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December 2006, Week 4


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Prof Steven P Hill <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 22 Dec 2006 00:56:11 -0600
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Dear colleagues & Mr Fish,

For a few decades there was a periodical entitled "Fame," which ranked 
US films according to their box office returns.  One might question 
whether Fame's results were in any sense scientific, but perhaps that 
data was no worse than that available from other publications of the 

I think "Fame" was still in existence in the 1950s, and I'm sure it was 
being published as far back as the 1930s. For anything precise, one 
would need to find issues of "Fame" itself...
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Footnote (apologies if I mentioned this before).  After my 2 articles 
ranking US directors statistically (for "artistic" and "popular" success
in the sound era), were published in "Films in Review" (1960 & 1961), 
I offered to then editor Henry Hart a possible third installment, which 
Mr Hart turned down. That 3d installment would have statistically ranked 
US directors for "box office" success, with my stats to be derived from 
the annual box office numbers that had been published in "Fame."  (My 
first 2 installments were derived from "Nat. Board of Review/Films in 
Review" and from "Film Daily Yearbook," respectively.)
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Good hunting,
Steven P Hill,
University of Illinois.
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Date: Fri 22 Dec 00:00:39 CST 2006
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 1. 1950s Box Office Scores

Date:    Thu, 21 Dec 2006 14:39:18 -0800
From:    Adam Fish <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 1950s Box Office Scores

A simple question somebody will easily answer:
Where can I find the top ten films (in terms of box office income) for
each year of the 1950s?

Adam Fish
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