1936 in Film
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1936 in Film

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

Highest-grossing films of 1936
Rank Title Studio Worldwide Rentals
1 San Francisco MGM $5,273,000[1]
2 The Great Ziegfeld MGM $4,673,000[1]
3 Rose Marie MGM $3,515,000[1]
4 These Three United Artists
5 Camille MGM $2,842,000[1]
6 Libeled Lady MGM $2,723,000[1]
7 Three Smart Girls Universal Pictures
8 Anthony Adverse Warner Bros. $2,750,000[2]
9 The Charge of the Light Brigade Warner Bros. $2,736,000[2]
10 Follow the Fleet RKO $2,707,000[3]
11 Swing Time RKO $2,618,000[3]
12 Romeo and Juliet MGM $2,075,000[1]

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.[4]

Top Western stars

A poll of the top Western stars was also published for the first time.[5]

1936 film releases

United States unless stated.





Notable films released in 1936

United States unless stated.




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




Comedy film series

Animated short film series





  1. ^ a b c d e f The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ a b Glancy, H Mark (1995). "Warner Bros Film Grosses, 1921-51: the William Schaefer ledger". Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television. 15.
  3. ^ a b Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994
  4. ^ "The Biggest Money Making Stars of 1936". Motion Picture Herald. Quigley Publishing Company. January 9, 1937. p. 13. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Exhibitors Name Biggest Western Draws". Motion Picture Herald. Quigley Publishing Company. January 9, 1937. p. 18. Retrieved 2018.

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