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The Song of Bernadette -- The story of a peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, a poverty-stricken, pure hearted adolescent, who saw a vision, of a "Beautiful Lady" near her home town of Lourdes in 1858.


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George Seaton (screenplay)
Franz Werfel (novel)
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Release Date:
April 1945 (USA) See more »
Here is greatness . . . wonder . . . and majesty . . . no human words can describe! See more »
In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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A story of unrelenting faith See more (68 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Jones ... Bernadette

Charles Bickford ... Father Peyramale

Vincent Price ... Prosecutor Vital Dutour

Lee J. Cobb ... Dr. Dozous

Gladys Cooper ... Sister Marie Therese Vauzous

Anne Revere ... Louise Soubirous
Roman Bohnen ... François Soubirous

Mary Anderson ... Jeanne Abadie

Patricia Morison ... Empress Eugenie
Aubrey Mather ... Mayor Lacade
Charles Dingle ... Jacomet
Edith Barrett ... Croisine Bouhouhorts
Sig Ruman ... Louis Bouriette
Blanche Yurka ... Aunt Bernarde Casterot
Ermadean Walters ... Marie Soubirous

Marcel Dalio ... Callet
Pedro de Cordoba ... Dr. LeCramps (as Pedro De Cordoba)
Jerome Cowan ... Emperor Louis Napoleon III

William Eythe ... Antoine Nicolau
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louis V. Arco ... Franciscan Monk (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... Policeman (uncredited)
Louis Bacigalupi ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Bates ... Adolard Bouhouhorts - Age 7 (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Townsman (uncredited)

Tala Birell ... Madame Leontine Bruat (uncredited)
Fortunio Bonanova ... Imperial Prince Louis (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Lionel Braham ... Baron Massey (uncredited)
Nana Bryant ... Mere Imbert (uncredited)
Marie Carrozza ... Bernadette's Schoolmate (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Bishop of Nevers (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Dominican Monk (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Marjorie Cooley ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Stonemason (uncredited)
Armand Cortes ... Franciscan Monk (uncredited)
Elvira Curci ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Linda Darnell ... The Virgin Mary (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Dominican Monk (uncredited)
Claudine De Luc ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Estrade (uncredited)
Jo-Carroll Dennison ... Young Nun (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Harry Denny ... Priest (uncredited)
Pat Dillon ... Adolard Bouhouhorts - as Infant (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Doctor (uncredited)
George Du Count ... Doctor (uncredited)
Alicia Díaz ... Bernadette's Schoolmate (uncredited)
Fernanda Eliscu ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Edythe Elliott ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Fred Essler ... Minister of Justice (uncredited)
Edward Fielding ... Doctor with Empress' Baby (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ... Dominican Monk (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Franciscan Monk (uncredited)
Ernest Golm ... Scientist (uncredited)
John Maxwell Hayes ... Father Pomian (uncredited)
Hans Herbert ... Scientist (uncredited)
Margaret Hoffman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Policeman (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ... Charles Bouhouhorts (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Duran (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Leigh ... Cleric (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Huckster (uncredited)
Joyce Miller ... Bernadette's Schoolmate (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Dickie Moore ... Adolard Bouhouhorts - Age 15 (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ... Madame Nicolau (uncredited)

Alan Napier ... Dr. Debeau (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ... Doctor (uncredited)
Moroni Olsen ... Chaplain (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Maisongrosse (uncredited)
Alex Papana ... Townsman (uncredited)
Nino Pipitone Jr. ... Justin Soubirous (uncredited)
Nino Pipitone ... Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
Marie Pope ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Dr. St. Cyr (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Dominican Monk (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Nun (uncredited)
Merrill Rodin ... Jean Soubirous (uncredited)
Irina Semochenko ... Bernadette's Schoolmate (uncredited)
Muni Seroff ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dorothy Shearer ... Mother Superior (uncredited)

William Smith ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Sorel ... Franciscan Monk (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Tom Stevenson ... Doctor (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Woman Describing Baby's Recovery (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Jacques Rousseau - Carpenter (uncredited)
Charles Waldron ... Bishop of Tarbes (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Nun (uncredited)
Lucille Ward ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Minister of the Interior (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
Writing credits
George Seaton (screenplay)

Franz Werfel (novel)

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (director of photography) (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
William S. Darling  (as William Darling)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
René Hubert  (as Rene Hubert)
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Ray Sebastian .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
William Goetz .... in charge of production
Robert D. Webb .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Behm .... assistant director (uncredited)
Albert R. Broccoli .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank E. Hughes .... associate set decorator
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Edmund H. Hansen .... sound director (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph LaShelle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
David O. Selznick .... Jennifer Jones appears by arrangement with
Lionel Bevans .... dialogue director (uncredited)
J.J. Devlin .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ludwig Lewisohn .... translator: novel (uncredited)
Laure Lourié .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Father Mullane .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Franz Werfel .... production advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Franz Werfel's The Song of Bernadette" - USA (complete title)
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156 min | 158 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Germany:12 | Netherlands:AL (2008) | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (PCA #9317) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Jennifer Jones had made other films before this, but only under her real name, Phyllis Isley. In an effort to make the public believe that she was "discovered" for this film, her screen credit reads "and introducing Jennifer Jones as Bernadette."See more »
Miscellaneous: Incorrectly Regarded as a Goof: One of the reports to the Commission appears to be dated February 31, 1860. However, this is not the case. The date is actually written as February 3rd, 1860. In the word "3rd", the letter "d" after the number "3" is clear. However, the letter "r" is written in such a way that it could be mistaken as the number "1".See more »
Peyramale:[to Bernadette] Wake up! Now! Else life is at an end for you. You are playing with fire, Bernadette.See more »
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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A story of unrelenting faith, 30 December 2004
Author: AppleBlossom from Australia

The 'Song of Bernadette' gives us (as viewers) a little insight into the life of one of the best known saints in the Catholic religion….'St Bernadette'. It was from Bernadette's efforts and deep faith, the spring of healing waters at Lourdes were given to us. From Our Lady and through Bernadette the spring started to flow….to this very day it continues to help the faithful who are sick and disabled.

A beautifully scripted film, it tells the story of Bernadette Soubirous, a young French girl who was chosen above all others to bestow her eyes on the Mother of Christ. One day in a grotto in the province of Lourdes France she has a vision of Our Lady – The Immaculate Conception. The Story follows her journey from poor peasant girl till she enters the convent.

One of the many reasons why I love this film is because of the sincerity and unrelenting faith one person can have, faced with so much doubt and ridicule shown by others. The performance of Jennifer Jones is flawless, proved in the fact she received an Oscar for her efforts. The other cast members were brilliant too; each individual character portrayed their role with conviction. So many wonderful actors; Anne Revere, Vincent Price, Charles Bickford, Lee J. Cobb and Gladys Cooper in support. The production, especially the set designs give a realism to the actual time period of France in the 1800's. Altogether this film accumulated 4 Academy Awards, and 3 of them unsurprisingly going to production; Cinematography, Art Direction and Best Musical Score. I give it a well deserved 9/10.

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