Linda Darnell Movies

255_125271717743Want to know the best Linda Darnell movies?  How about the worst Linda Darnell movies?  Curious about Linda Darnell box office grosses or which Linda Darnell movie picked up the most Oscar® nominations? Need to know which Linda Darnell movie got the best reviews from critics and audiences? Well you have come to the right place….because we have all of that information.

Linda Darnell (1923-1965) was an American actress.  Darnell was one of the most popular actresses of the 1940s.  Her movies earned $3 billion (adjusted gross) between 1940 and 1949….with 15 of her movies crossing the $100 milllion (adjusted) mark.  Linda Darnell’s IMDb page shows 57 acting credits from 1939-1965.  This page will rank 40 Linda Darnell movies from Best to Worst in six different sortable columns of information. Her television appearances, uncredited roles, shorts and 1955’s It Happens in Roma (not released in North American theaters) were not included in the rankings. 

Drivel Part:  This page comes from a request by Pierre.  Gotta admit that I did not know much about Linda Darnell before doing this page.  Now I know enough to be dangerous….lol.  Sorry for the delay, Pierre…..but your requested Linda Darnell page is now complete!

Four of the first 7 Linda Darnell movies were opposite Tyrone Power

Four of the first seven Linda Darnell movies were opposite Tyrone Power

Linda Darnell 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 Linda Darnell movies by co-stars of her movies
  • Sort Linda Darnell movies by adjusted domestic box office grosses using current movie ticket cost (in millions)
  • Sort Linda Darnell movies by yearly domestic box office rank
  • Sort Linda Darnell 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 Linda Darnell movie received.
  • Sort Linda Darnell movies by Ultimate Movie Rankings (UMR)Score.  UMR Score puts box office, reviews and awards into a mathematical equation and gives each movie a score.
  • Blue link in Co-star column takes you to that star’s UMR movie page
RankMovie (Year)UMR Co-Star LinksAdjusted B.O. Domestic (mil)Box Office Rank by YearCritic Audience RatingOscar Nom / WinUMR Score
My Darling Clementine (1946)Henry Fonda & Directed by John Ford$179.0041st of 194685.50%00 / 0067.92
Letter to Three Wives, A (1949)Kirk Douglas & Thelma Ritter$149.8024th of 194984.50%03 / 0267.58
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)Gale Sondergaard$227.8027th of 194671.00%05 / 0267.57
Mark of Zorro, The (1940)Tyrone Power$172.0010th of 194083.00%01 / 0066.07
Blood and Sand (1941)Tyrone Power & Rita Hayworth$170.0023rd of 194177.00%02 / 0163.94
Centennial Summer (1946)Walter Brennan$195.3037th of 194663.00%02 / 0060.68
Forever Amber (1947)Cornel Wilde$307.905th of 194755.50%00 / 0057.08
Buffalo Bill (1944)Joel McCrea & Maureen O''''Hara$170.0036th of 194453.50%00 / 0051.49
Great John L., The (1945)Greg McClure$136.8050th of 194563.00%00 / 0050.81
Fallen Angel (1945)Dana Andrews$103.3058th of 194574.00%00 / 0050.79
Walls of Jericho, The (1948)Kirk Douglas$97.1072nd of 194875.00%00 / 0050.30
Unfaithfully Yours (1948)Rex Harrison$72.2081st of 194882.00%00 / 0049.73
Hotel For Women (1939)Ann Sothern$123.0045th of 193964.00%00 / 0049.15
It Happened Tomorrow (1944)Dick Powell$101.9063rd of 194469.00%02 / 0049.02
No Way Out (1950)Richard Widmark & Sidney Poitier$67.7087th of 195077.00%01 / 0047.08
Hangover Square (1944)Laird Cregar & George Sanders$72.2074th of 194474.50%00 / 0046.21
Brigham Young (1940)Tyrone Power & Vincent Price$129.0028th of 194055.00%00 / 0045.85
Everybody Does It (1949)Paul Douglas$87.1076th of 194966.00%00 / 0044.52
Sweet and Low-Down (1944)Benny Goodman$106.2059th of 194456.00%01 / 0043.18
Summer Storm (1944)George Sanders & Edward Everett Horton$106.2061st of 194453.50%01 / 0042.00
Chad Hanna (1940)Henry Fonda$107.5037th of 194051.00%00 / 0040.63
Slattery's Hurricane (1949)Richard Widmark$89.9071st of 194955.50%00 / 0040.01
Day-Time Wife (1939)Tyrone Power$72.3065th of 193958.00%00 / 0038.47
13th Letter, The (1951)Directed by Otto Preminger$36.10153rd of 195168.00%00 / 0037.56
Second Chance (1953)Jack Palance$85.2057th of 195351.00%00 / 0037.18
Star Dust (1940)John Payne$20.70120th of 194070.50%00 / 0036.35
Rise and Shine (1941)Jack Oakie & Walter Brennan$60.7094th of 194156.50%00 / 0035.97
Saturday Island (1952)Tab Hunter$63.9073rd of 195253.00%00 / 0034.81
Guy That Came Back, The (1951)Paul Douglas & Joan Bennett$40.90142nd of 195160.50%00 / 0034.78
Blackbeard The Pirate (1952)Robert Newton$53.2097th of 195255.50%00 / 0034.33
Angels of Darkness (1954)Anthony Quinn$6.50199th of 195468.00%00 / 0032.97
Night Without Sleep (1952)Gary Merrill$31.70118th of 195258.50%00 / 0032.40
Two Flags West (1950)Jeff Chandler & Joseph Cotten$42.70110th of 195053.50%00 / 0031.76
Lady Pays Off, The (1951)Stephen McNally$31.30166th of 195156.50%00 / 0031.41
This Is My Love (1954)Dan Duryea$22.30147th of 195458.50%00 / 0030.95
Zero Hour! (1957)Dana Andrews & Sterling Hayden$15.10177th of 195759.00%00 / 0030.07
City Without Men (1943)Edgar Buchanan$47.1097th of 194348.00%00 / 0029.86
Black Spurs (1965)Rory Calhoun$12.40144th of 196554.50%00 / 0027.54
Dakota Incident (1956)Dale Robertson$18.20143rd of 195652.00%00 / 0027.26
Loves of Edgar Allan Poe, The (1942)Shepperd Strudwick$19.80152nd of 194249.00%00 / 0026.10

Stats and Possibly Interesting Things From The Above Linda Darnell Table

  1. Sixteen Linda Darnell movies crossed the magical $100 million domestic gross mark.  That is a percentage of 40.00% of her movies listed. Forever Amber (1947) was her biggest box office hit.
  2. An average Linda Darnell movie grossed $91.30 million in adjusted box office gross.
  3. Using RottenTomatoes.com’s 60% fresh meter.  19 Linda Darnell movies are rated as good movies…or 47.50% of her movies.  My Darling Clementine (1946) is her highest rated movie while City Without Men (1943) is her lowest rated movie.
  4. Nine Linda Darnell movies received at least one Oscar® nomination in any category…..or 22.50% of her movies.
  5. Three Linda Darnell movies won at least one Oscar® in any category…..or 7.50% of her movies.
  6. An average Ultimate Movie Ranking (UMR) Score is 40.00.  22 Linda Darnell movies scored higher that average….or 55.00% of her movies. My Darling Clementine (1946) got the the highest UMR Score while The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942) got the lowest UMR Score.
Linda Darnell in her biggest box office hit....1947's Forever Amber

Linda Darnell in her biggest box office hit….1947’s Forever Amber

Possibly Interesting Facts About Linda Darnell

1. Monetta Eloyse Darnell was born in Dallas, Texas in 1923.

2. As a teenager, Linda Darnell landed not one but two movie contracts.  Her first contract was with RKO before 20th Century Fox decided to offer her movie roles.  At 15 she was living by herself in a small apartment in Hollywood. By the time she was 16 she was Tyrone Power’s leading lady in 1939’s Day-Time Wife.

3.  Linda Darnell’s nickname was Tweedles.

4.  Linda Darnell really wanted to play the Ava Gardner part in 1954’s The Barefoot Contessa.  Apparently Joseph L. Mankiwez wrote the part with Darnell in mind.

5. Linda Darnell was never nominated for any major acting awards….nor was she ever included on the Quigley Publication Top Star lists…..the last fact makes no sense. In 1944 she had 3 $100 million hits….that should have gotten a spot in the Top 25 for sure.

6. Linda Darnell was married three times and had one daughter.

7. Linda Darnell’s character in 1946’s Anna and the King of Siam, was executed by being burned at the stake. In real life, Darnell died at age 41 from burns received in a house fire.

8. Check out Linda Darnell‘s career compared to current and classic actors.  Most 100 Million Dollar Movies of All-Time.

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44 thoughts on “Linda Darnell Movies

  1. Guten Abend Lupino,

    My first meeting with Miss Darnell was at the end of the 60 , it was in a newspaper for TV;three films with her in the week;
    She was top billing in three films one in 40 the second in 46 and the third in 52;
    I was very in movie story and i never heard something about her;
    So i try to discover her but i was too young to watche the films very late at that time;
    anyway i grew up and the first film was The mark of Zorro with Tyrone Power i think she was looking very young and the second was A letter to three wifes ….where i think she was differente…..and the third film was Black bird the pirate…..that i really like so much
    so i was conquest and of course after that i saw all the films i can see except like i already say the last films.
    one of my favorite is Buffalo Bill and of course Forever Amber;
    bonne fin de soirée
    Pierre

    1. Lupino, sorry i come back again
      but in A letter to three wifes i met somebody for the first time
      Mrs Thelma Ritter and i think she was simply great.
      have a good night
      Pierre

    2. Bonsoir Pierre,

      your Linda Darnell Story is a little different from mine 😉 I told it before here, Summer Storm was a movie shown very often on german TV in my youth, and I absolutely was taken by her beauty. In later years I saw more of her films, and long before the internet found out about her tragic end in a book on forgotten Stars I bought while on a trip to London. I have seen her last movie, in Black Spurs you could see that her youthful energy and, sad to say, beauty had largely disappeared. Her part in that film is not the leading role, but she has a few scenes. There are a few films I’m missing, some of her early ones and 1954’s This is my Love. Do you know that Linda was tested for a part in John Steinbeck’s The Wayward Bus (Les Naufrage du L’Autocar)? I’m not sure wether it was for the Joan Collins or Jayne Mansfield role, but I guess the Collins part would make more sense. She was only 33 years old at the time, had already starred in close to 40 movies…and her career was virtually over.
      Nice hearing from you again and talking some Linda 🙂

  2. Hello Bruce, Hello Lupino

    thanks for the though but Lupino is right, it took me right on your Darnell page but when i go often on that page that s was good time;
    So after that i go on ‘YOU TUBE ‘just to find the video and i fount out a lot so i watch them all some with Tyrone Power or some TV appearance notably with Lucille Ball;
    but my favorites were with Dana Andrews, two great stars of the 40 together but unfortunetly only on the 40;
    i can tell you something she is one my fav stars of the all decades first of all by her beauty ,by her films, she made films with so many greats Directors her way to play and by her Hollywood name,Linda Darnell is very nice to hear or to read;
    but i never see her lasts films.
    have a nice time
    Pierre

  3. Thanks Lupino, glad you liked liked the videos. Linda and Yvonne were both gorgeous women, lighting up movies that were less than stellar.

    Btw my video ratings frequently tend to be lower than IMDB ratings because at that site the less well known movies get fewer ratings and higher scores from fans of the actors and actresses in those movies regardless of the quality of the film itself.

    Yep Bruce posted a link to his Linda Darnell page… on his Linda Darnell page. But remember it’s the thought that counts. 🙂

    1. My name is not Pierre, but as a huge Fan of the tragic Miss Darnell I took the time to watch the video (bad idea, as I watched a few others along the way). I am, of course, a bit saddened by the low ratings of some of her movies, but enjoyed so many posters and photos. She was so beautiful as the indian maiden on the Bufallo Bill pics and looked simply radiant for Star Dust…who would have predicted the uneven road her career would take up to her untimely death? Since I no longer have an active youtube account, I’ll post my thanks and compliments to Steve here 😉

      (Steve, on a sidenote, I just LOVE your vid on Yvonne de Carlo. What a beautiful woman, sadly mostly in run of the mill films, though with more than a handful exceptions).

      Bruce, the link you posted for Pierre took me directly back to Linda’s UMR page- guess that was not intended?

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