harold Russell), Best Director (William Wyler)), Best Script-Writer (Robert E. Sherwood), Best Scoring (Hugo Friedhofer), and Best Editing (Daniel Mandell). Producer Samuel Goldwyn also won the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award, and Harold Russell received a special award as a symbol to disabled veterans.
Released on January 7, It's a Wonderful Life featured James Stewart, Lionel Barrymoew, Donna Reed, Henry Travers, and others in a drama about life in a small town. It was directed by Frank Capra. Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett wrote the script from a story by Philip van Doren Stern.
Great Expectations, the
British film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of
the same name, starred Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham and
Anthony Wager as a young Pip. It was released in the
United States on May 22.
Released on July 22, Crossfire starred Robert Young as a detective investigating the murder of a Jewish veteran. The picture was produced by Adrian Scott and directed by Edward Dmytryk from a screen play by John Paxton. The original novel was The Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks.
Michael Curtiz directed the
Technicolor screen version of Life with Father,
a play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The roles of
Clarence and Vinnie Day were played by William Powell and
Irene Dunne, respectively; they were played by Howard
Lindsay and Dorothy Stickney on stage. Daniel Ogden
Stewart wrote the screenplay. It was released on
One of the top candidates
for Academy Award honors in 1948 was Gentleman's
Agreement (released November 11), based on the
best-selling novel of the same name by Laura Z. Hobson.
The subtle and dramatic attack on anti-Semitism was
selected by the New York Critics' Circle in December as
the Best Picture of the Year, and Gregory Peck and
Dorothy McGuire turned in what many critics considered as
some of the best work of their careers. The film was
produced by Darryl Zannuck and directed by Elia Kazan
from a script by Moss Hart.
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