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BRITISH STARS OUST BING
I ONDON, December 30 *-' (Special). — Britain's Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding drew more people to British
cinemas in 1949 than stars of any other nationality. Thai is the judgment of an exhibitors' poll run by the publication Motion Picture Herald, based on actual tak ings in nearly all cinemas throughout Britain.
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The result is considered apt comment on suggestions that the British cannot make successful pictures. Anna Neagle and Michael j Wilding who are the first British stars to lead in the 14 years that the poll has been taken, pushed Bing Crosby from the top. The poll's list of interna tional stars is: Anna Neagle, Michael WildinK. Bob Hope, Danny Kayo, Bing Crosby, Jane Wyinan, Alan Ladd, John Mills, Jean Simmons, and Betty Grable.
10 best filing j The 10 films taking the most money in Britain were: 'The Third Man' (British), 'Johnny Belinda,' 'Maytime In Mayfalr' (British), 'Scott of the Antarctic' (British), 'Pale Face,' 'Ea-ster Parade,' 'Blue Lagoon' (British), 'Red River.' 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' 'The Hasty Heart' (British). Popular British stars be sides those already mentioned appearing In British films are: Margaret Lockwood. Richard Attenborough, Stew art Granger, Michael Deni son. David Farrar, and Jack Warner. American moneymakers be sides the above-mentioned are : Abbott and Costello. John Wayne, Gary Cooper. Cary Grant. Esther Williams. Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gahle. British film production plans revealed to-day sur prisingly disclose that, des pite the film Industry crisis, 1950 will be one of the best years in the industry's hls torv.
Production schedules now completed by nil but a hand ful of studios show that - 44 new Brlti'-n films are plan ned for the yenr. The figure may be upwards of CO when the remaining in iependent producers an nounce their plans. . BOB HOPE No. 1 IN U.S. NEW YORK, December 30 (A.4.P.) ? Bob Hop,- ha* been roted lop box office nfnr of 1949 in a poll of United State* film exhibi tor* conducted r#r the trade magazine. Motion Picture Uernld. I Hope defeated his friend and nartner Blng Crosby, who hnd held first place for flv successive years. Runners-up were the Bud Abbott — Lou Costello team, John Wayne, Oarv Cooper. Cnrv Grant. Bettv Grable. Fslhof Williams. Humohrey Bo?nrt, and Clark Gable. Although she was among the leading 10 in the nrevious three vears. Timrld Bergman was not. nam^d in the first 25 selections this year.