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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:
This is truly one of the all time classic treasures of film making! See more (65 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)

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:
The film played continuously at a special theater in Lourdes dedicated to it exclusively.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: One of the reports to the Commision is dated February 31,1860.See more »
Quotes:
Bernadette:The spring is not for me.See more »
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
This is truly one of the all time classic treasures of film making!, 5 April 2007
Author: ozthegreatat42330 from Central City, Kentucky

I have read where several people claim that there are flaws and imperfections in this film. But that is just not so. Even if you do not agree with the subject matter, and I do not come down on either side here, even though a catholic, it is simply a matter of capturing the emotional perfection of the story. Jennifer Jones had many fine roles in her career, but, as is all to often not the case, she honestly deserved the Best Actress Oscar for this her finest screen moment. Guided under the very skilled hand of one of Hollywood's often unsung but greatest director's Henry King this motion picture shines with a divine radiance all its own.

The performances of the other cast members were also on a par with the lead role. I will here only mention a few. Charles Bickford as the priest who first scoffs and eventually becomes a firm believer was his very best. Vincent Price, who is always able to play a villainous role to perfection was excellent as the doubting prosecutor who cannot be convinced. And Lee J. Cobb turns in an excellent performance also. But the second kudos of the film go to Gladys Cooper, who should have won a best supporting award as the old nun, who cannot accept Bernadette for who and what she is.

Finally, a note for the person who said the was no song in the movie and questioned the title. The whole film was a song or more correctly a psalm of faith, and the psalms were never sung but spoken. The music of ALfred Newman again underscores the action of this film perfectly. It is high on my top twenty-five films of all time.

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