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Oscar Winners Inspired by the Post

Published: February 22, 2013

Ardent readers might know that the Post has a long-standing tradition of publishing noteworthy fiction, but you might be surprised to hear that many of Tinsel Town’s Oscar-winning films originated as fiction in the pages of The Saturday Evening Post. As the 85th Academy Awards takes place this Sunday, check out our list of nine Post-inspired award winners—and two films that while popular, have failed to claim a statue.

Award Winners

Movie poster for the film Lassie Come Home.

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  1. Lassie Come Home (1943)
  2. You’ll be surprised at which cast member earned the biggest bucks on this set.
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  3. Red River (1948)
  4. Two of this film’s principal stars almost weren’t cast due to fears they wouldn’t get along—which turned out to be true!
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  5. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
  6. One of the most popular Westerns ever made—and it could have happened without John Wayne!
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  7. The Quiet Man (1952)
  8. A famous actress broke her hand while slapping away her co-star’s advances during the production of this film.
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  9. Lili (1953)
  10. Though it predates the age of email, this movie is credited with the first use of a popular emoticon.
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  11. The Sand Pebbles (1966)
  12. You’ll never guess what famous movie this director was working on at the same time he made Sand Pebbles.
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  13. Death on the Nile (1978)
  14. Sometimes filming on location is a treat … and sometimes, it’s a cramped, sweltering ordeal.
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  15. Fail Safe (1964, 2000)
  16. This movie might have been more successful if it hadn’t been for a poorly timed satire with a strikingly similar plot.
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  17. True Grit (1969, 2010)
  18. Two famous actresses turned down the role of Mattie Ross in the 1969 adaptation.
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Popular Films

  1. Call of the Wild (1935)
  2. You’d never know this story was supposed to be about the dog, thanks to this wildly popular debonair male lead.
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  3. And Then There Were None (1945)
  4. Perhaps one of the most copied plot lines of all time, you’d be surprised at which popular TV shows have retold the tale.
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