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Motion Picture News and Highlights from 1947

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.

Homer Parish (played by Harold Russell) shows his new comrades that he can still dabble at the piano despite having lost both of his hands in the war.
The Best Years of Our Lives

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.
Great Expectations

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.

Robert Young (right) waits for Robert Ryan (center) to explain his presence in the room of a murdered man in Crossfire.

The Italian film Shoeshine Boy was among the best in the year's crop of foreign-language films. It was released in the United States on August 26.
Shoeshine Boy

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 September 13.
Life with Father

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.
Gentleman's Agreement

In the Year 1947

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