We are far back into film history now. We’re talking about the world of film in 1945. Basically every film was in black and white. World War II was still going on. As a film fan, though, I’m really enjoying this adventure. I know a bit about 1945 movies. I studied film in my youth. I am interesting in film history. And yet, I’m still learning, and I’m still finding out about the way the world of movies was shaped decades ago.
The top-grossing film of 1945 was The Bells of St Mary’s. I have never seen it, but I’ve heard of it. It’s from a time when they seemed to make a lot of movies about priests and nuns. Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman starred in it. Crosby was actually the biggest money maker of 1945, edging out Gary Cooper and Bob Hope. I bet Hope and Crosby made one of their travel comedies in 1945. I’ll check back in on that.
The only two films from the top 10 of 1945 I am familiar with are Spellbound, a Alfred Hitchcock film, and The Lost Weekend. The Lost Weekend also dominated the Oscars. It won Best Picture, Best Director, and Ray Milland won Best Actor. Joan Crawford won an Oscar for Best Actress for Mildred Pierce. I have seen that movie. It’s quite good. Eve Arden is really good in it, and then she became one of the first sitcom stars in Our Miss Brooks, which holds up way better than a show from the ‘50s should.
This is so long ago that this is the year Elizabeth Taylor starred in National Velvet when she was 12. They released the second Lassie movie. This was when short films were often aired before major releases. One of those short film was called The Friendly Ghost and, yes, introduced the world to Casper.
Apparently there wasn’t a Crosby and Hope road movie this year. That’s a surprise. In truth, I have talked about all the prominent movies of 1945 thus far. There weren’t any real major debuts either. I mean, Betty White did make her film debut, but she’s not really a movie person. She’s a TV legend.
Maybe the biggest thing of note is that a dog named Terry died in 1945. She was famous for her work in a little film called The Wizard of Oz. Yes, we lost Toto in 1945. R.I.P. to a legend.