Want to know the best Betty Grable movies? How about the worst Betty Grable movies? Curious about Betty Grable box office grosses or which Betty Grable movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Betty Grable movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.
Betty Grable (1916-1973) was the number one pin-up girl of World War II. The popularity of her pin-ups helped her become a Top Ten Box Office attraction for ten (1942-1951) straight years! Her IMDb page shows 84 acting credits from 1929-1958. This page will rank 32 Betty Grable movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Everyone of her movies from 1940 to 1956 are included in the rankings. Most of her pre-1940s were not included in the rankings…but why? Most were either uncredited, small bit parts or movies produced by Paramount. Paramount is by far the worst studio when it comes to finding out box office grosses from the 1930s.
Drivel Part of the Page: When Dan sent us a request to do a Betty Grable page….we have to admit we knew almost nothing about her career. After doing lots of research on her career for this page…we have a new found respect for her awesome movie career. Her box office numbers are some of the greatest ever for any actress. So thanks Dan for helping us see the light…hope you enjoy your requested Grable page.
Betty Grable Movies Can Be Ranked 6 Ways In This Table
The really cool thing about this table is that it is “user-sortable”. Rank the movies anyway you want.
- Sort Betty Grable movies by co-stars of her movies
- Sort Betty Grable movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
- Sort Betty Grable movies by yearly domestic box office rank
- Sort Betty Grable movies by how they were received by critics and audiences. 60% rating or higher should indicate a good movie.
- Sort by how many Oscar® nominations and how many Oscar® wins each Betty Grable movie received.
- Sort Betty Grable movies by Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score. UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
- Use the sort and search box to make this table very interactive. For example if you type in “Hope” in the search box….the 2 Bob Hope/Betty Grable movies will pop right up.
|Rank||Alpha||UMR Co-Star Links||Adjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)||Box Office Rank by Year||Critic Audience Rating||Oscar Nom / Win||UMR Score|
|How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)||Marilyn Monroe & William Powell||$310.80||4th of 1953||80.33%||01 / 00||69.16|
|Mother Wore Tights (1947)||Dan Dailey||$252.50||14th of 1947||64.50%||03 / 01||63.12|
|Diamond Horseshoe (1945)||Phil Silvers||$206.60||30th of 1945||65.50%||00 / 00||61.78|
|Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)||Robert Young & Adolphe Menjou||$273.00||14th of 1943||65.50%||00 / 00||61.78|
|Coney Island (1943)||George Montgomery||$281.00||11th of 1943||64.00%||01 / 00||61.48|
|Follow the Fleet (1936)||Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers||$172.20||16th of 1936||74.00%||00 / 00||61.47|
|Dolly Sisters, The (1945)||John Payne & June Haver||$272.20||13th of 1945||63.50%||00 / 00||60.84|
|When My Baby Smiles at Me (1948)||Dan Dailey||$188.60||12th of 1948||62.50%||02 / 00||59.41|
|Springtime in the Rockies (1942)||John Payne||$166.10||28th of 1942||68.00%||00 / 00||57.71|
|Yank in the RAF, A (1941)||Tyrone Power||$267.10||4th of 1941||55.50%||01 / 00||57.48|
|Down Argentina Way (1940)||Don Ameche||$167.70||12th of 1940||63.50%||03 / 00||57.03|
|Tin Pan Alley (1940)||John Payne & Alice Faye||$172.00||11th of 1940||59.50%||01 / 01||55.62|
|Pin Up Girl (1944)||Martha Raye||$170.00||20th of 1944||58.50%||00 / 00||53.84|
|I Wake Up Screaming (1941)||Victor Mature||$121.40||53rd of 1941||73.00%||00 / 00||53.13|
|Shocking Miss Pilgrim, The (1947)||Anne Revere||$138.60||61st of 1947||63.00%||00 / 00||51.09|
|Song of the Islands (1942)||Victor Mature||$116.30||64th of 1942||66.00%||00 / 00||49.05|
|My Blue Heaven (1950)||Dan Dailey & David Wayne||$114.20||32nd of 1950||66.00%||00 / 00||48.72|
|Moon Over Miami (1941)||Don Ameche||$92.30||73rd of 1941||71.00%||00 / 00||47.68|
|Footlight Serenade (1942)||Victor Mature||$116.30||66th of 1942||63.00%||00 / 00||47.64|
|Four Jills In A Jeep (1944)||Kay Francis||$95.60||61st of 1944||66.50%||00 / 00||46.08|
|Wabash Avenue (1950)||Victor Mature||$102.90||44th of 1950||62.00%||01 / 00||45.49|
|Meet Me After The Show (1951)||Macdonald Carey||$96.30||42nd of 1951||63.00%||00 / 00||44.54|
|Call Me Mister (1951)||Danny Thomas & Jeffrey Hunter||$104.80||35th of 1951||60.00%||00 / 00||44.44|
|Pigskin Parade (1936)||Judy Garland||$101.20||54th of 1936||56.00%||01 / 00||42.41|
|Three For The Show (1955)||Jack Lemmon||$57.90||97th of 1955||68.00%||00 / 00||40.93|
|College Swing (1938)||Bob Hope||$65.60||76th of 1938||63.50%||00 / 00||40.01|
|Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, The (1949)||Cesar Romero & Directed by Preston Sturges||$56.60||96th of 1949||62.00%||00 / 00||37.91|
|Give Me A Sailor (1938)||Bob Hope||$53.10||88th of 1938||62.50%||00 / 00||37.61|
|How To Be Popular (1955)||Charles Coburn & Robert Cummings||$76.40||76th of 1955||54.50%||00 / 00||37.46|
|That Lady in Ermine (1948)||Douglas Fairbanks Jr. & Cesar Romero||$78.40||97th of 1948||50.50%||01 / 00||36.29|
|Farmer Takes a Wife , The (1953)||Thelma Ritter||$49.00||117th of 1953||55.50%||00 / 00||33.68|
|Campus Confessions (1938)||William Henry||$31.80||99th of 1938||49.50%||00 / 00||28.19|
Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Betty Grable Table
- Twenty-one Betty Grable movie crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark. That is a percentage of 65.62% of her movies listed. How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) was her biggest box office hit.
- An average Betty Grable movie grossed $142.80 million in adjusted box office gross.
- Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter. 24 of Betty Grable’s movies are rated as good movies…or 66.66% of her movies. How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) is her highest rated movie while Campus Confessions (1938) is her lowest rated movie.
- Ten Betty Grable movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 31.25% of her movies.
- Two Betty Grable movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 6.25% of her movies.
- An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00. 26 Betty Grable movie scored higher that average….or 81.25% of her movies. How To Marry A Millionaire (1953) got the the highest UMR Score while Campus Confessions (1938) got the lowest UMR Score.
Possibly Interesting Facts About Betty Grable
1. Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri.
2. Betty Grable was one of the 20 original The Goldwyn Girls, among whom were Lucille Ball, Virginia Bruce, and Paulette Goddard.
3. Two million photographs of Betty Grable wearing a white swimsuit were sent to GIs during World War II.
4. Betty Grable’s legs were insured by Lloyds of London for $1,250,00 dollars.
5. Betty Grable suffered from demophobia (fear of crowds) and was a somnambulist (sleepwalker).
6. Betty Grable was married two times. Her first marriage was to actor, Jackie Coogan from 1937 to 1940. Her second marriage was to band leader, Harry James from 1943 to 1965…they had two children.
7. Betty Grable was the number one box office attraction in 1943….Bob Hope was 2nd.
8. Betty Grable’s Top 10 box office rank 1942-1951: 1942 8th (Abbott & Costello 1st), 1943 1st (Grable 1st), 1944 4th (Bing Crosby 1st), 1945 4th (Bing Crosby 1st), 1946 9th (Bing Crosby 1st), 1947 2nd (Bing Crosby 1st), 1948 2nd (Bing Crosby 1st), 1949 7th (Bob Hope 1st), 1950 4th (John Wayne 1st) and 1951 3rd (John Wayne 1st).
9. Betty Grable movies grossed over $4.6 billion in adjusted domestic box office gross. 21 of her movies grossed over $100 million in adjusted domestic box office gross.
10. Check out Betty Grable‘s career compared to current and classic actors. Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.
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