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1951 - one opinion


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Top 10 movies

1. Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
2. Strangers on a Train
3. African Queen, The
4. Streetcar Named Desire, A
5. American in Paris, An
6. Detective Story
7. Enforcer, The
8. Place in the Sun, A
9. Kind Lady
10. Ace in the Hole (Big Carnival, The)

Best Actor: Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen)
Best Actress: Vivien Leigh (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Supporting Actor: Karl Malden (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Supporting Actress: Barbara Bel Geddes (Fourteen Hours)

Titles watched: 126

Note: I did not include Lavender Hill Mob because it was Oscar eligible the following year.

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1951        (138 titles seen)

  1. The Thing from Another World
  2. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  3. Strangers on a Train
  4. Othello
  5. Ace in the Hole
  6. Detective Story
  7. A Streetcar Named Desire
  8. A Place in the Sun
  9. When Worlds Collide
  10. The African Queen

Runner-ups: Decision Before DawnA Christmas CarolThe IdiotDer VerloreneCome Fill the CupBright Victory, and Diary of a Country Priest.


  • Best Actor: Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Best Actress: Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Best Supporting Actor: Peter Ustinov, Quo Vadis
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lee Grant, Detective Story
  • Best Director: Orson Welles, Othello
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Robert Walker wanted to trade murders with Farley Granger; Claudette Colbert said a few prayers for Ann Blyth; Ray Milland's house burned down; a prowler lurked outside Evelyn Keyes' home; Audie Murphy went to hell and back in the Civil War; and the men in white came for Vivien Leigh.




My list:
1. I’D CLIMB THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN (biographical drama)
2. THE BROWNING VERSION (British drama)
3. THE RIVER (French-Indian literary adaptation)
4. A PLACE IN THE SUN (crime drama)
6. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (psychological crime thriller)
7. THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE (literary adaptation)
8. THE LAVENDER HILL MOB (British crime comedy)
9. ACE IN THE HOLE (noir)
10. THUNDER ON THE HILL (mystery drama)

Notable Performers: 

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Best Actress: Ethel Barrymore for KIND LADY
Supporting Actress: Ann Blyth for THUNDER ON THE HILL

Best Actor: Alastair Sim for A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Supporting Actor: Robert Walker for STRANGERS ON A TRAIN

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13 minutes ago, dagoldenage said:


Glad to see your choice of Alastair Sim. I definitely think he should have been nominated for Best Actor. Also, Kirk Douglas for Detective Story.

Thanks. Yes, he deserved a nomination at least.

I like your choice of Barbara Bel Geddes for supporting actress. FOURTEEN HOURS is excellent. Agnes Moorehead also did a fine job in that movie.

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1. Quo Vadis

2. Strangers on a Train

3. A Streetcar Named Desire

4. The African Queen

5. Show Boat

6. On Dangerous Ground

7. The Day the Earth Stood Still

8. An American in Paris

9. The Mating Season

10. A Christmas Carol

HMs: Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, The Browning Version, A Place in the Sun, Follow the Sun, The Great Caruso, On Moonlight Bay, The Model and the Marriage Broker, Callaway Went Thataway, His Kind of Woman, Payment on Demand, Alice in Wonderland


1. Robert Walker/Strangers on a Train

2. Michael Redgrave/The Browning Version

3. Robert Ryan/On Dangerous Ground

4. Humphrey Bogart/The African Queen

5. Michael Rennie/The Day the Earth Stood Still


1. Vivien Leigh/A Streetcar Named Desire

2. Thelma Ritter/The Mating Season

3. Ida Lupino/On Dangerous Ground

4. Katharine Hepburn/The African Queen

5. Thelma Ritter/The Model and the Marriage Broker

Supporting Actor

1. Vincent Price/His Kind of Woman

2. Peter Ustinov/Quo Vadis

3. Karl Malden/A Streetcar Named Desire

4. Oscar Levant/An American in Paris

5. Leo Genn/Quo Vadis

Supporting Actress

1. Ava Gardner/Show Boat

2. Kim Hunter/A Streetcar Named Desire

3. Mary Wickes/On Moonlight Bay

4. Shelley Winters/A Place in the Sun

5. Patricia Laffen/Quo Vadis

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Had 16 votes online and in person. Results:

Top 10 movies

1. Streetcar Named Desire, A
2. Strangers on a Train
3. Ace in the Hole (Big Carnival, The)
4. African Queen, The
5. Detective Story
6. American in Paris, An - Actual Winner
7. Scrooge (A Christmas Carol)
8. Day the Earth Stood Still, The
9. Place in the Sun, A
10. Thing From Another World, The

Best Actor: Tie, Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen) - Actual Winner and Marlon Brando (A Streetcar Named Desire)
Best Actress: Vivien Leigh (A Streetcar Named Desire) - Actual Winner
Supporting Actor: Robert Walker (Strangers on a Train) – Not Nominated
Supporting Actress: Tie, Shelley Winters (A Place in the Sun) and Jan Sterling (Ace in the Hole) – Neither Nominated

Titles with votes: 51
Titles I watched: 127

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Top 10:

Cry, the Beloved Country

Strangers on a Train

Westward the Women

Decision Before Dawn

The African Queen

On Dangerous Ground

The Prowler

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

The Browning Version

An American in Paris

Best Color Cinematography: Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Best Black & White Cinematography: Othello

Best Supporting Actor: Oskar Werner, Decision Before Dawn

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Collinge, Teresa (or Hildegard Knef, Decision Before Dawn)

Best Actress: Ida Lupino, On Dangerous Ground. But Vivien Leigh, A Streetcar Named Desire; Katharine Hepburn, The African Queen; Thelma Ritter, The Model and the Marriage Broker; and Pier Angeli, Teresa are also worthy of the top award.

Best Actor: Robert Ryan, On Dangerous Ground. This may be the best year ever for leading male performances, although 1962 is also great. In addition to Robert Ryan, there are Alastair Sim, A Christmas Carol; Robert Walker, Strangers on a Train; Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire; Montgomery Clift, A Place in the Sun; Michael Redgrave, The Browning Version; John Garfield, He Ran All the Way; Kirk Douglas, Ace in the Hole; Canada Lee, Cry, the Beloved Country; and Humphrey Bogart, The African Queen. To my mind, this makes ten actors who would have been deserving winners in most years.

Among films that may not have been mentioned yet, I'm also fond of He Ran All the Way, The Steel Helmet, The Tall Target, Show Boat, and Teresa.


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