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Director:
Writers:
George Seaton (screenplay)
Franz Werfel (novel)
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Release Date:
April 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Here is greatness . . . wonder . . . and majesty . . . no human words can describe!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Jennifer Jones' deeply prayerful performance silently touches the hearts of all who watched this beautiful film... See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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)
 
Special 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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Franz Werfel's The Song of Bernadette" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
156 min | 158 min (copyright length)
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
Lee J. Cobb (Dr. Dozous) and Roman Bohnen (Bernadette's father) were both members of the famous Group Theater (1931-1940), the first ensemble in America to put Konstantin Stanislavski's acting theories into practice. They often performed together, most notably in the plays of Clifford Odets. Both actors were accused of being members of the Communist Party. Bohnen was blacklisted, but Cobb named names and was eventually exonerated by the House Un-American Activities Committee.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the Lady asks Bernadette to wash herself in the spring, Bernadette digs a hole and smears her face and hands with dark black mud. Moments later as the onlookers mock her, her aunt and mother take her away and the mud is gone from both her hands, while only slight fingermarks of mud remain on her cheeks.See more »
Quotes:
Mother Superior:Well, Doctor?
Dr. St. Cyr:Well, in addition to the large tumor on the knee, she has tuberculosis of the bone. She has never complained of pain?
Mother Superior:No. Sister?
Sister Marie Therese Verzous:[stunned by the news] She never mentioned it.
Dr. St. Cyr:I can't understand it. She's had this affliction for a long time, and the constant pain and suffering associated with this disease is almost too horrible to describe.
Sister Marie Therese Verzous:[Sister Marie Therese looks as if she had been struck a violent blow and walks off as if under a trance]
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48 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Jennifer Jones' deeply prayerful performance silently touches the hearts of all who watched this beautiful film..., 3 December 1999

Religious figures became big success in distinguished films like "Going My Way," "The Keys of the Kingdom," "The Bells of St. Mary's," and "The Song of Bernadette."

The film is the story of a simple peasant girl who wins the quality of a 'Saint.' Bernadette was born in an isolated French village called Lourdes, in January 7, 1844...

Jennifer Jones, in a well deserved Academy Award as Best Actress, performs Bernadette Soubirous, the eldest of 9 children from a poverty-stricken family, who would not find happiness in this world, but only in the next...

In 1858, at the age of 14, while gathering firewood, the pious Bernadette had numerous visions of a 'beautiful Lady' on a hillside, on the left bank of a stream... She reveals her identity with the words: "I am the Immaculate Conception."

Bernadette, faithfully, takes great care that her statements never exceed precisely what she has seen... The entire region is soon in an uproar over the events... Bernadette stands firmly defending the 'genuineness' of these visions despite strong opposition from her frightened parents (Anne Revere and Roman Bohnen), the local clergy (Charles Bickford) and civil authorities as the Imperial prosecutor, Vital Dutour (Vincent Price).

Events have become more stressful... Interrogations and prison are a constant threat... The small town is also put under strain... Swelling to several times its population, tensions increase as expectations on one poor child carrying the residents and visitors on an emotional roller coaster...

To escape public attention, Bernadette goes to a quieter life... She is granted admission into the novitiate in the Convent of the Sisters of Nevers... There she completes her religious instruction and passes her remaining years in prayer and seclusion... She was happy and loved for her kindliness and wit, despite almost constant sickness and pain, and despite Sister Marie-Thérese (Gladys Cooper) repeated harassment... This nun couldn't believe in her... She always wanted a proof...

Jennifer Jones is superb as the honest girl who declares that she is not very brilliant, but who never hesitates from her insurance of a miraculous contact...

Henry King's sensitive direction is marked by energy and interest, maintaining a steady clear vision on the heart of the story and its characters...

Alfred Newman's highly music is tender and spiritual...

I highly recommend this beautiful movie... And for the readers who are interested in Bernadette's story, I add that the town of Lourdes, situated at the foot of the Pyrénées, southwest of Toulouse, becomes a pilgrimage town... The underground spring in the grotto, revealed to Bernadette, was declared to have miraculous qualities... And since then this 'healing place' becomes a major pilgrimage center for sick or disabled multitudes...

Bernadette was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1933... Her feast day is February 18, in France and the chapel of the St. Gildard Convent at Nevers, contains her holly body...

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