The best films year by year – PT 2 (1945 – 52)

 

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1945    OSCAR:         THE LOST WEEKEND

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Other nominees:    Anchors Aweigh

The Bells of St. Mary’s

Mildred Pierce

Spellbound

 

My Top 10 films for 1945

 

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Image result for LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN 1946 movie  #2

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Image result for A WALK IN THE SUN 1946 movie #6

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Image result for THE STORY OF GI JOE 1946 movie #8

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Image result for PRIDE OF THE MARINES 1946 movie #10

 

COMMENTS:           This was one of the worst years for movies on record. I can honestly say that there is not a single feature from 1945 that I would count in my top 50 films of all time, perhaps not even in my top 100. Mildred Pierce and Leave Her to Heaven were the best of a bad lot. The Oscar-winner, The Lost Weekend, was not my cup of tea at all.

 

1946    OSCAR:         THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

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Other nominees:     Henry V

It’s a Wonderful Life

The Razor’s Edge

The Yearling

 

My Top 10 films for 1946 – 

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Image result for NOTORIOUS 1946 movie  #2

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Image result for SONG OF THE SOUTH 1946 movie  #4

Image result for THE KILLERS 1946 movie  #5

Image result for CANYON PASSAGE 1946 movie  #6

Image result for THE BLUE DAHLIA 1946 movie  #7

Image result for ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM 1946 movie  #8

Image result for THE BIG SLEEP 1946 movie  #9

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COMMENTS:           As you can see, my assessment of the best films of 1946 varies considerably from that of the Academy experts. I cannot abide Shakespeare; Jimmy Stewart is just plain annoying in It’s a Wonderful Life; The Razor’s Edge was a whole lot about nothing, and The Yearling was a quaint family show, nothing more. The Oscar-winning The Best Years of our Lives is a fine movie, but I prefer both Notorious and The Postman Always Rings Twice. Disney’s enchanting Song of the South has more or less been consigned to the ‘politically incorrect’ trash-can these days, which is truly a great pity.

 

1947    OSCAR:           GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT

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Other nominees:       The Bishop’s Wife

Crossfire

Great Expectations

Miracle on 34th Street

 

My Top 10 films of 1947 

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Image result for DESERT FURY 1947 movie  #2

Image result for CROSSFIRE 1947 movie  #3

Image result for KISS OF DEATH 1947 movie  #4

Image result for OUT OF THE PAST 1947 movie  #5

Image result for THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR 1947 movie  #6

Image result for PURSUED 1947 movie #7

Image result for GREEN DOLPHIN STREET 1947 movie  #8

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COMMENTS:           Another poor year. Reluctantly, I chose Gentleman’s Agreement as Best Picture (same as the Academy members), but only because there was not a lot to choose from. The other anti-Semitism picture made in 1947 (although it was initially an anti-homosexual film), was an excellently acted, beautifully written film noir named Crossfire. Unfortunately, it was rushed into release to beat Gentleman’s Agreement into the theatres, so it was shot in film noir. Subsequently, the damn thing seems to be in perpetual darkness and is a disappointment visually, otherwise it gets my BP nod for the year.

 

1948    OSCAR:           HAMLET

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Other nominees:       Johnny Belinda

The Red Shoes

The Snake Pit

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

My Top 10 films of 1948 

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Image result for THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE 1948 movie  #4

Image result for EASTER PARADE 1948 movie  #5

Image result for CALL NORTHSIDE 777 1948 movie  #6

Image result for THE PALEFACE 1948 movie  #7

Image result for JOHNNY BELINDA 1948 movie  #8

Image result for ONE TOUCH OF VENUS 1948 movie  #9

 Image result for WHISPERING SMITH 1948 movie  #10

COMMENTS:           There have been three westerns that deserved to win Best Picture in the history of the Academy Awards – and two of them starred John Wayne, and none of the three was even nominated. I refer to Red River in 1948 and The Searchers in 1956. And Broken Lance in 1954. The Academy members (as usual) fell over themselves to vote for the Shakespearian entry Hamlet, just so the outside world would appreciate that deep down they were all very literate and sophisticated, or something.

 

1949    OSCAR:            ALL THE KINGS MEN

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Other nominees:       Battleground

The Heiress

A Letter to Three Wives

Twelve O’clock High

 

My Top 10 films of 1949 

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Image result for SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON 1949 movie  #2

Image result for EAST SIDE WEST SIDE 1949 movie  #3

Image result for BATTLEGROUND 1949 movie  #4

Image result for SANDS OF IWO JIMA 1949 movie  #5

Image result for DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS 1949 movie #6

Image result for LITTLE WOMEN 1949 movie#7

Image result for ADAM'S RIB 1949 movie  #8

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Image result for THE HASTY HEART 1949 movie  #10

COMMENTS:           I felt Twelve O’clock High was a far better film than the Oscar-winner All the King’s Men, and that Gregory Peck deserved the Best Actor gong more than Broderick Crawford. Once again the Academy got it all wrong with John Wayne. He was terrific as the aging Captain Nathan Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, so naturally they nominated him for his so-so performance in Sands of Iwo Jima. The cinematography in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon was spectacular and richly deserved the AA it received.

 

1950    OSCAR:           ALL ABOUT EVE

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Other nominees:       Born Yesterday

Father of the Bride

King Solomon’s Mines

Sunset Boulevard

 

My Top 10 films of 1950 

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Image result for THE ASPHALT JUNGLE 1950 movie  #2

Image result for SUNSET BOULEVARD 1950 movie  #3

Image result for RIO GRANDE 1950 movie  #4

Image result for BORN YESTERDAY 1950 movie  #5

Image result for D O A 1950 movie  #6

Image result for PANIC IN THE STREETS 1950 movie  #7

Image result for WINCHESTER '73 1950 movie  #8

Image result for CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 1950 movie  #9

Image result for KING SOLOMON'S MINES 1950 movie  #10

COMMENTS:           It was not too difficult to agree on All about Eve being the Best Picture of 1950. It is a brilliant piece of movie-making, the only flat spot being the rather long-winded monologue from Eve at the beginning. Once that is out of the way the story zooms along on the coat-tails of a marvelous script and some beautifully written characters. And the acting is sublime. The Asphalt Jungle and Sunset Boulevard were very impressive also.

 

1951    OSCAR:            AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

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Other nominees:       Decision before Dawn

A Place in the Sun

Quo Vadis

A Streetcar Named Desire

 

My Top 10 films of 1951 

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Image result for A PLACE IN THE SUN 1951 movie  #2

Image result for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 1951 movie  #3

Image result for QUO VADIS 1951 movie  #4

Image result for DETECTIVE STORY 1951 movie  #5

Image result for THE DESERT FOX 1951 movie  #6

Image result for THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE 1951 movie  #7

Image result for WESTWARD THE WOMEN 1951 movie  #8

Image result for ON MOONLIGHT BAY 1951 movie  #9

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COMMENTS:           The biggest anomaly of 1951 was the omission of The African Queen from the list of nominees. Fox studio and Darryl Zanuck somehow wheedled the minor film Decision before Dawn into the list in its stead. The good result was the failure of the super over-rated A Streetcar Named Desire to take off the Best Picture Oscar. No doubt the entire acting fraternity thought it would, given how most of them would kill their grandmothers for an opportunity to be in the thing. Mind you, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter all picked up Oscars for their roles in it – and Brando missed out. Good old Humphrey knocked him off for The African Queen. If ever a performance deserved a Supporting Actress nomination it was Patricia Laffan’s masterfully sexy, sly, plotting interpretation of Nero’s second wife Poppaea in Quo Vadis? So, of course, she did not get one.

 

1952    OSCAR:            THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

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Other nominees:       High Noon

Ivanhoe

Moulin Rouge

The Quiet Man

 

Mt Top 10 films of 1952 

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Image result for FIVE FINGERS 1952 movie  #2

Image result for SCARAMOUCHE 1952 movie  #3

Image result for VIVA ZAPATA! 1952 movie  #4

Image result for BEND OF THE RIVER 1952 movie  #5

Image result for THE QUIET MAN 1952 movie  #6

Image result for THE NARROW MARGIN 1952 movie  #7

Image result for THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL 1952 movie  #8

Image result for KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL 1952 movie  #9

Image result for IVANHOE 1952 movie  #10

COMMENTS:           There was a host of exceptional movies churned out in 1952, yet the unbelievably dull The Greatest Show on Earth was chosen as the best! It is beyond belief. The first five on my list were all terrific and not one of them was nominated. Incredibly, what most people consider to be the best musical ever made could not even get itself nominated, while the worst circus picture in living memory not only is nominated, it wins the prize.

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