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1952 - one opinion

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Top 10 movies

1. Singin’ in the Rain
2. High Noon
3. Bad and the Beautiful, The
4. Sudden Fear
5. 5 Fingers
6. Come Back, Little Sheba
7. Limelight
8. Narrow Margin, The
9. Pat and Mike
10. Clash by Night

Best Actor: Kirk Douglas (The Bad and the Beautiful)
Best Actress: Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba)
Supporting Actor: Charles Laughton (O. Henry’s Full House)
Supporting Actress: Jean Hagen (Singin’ in the Rain)

Note: I included Lavender Hill Mob with 1952 due to Academy eligibility; but not Umberto D for same reason.

Titles watched: 114
TV watched: 14 shows, 85 episodes.

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Joan Crawford was afraid of Jack Palance; John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara found love in Ireland; Yolande Donlan had her first taste of schneese in Lampidorra; Gary Cooper had an appointment at 12; and Julie Harris wanted to stop a wedding.

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My list:
1. EUROPA ’51 (Italian neorealist spiritual drama)
2. THE QUIET MAN (romantic comedy drama)
3. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (musical comedy)
4. SUDDEN FEAR (noir melodrama)
5. THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (literary adaptation)
6. COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA (drama)
7. LIMELIGHT (comedy drama)
8. CASQUE D’OR (French crime drama)
9. KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (noir)
10. SCARAMOUCHE (swashbuckler)

Honorable Mentions:
THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (show biz drama)
CARRIE (literary adaptation)
CLASH BY NIGHT (drama)
DIPLOMATIC COURIER (spy drama)
FACE TO FACE (anthology)
5 FINGERS (spy drama)
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN (biographical musical)
THE HAPPY TIME (literary adaptation)
HIGH NOON (western)
I CONFESS (psychological thriller)
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (British romantic comedy)
IVANHOE (literary adaptation)
THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING (coming of age drama)
MONKEY BUSINESS (screwball comedy)
MY COUSIN RACHEL (literary adaptation)
MY SON JOHN (social message spy drama)
THE NARROW MARGIN (noir)
PAT AND MIKE (sports comedy)
PENNY PRINCESS (British comedy)
THE PRISONER OF ZENDA (literary adaptation)
LE PLAISIR (French anthology)
RANCHO NOTORIOUS (western)
SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR (social message drama)
VIVA ZAPATA! (biographical drama)
WE’RE NOT MARRIED! (anthology)

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My choices for best acting:

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Ingrid Bergman for EUROPA '51
Jean Hagen for SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
Kurt Kasznar for THE HAPPY TIME
Charlie Chaplin for LIMELIGHT

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I can't keep up the with the Academy's rules for foreign films. Forbidden Games and Umberto D. would be in the top three, and I could probably find places for Ikiru and The Life of Oharu. However, here's what the English-language list might look like (kind of like dagoldenage's picks):

Singin' in the Rain

The Bad and the Beautiful

High Noon

Viva Zapata!

The Long Memory

The Big Sky

The Lusty Men

Angel Face

The Narrow Margin

5 Fingers

Best Actor: Gene Kelly, Singin' in the Rain

Best Actress: Shirley Booth, Come Back, Little Sheba

Best Supporting Actor: David Wayne, O. Henry's Full House

Best Supporting Actress: Jean Peters, O. Henry's Full House

 

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Best Picture-Narrow Margin

Actor-Gary Cooper in High Noon

Actress-Shirley Booth in Come Back Little Sheba

Supp Actor-Dick Powell in The Bad And The Beautiful

Supp Actress-Marie Windsor in Narrow Margin

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Inviting all opinionated posters (that's us!) to join in dagoldenage's review of 1952's best.

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1952  -  118 movies seen

  1. Ikiru
  2. Umberto D.
  3. High Noon
  4. Forbidden Games
  5. Five Fingers
  6. The Quiet Man
  7. Singin' in the Rain
  8. Moulin Rouge
  9. Viva Zapata!
  10. Don't Bother to Knock

Runner-ups: The Narrow MarginThe Marrying KindCarrieBend of the River

  • Best Actor: Takashi Shimura, Ikira
  • Best Actress: Jean Simmons, Angel Face
  • Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Quinn, Viva Zapata!
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jean Hagen, Singin' in the Rain
  • Best Juvenile Performance: Brigitte Fossey, Forbidden Games
  • Best Director: Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru

Worst film of 1952: Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

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Rats, how did I forget Moulin Rouge? Excellent cinematography by Oswald Morris.

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1952 -- Films seen: 49

1. Singin' in the Rain
2 The Narrow Margin
3 The Holly and the Ivy
4 Come Back Little Sheba
5 Monkey Business
6 Carrie
7 The Importance of Being Earnest
8 The Happy Time
9 Limelight
10 The Lusty Men

HMs: Deadline USA, High Noon, Ivanhoe, My Cousin Rachel, The Bad and the Beautiful, O Henry's Full House, Room for One More, Phone Call from a Stranger, Macao, Moulin Rouge, Dreamboat, The Quiet Man, Pat and Mike, Umberto D, Million Dollar Mermaid, Scaramouche

Actor:  Lawrence Olivier/Carrie
Actress: Shirley Booth/Come Back Little Sheba
Supporting Actor: Donald O'Connor/Singin' in the Rain
Supporting Actress: Jean Hagen/Singin' in the Rain

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4 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:

1952 -- Films seen: 49

1. Singin' in the Rain
2 The Narrow Margin
3 The Holly and the Ivy
4 Come Back Little Sheba
5 Monkey Business
6 Carrie
7 The Importance of Being Earnest
8 The Happy Time
9 Limelight
10 The Lusty Men

HMs: Deadline USA, High Noon, Ivanhoe, My Cousin Rachel, The Bad and the Beautiful, O Henry's Full House, Room for One More, Phone Call from a Stranger, Macao, Moulin Rouge, Dreamboat, The Quiet Man, Pat and Mike, Umberto D, Million Dollar Mermaid, Scaramouche

Actor:  Lawrence Olivier/Carrie
Actress: Shirley Booth/Come Back Little Sheba
Supporting Actor: Donald O'Connor/Singin' in the Rain
Supporting Actress: Jean Hagen/Singin' in the Rain

Nice to see CARRIE mentioned...and I agree, Olivier does give a fine performance in it. 

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The 10 Best Films of 1952:

Angel Face (Otto Preminger, USA)
Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, Japan)
The Quiet Man (John Ford, USA)
Forbidden Games (Rene Clement, France)
Singin' in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, USA)
Europa '51 (Roberto Rossellini, Italy)
The Bad and the Beautiful (Vincente Minelli, USA)
The Big Sky (Howard Hawks, USA)
High Noon (Fred Zinneman, USA)
10 Cry, the Beloved Country (Zoltan Korda, UK)

 

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Had 28 voters online and in person. 

Results:


Top 10 movies


 

1. Singin’ in the Rain – Not Nominated

2. High Noon

3. Bad and the Beautiful, The

4. Ikiru - Japan

5. Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits) – France

6. 5 Fingers

7. Sudden Fear

8. Quiet Man, The

9. Narrow Margin, The

10. Life of Oharu, The (Saikaku ichidai onna) – Japan

 

Best Actor: Kirk Douglas (The Bad and the Beautiful)

Best Actress: Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba) - Actual Winner

Supporting Actor: Donald O’Connor (Singin’ in the Rain) – Not Nominated

Supporting Actress: Jean Hagen (Singin’ in the Rain)

 

Titles with votes: 58

Titles I watched: 114

Television shows watched: total shows 14; total episodes 85

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Well, six of the 10 films I picked are on the overall top 10. I'd like to say that's some sort of validation of my amazing taste, but it probably just means I tend to fall in with the mainstream opinion. I've probably mostly watched only the most celebrated and acclaimed films from that year, anyway, so nothing I picked was probably very obscure.

I would like to add Narrow Margin is a terrific film, and I may not have given it enough consideration when making my list. I don't know that it would kick out anything I selected, but I would probably make it my No. 11!

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3 minutes ago, sewhite2000 said:

Well, six of the 10 films I picked are on the overall top 10. I'd like to say that's some sort of validation of my amazing taste, but it probably just means I tend to fall in with the mainstream opinion. I've probably mostly watched only the most celebrated and acclaimed films from that year, anyway, so nothing I picked was probably very obscure.

I would like to add Narrow Margin is a terrific film, and I may not have given it enough consideration when making my list. I don't know that it would kick out anything I selected, but I would probably make it my No. 11!

You could always do a "tie" for number 10. :) 

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