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The following is an overview of 1936 in film, including significant events, a list of films released and notable births and deaths.

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

The top ten 1936 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1936
Rank Title Studio Box office gross rental
1 The Great Ziegfeld Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $3,089,000[1]
2 San Francisco $2,868,000[2]
3 The Plainsman Paramount Pictures $2,278,000[3]
4 After the Thin Man Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $1,992,000[1]
5 Modern Times United Artists $1,800,000[4]
6 Anthony Adverse Warner Bros. $1,783,000[5]
7 Strike Me Pink United Artists/Samuel Goldwyn Productions $1,700,000[4]
8 Rose Marie Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $1,695,000[1]
9 Swing Time RKO Radio Pictures $1,624,000[6]
10 Libeled Lady Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $1,601,000[1]

Events

Academy Awards

Main article: 9th Academy Awards

Top Ten Money Making Stars

Exhibitors selected the following as the Top Ten Money Making Stars of the Year in Quigley Publishing Company's annual poll.[7]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Shirley Temple
2. Clark Gable
3. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
4. Robert Taylor
5. Joe E. Brown
6. Dick Powell
7. Joan Crawford
8. Claudette Colbert
9. Jeanette MacDonald
10. Gary Cooper

Top Western stars

A poll of the top Western stars was also published for the first time.[8]

Rank Actor/Actress
1. Buck Jones
2. George O'Brien
3. Gene Autry
4. William Boyd
5. Ken Maynard
6. Dick Foran
7. John Wayne
8. Tim McCoy
9. Hoot Gibson
10. Buster Crabbe

1936 film releases

United States unless stated.

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Notable films released in 1936

United States unless stated.

0–9

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B

C

D

Kundal Lal Saigal and Jamuna in Devdas, Barua's 1936 Hindi version.

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

R

S

T

W

Y

Serials

Comedy film series

Animated short film series

Births

Deaths

Debuts

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Turk, Edward Baron (1998). Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald. University of California Press. pp. 364-365. ISBN 0-520-21202-9.
  3. ^ "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. October 15, 1990.
  4. ^ a b Finler, Joel Waldo (2003). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. pp. 356–357. ISBN 978-1-903364-66-6.
  5. ^ Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 16 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  6. ^ Richard Jewel (1994) 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931–1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol. 14 No. 1, p.55
  7. ^ "The Biggest Money Making Stars of 1936". Motion Picture Herald. Quigley Publishing Company. January 9, 1937. p. 13. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  8. ^ "Exhibitors Name Biggest Western Draws". Motion Picture Herald. Quigley Publishing Company. January 9, 1937. p. 18. Retrieved April 24, 2018.