Cinema: Facts of Life, 1944

Some facts about 1944 movie tastes, as registered at the nation's box-offices: ¶A popular star does not insure a popular picture. For all its lofty theme and fancy publicity buildup, Madame Curie (starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon) was the worst flop of the year. Runners-up: The Purple Heart, Lifeboat, Flesh and Fantasy, Jane Eyre. ¶Going My Way, an unpretentious story of two Catholic priests produced on a low budget and given relatively little publicity, is one of the greatest box-office smashes in a decade. Runners-up this year: The Song of...

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