30th Academy Awards - 1958

Bridge Over the River Kwai

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Bridge over the river Kwai as seen in the movie of the same name. This image is a screenshot of 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai imdb_id= 0050212 ==Fair use rationale== Though this image is subject to copyright, its use is covered by the U.S. f | Source

30th Academy Awards

What a year! Each of the thirty years of Academy Awards has offered a stellar selection of films and 1958 is no exception. Is there anyone out there who hasn't whistled, at least once, the theme from "The Bridge Over the River Kwai"? What about "April Love"? Surely a tune we Baby Boomers are more than familiar with. Then there's Tammy? Can't you just hear "Tammy's in love" running through your brain?

It wasn't just the music though, the movies are still being played and appreciated by audiences the world over. This was the year Samuel Goldwyn won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and presenters ranged from June Allyson to Paul Newman.

The Awards were again held at the RKO Pantages Theatre, in Hollywood, California and were hosted by Bob Hope along with Rosalind Russell David Niven James Stewart Jack Lemmon Donald Duck (voice of Clarence Nash , by premade animation). What a night that must've been.

Let's take a look at some of the splendid movies of 1957. (Awards are for movies released in the prior year.)

William Holden

Studio publicity photo from "Sabrina".
Studio publicity photo from "Sabrina". | Source

Bridge Over the River Kwai

What an undertaking this movie was. A British-American film based on a French novel! Not a true story but it did rely on the building of the Burma Railway for its factual basis. The movie was filmed in Celyon, which is now known as Sri Lanka. Wikipedia says it is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. It seems war movies, when well done, climb the ladder of success and stay at the top.

Set in WWII this is about a prisoner of war camp set up by the Japanese in Burma. History, and other movies, tell us the Japanese liked to make use of their prisoners. In this camp the prisoners are forced to work on the construction of a railway bridge over the River Kwai. Tension arises between the Japanese Commandant, played by Seusse Hayakawa, and the senior British Officer, Lt. Colonel Nicholson played by Alec Guinness. Colonel Nicholson reminds Colonel Saito that officers do not perform manual labor per the Geneva Convention. Naturally, Colonel Saito has no regard for this provision.

The soldiers decide to sabotage the work they are doing while Saito realizes he needs cooperation. If he does not get the bridge built, by Japanese honor, he will be forced to commit honorable suicide. He decides to release the officers from work. When Nicholson sees the shoddy work the men have been performing he is abhorred. He orders a proper bridge to be designed and built.

If you've ever read any of my Academy Award or movie series you know I don't give away the farm. I want you to watch the movie and enjoy the splendid performances by Hayakawa, Guinness, Peter Williams, William Holden and the rest of the wonderful cast.

This movie won seven Academy Awards:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Writing
  • Best Music
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Cinematography.

It was also nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. If you haven't seen this movie, now's the time.

Bridge Over the River Kwai Theme

Academy Award Nominations

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Bridge on the River Kwai
Alec Guinness - Bridge Over River Kwai
Joanne Woodward - Three Faces of Eve
Sayonara
Marlon Brando - Sayonara
Deborah Kerr - Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Peyton Place
Anthony Franciosa - Hatful of Rain
Anna Magnani - Wild is the Wind
Witness for the Prosecution
Charles Laughton - Witness for the Prosectuion
Elizabeth Taylor - Raintree Country
Twelve Angry Men
Anthony Quinn - Wild is the Wind
Lana Turner - Peyton Place

Joanne Woodward

1960 publicity still.
1960 publicity still. | Source

The Three Faces of Eve

Movies based on true stories always add extra interest. This movie was based on the life of Chris Costner Sizemore, also known as Eve White. She suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorde or as most layman would know it, multiple personality disorder. Though this was the first movie to deal with this disorder it was certainly not the last. You may be familiar with some of the others;

  • Psycho
  • Sybil
  • Raising Cain
  • Fight Club
  • Me, Myself and Irene
  • Secret Widow

To name a few. But, let's get back to "The Three Faces of Eve".

Eve is a wife and mother who suffers from terrible headaches and blackouts. When she finally goes to visit a psychiatrist, a different personality emerges while she is talking to him. From here the movie shows the psychiatrist, Dr. Luther, played by Lee J. Cobb trying to help Eve while dealing with her other personalities. Eve is played by Joanne Woodward who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for this part.

Of course the main twist is none of Eve's three separate personalities are aware of the other. Her "other two" personalities differ greatly from the quiet and retiring Eve.

Movies.tvguide.com writes about this movie, " It's an interesting psychological tale that is not without humor, much of which is supplied by the witty narration of Alistair Cooke." Mentalhealthamerica.net writes, "Despite being tied to its time, the movie handles the illness with intelligence and sympathy."

Certainly different from most Hollywood fare this is a film worth watching.

The Three Faces of Eve

Lana Turner in Peyton Place

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Peyton Place

While not an Academy Award winner this movie was nominated for nine Academy Awards and was the second highest grossing film of 1958. Why would I choose this movie? Let's take a look...what town doesn't have it's secrets? What town doesn't have it's scandals? Well, Peyton Place does and though it is a bit like a soap opera it was a hit movie.

Sex, secrets, and scandals, all in the little town of Peyton Place. Who's the town drunk, the one who commits rape? Who was illegitimate? Who's swimming naked in the lake? Do you get the gist of this small town and it's citizens? "Harper Valley PTA" in the movies.

Stars like Lana Turner, Hope Lang, Lloyd Nolan, Arthur Kennedy, and Russ Tamblyn add a bit of glamour to the myriad of plots woven into this movie. Do you get the feeling I'm not telling you enough? Well I will tell you the murder trial at the end of the movie is a tell all trial. All the deep dark secrets of this little New Hampshire town are revealed.

This film caused quite a stir when it was released, take a look and see what you think, you might be surprised.

Peyton Place Trailer

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More Movies of 1957

Don't limit yourself to the Academy Awards movies. There are many other really good movies from 1957 that the Academy chose not to select or were just outnumbered. Movies like;

  • Paths of Glory
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • An Affair to Remember
  • Funny Face
  • Old Yeller
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • Gunfight at the OK Corral

I think you get the idea. I hope you've enjoyed this hub but more so I hope you enjoy these movies. Please leave a comment and let us know what your favorite movie is for 1957.

"Bringing you movies that are part of your memories."

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Saw them all. This really was an exceptional year for movies, and you covered them perfectly. Now I want to see some of them again, and that is the key to a good review.

Well done Mary, and I'm smiling as I look at the tag at the end. :)


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

And here I always thought bridge over the river kwai was true.

Thanks for bringing attention to great movies that I wish they'd bring back on tv. Maybe they do, but I don't get all channels.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I've seen all of these movies also. I rememer when I was young and my mother hat the book Peyton Place. I got the book to read it when she wasn't home because she did not want me to read it at my age. I was way to young to remember the Grammy awards, but the movies have been played many times. Very interesting hub and I wouldn't mind seeing hese movies again.


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

I was only five years old, and so I'll go with my impressions and tastes at that age.

Old Yeller was my favorite. I cried buckets at the end of the movie for Old Yeller AND for his young master. This one runs parallel with Bambi and The Deerslayer for me.

As ever, my dear Mary, you are head and heels above the rest in your ability to create a compelling movie review. Get the popcorn, watermelon, and soft drinks ready...I'm watching the 1957 movies with ya!

Aloha, my friend, and have a very eventful and memorable week!

~Joe


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Ah "Billy tagline" see what you've started ;) Glad you found my review a good one, these were great movies to do!

We learn something new everyday WND! Hope you get to see some of these soon.

Dear Pam, reading dirty books ;) It certainly was a hot seller. Glad you enjoyed my hub.

Well fellow Baby Boomer, Joe, I've got the popcorn popping! Actually I was going to watch "OZ the Great and Powerful" tonight. If you didn't cry when you watched Old Yeller, you weren't human!! I have no doubt my week will be eventful but I'm not so sure about memorable. (Long story.)


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Write me a personal email if you need an empathetic soul...


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Til, very cool article. I love your niche, learning about entertainment history. You have a vast knowledge for sure. My dad and mom were born in 1958, so I would have to ask my grandma is she remembers any of these. I remember seeing 3:10 to Yuma, the others I can't recall. Awesome as always Til, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. Best to you and have a great day.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks so much lyricwriter. I've said before all those Saturday afternoons in the movies have finally paid off :) Seriously, I've always loved movies and still do. I'm glad I can bring some entertainment to others. Hope you get to watch a few of these great movies.


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. Bridge Over The River Kwai is absolutely one of my favorite war movies ever. I will now be whistling that tune for the next week, thank you :) This movie alone makes 1958 a great year at the movies for me. Now I have to find a copy of the movie so I can watch it again. Have a great week. VU, shared, pinned, etc ......


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I've actually taught my cockatiel the beginning notes of that song so if I'm not whistling it, he is ;) Thanks so much for the votes and great shares. Enjoy.


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brianlokker 3 years ago from Washington DC metro area

I haven't seen either Peyton Place or The Three Faces of Eve, but I love The Bridge on the River Kwai. Time to see it again. You're right about the good war movies: they often do stand the test of time.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Another great hub in this series Mary ; thanks for sharing and I wish you a great day.

Eddy.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I guess today they would call Peyton Place a "chick flick" Brian but yes, Bridge on the River Kwai is tops! Thanks for stopping by.

So good of you to always be here Eddy. Best to you and yours.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Love the Bridge Over the River Kwai, Mary. Sharing this hub!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for reading Michelle but especially for sharing!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

You picked a great year of Academy Awards to review, Mary. Wonderful write up. That tune is really catchy and the movie was truly a classic. I remember seeing it on the big screen when those actors were in their prime. We whistled that tune for weeks afterward. And the Three Faces of Eve - that was another stand out movie. I loved Joanne Woodward in that one.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

Til I always say you really put out the most fun and entertaining hubs bar none.. I was reading this a few hours ago and for got to comment.. I kept flipping up and down and then when I finished I clicked away without leaving a thank you.. so here goes.. thank you


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Each year has its great films Peg and yes, this one was truly great. The tune and movie are standouts. Joanne Woodward is certainly a class act.

Ah Frank, nice way to make my day. To think you keep reading ;) You are most welcome.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Mary;

All of the town’s secrets divulged in Peyton Place …some things never change. :-) Didn’t Ryan O’Neil and Mia Farrow star in a series with the same name after this movie was released?

‘Kwai’ was an amazing film; superb in every way. I am surprised to learn that ‘An Affair to Remember’ wasn’t nominated. I still watch this film, occasionally, and I still love it; it always makes me weep. “If it had to happen to one of us, why did it have to be you?” (I am an incurable romantic.)

Kudos for separating fact from fiction regarding Kwai – just excellent, Mary.

Voted Up +++. :-)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I really love it when I see your name in my comments Genna because I always enjoy your comments. You are right about the TV series. It ran from 1964 to 1969. It played twice a week, then three times a week, then back to once a week.

Oh me too...incurable romantic. I watch "Remember" over and over and still cry too!

Thanks for the votes my friend.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Dear Mary,

What an excellent year for some of the best of the best movies ever! I did not realize that about the "Bridge over the River Kwai" and how interesting! "The Three Faces of Eve" just fascinates me, and I want to watch it again. I remember growing up and watching a television series of "Peyton Place" but never I have never seen the movie.

Aw, I really loved "Old Yeller" as it reminds me of my yellow lab, who only had three legs and he was our childhood pet our throughout our childhood. He just arrived at our house and stayed, and he appeared to be grown already with just the three legs.

Mary, this one is my favorite year so far, I believe, as there are many favorites, but this one seemed to draw me in and bring back a lot of memories growing up.

I love how you include the clips, which add much interest and remind us just how great all of these movies are indeed!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Faith, you have brought more insight into this year through your comment. Your three legged lab must've been amazing and was truly a gift at your doorstep. Glad you enjoyed the clips as well.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

tillsontitan, this Academy Awards series of yours is thoroughly research and presented by you. Stellar hubs! I am going to make time to find and watch (at least) The Three Faces of Eve.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi, great films. I do remember the Three Faces of Eve, but for some reason I thought it was betty davis, must be my memory! lol!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Martie. Trying to catch up on my hub writing made this one my first choice. I love the movies and I love writing about them. Hope you get to watch The Three Faces of Eve.

Funny you should say that Nell, I always get it confused as well. Guess we're on the same plane ;)


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Since 2957 is my birth year, I found this particularly interesting, to know how the Academy Awards played out. I saw many of these movies.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Always nice to know what was going on the year you were born. Glad you enjoyed aviannovice.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Saw many of these features. Brings back a lot of memories during a happier and healthier time in the U.S.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Isn't that the truth Carol! Thanks for stopping by.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

You are so right, Mary. These great movies are a large part of our pleasant memories. My favorite films for that year are 'Peyton Place,' 'Bridge over the River Kwai,' and 'The Three Faces of Eve." Stupendous, wondrous, marvelous movies. Thanks for the rerun, m'dear.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

You are most welcome drbj....always fun to watch the old movies. Thanks for stopping by.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I am going to have to get An Affair to Remember from the library soon. I have heard so much about this movie and I am curious. I haven't watched the Academy Awards in years, but I may have to catch it this time around.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

If you like tear jerkers Teaches, you'll love "Affair". One of three movies Grant and Kerr made together but probably the most well known of them all.


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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

Great hub! I almost got to go the awards one year. I used to be the secretary to the President of Universal Studios and a young producer I was dating got an invite. Sadly, he was unable to secure a ticket for me!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Darn, you came so close. However, I'm sure you have lots of other stories to tell being the Universal President's secretary!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I have always wanted to watch Bridge Over the River Kwai. Now that you have written about this, I will get a DVD. Thanks for another great article on Academy Awards series.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I'm sure you'll enjoy it Vinaya. It's a great movie and it is very well done. All of the actors play their parts perfectly.

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