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Director:
Writers:
Charlotte Brontë (by)
Aldous Huxley (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
7 April 1944 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A Love Story Every Woman Would Die a Thousand Deaths to Live!
Plot:
After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house to care for his young daughter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The closest thing to a sequel to 'Citizen Kane' See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Orson Welles ... Edward Rochester

Joan Fontaine ... Jane Eyre

Margaret O'Brien ... Adele Varens
Peggy Ann Garner ... Jane Eyre as a Child
John Sutton ... Dr. Rivers

Sara Allgood ... Bessie

Henry Daniell ... Henry Brocklehurst

Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Reed
Aubrey Mather ... Colonel Dent
Edith Barrett ... Mrs. Fairfax
Barbara Everest ... Lady Ingraham
Hillary Brooke ... Blanche Ingraham
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Abbott ... Mason (uncredited)
Harry Allen ... Guard (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Bookie (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ruth Brady ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Proprietor (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Guard on Coach from Lowood (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Guard on Coach to Lowood (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Footman (uncredited)
Alan Edmiston ... Dealer (uncredited)

Jean Fenwick ... Guest (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Eshton (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Young Man (uncredited)

Ethel Griffies ... Grace Poole (uncredited)
Ronald Harris ... John Reed (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... Lowood School Trustee (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Adele Jergens ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Old Gentleman (uncredited)
Bud Lawler ... Guest (uncredited)
Gwendolyn Logan ... Dowager (uncredited)
Thomas Louden ... Sir George Lynn (uncredited)
Moyna MacGill ... Dowager (uncredited)
Barry Macollum ... Trustee (uncredited)
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Skatcher (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Leah (uncredited)
Nelson McDowell ... Lowood School Trustee (uncredited)
John Meredith ... Guest (uncredited)
Roseanne Murray ... Guest (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Nancy June Robinson ... Girl (uncredited)
Marion Rosamond ... Guest (uncredited)
Erskine Sanford ... Mr. Briggs (uncredited)
Billie Seward ... Woman at Party (uncredited)
Yorke Sherwood ... Beadle (uncredited)
Ivan F. Simpson ... Mr. Woods - the Minister (uncredited)
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Footman at Gateshead (uncredited)
Betta St. John ... Girl (uncredited)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Helen Burns (uncredited)
Leslie Vincent ... Guest (uncredited)
Dan Wallace ... Guest (uncredited)
Frederick Worlock ... Waiter (uncredited)
Eustace Wyatt ... Dr. Carter (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Stevenson 
 
Writing credits
Charlotte Brontë (by)

Aldous Huxley (screen play) &
Robert Stevenson (screen play) and
John Houseman (screen play)

Ketti Frings  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)
Henry Koster  uncredited

Produced by
William Goetz .... producer (uncredited)
Kenneth Macgowan .... producer (uncredited)
Orson Welles .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann (music)
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Walter Thompson (film editor)
 
Production Design by
William L. Pereira (production designed by) (as William Pereira)
 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Wiard Ihnen  (as Wiard B. Ihnen)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
René Hubert (costumes) (as Rene Hubert)
 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist: Orson Welles (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William Goetz .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant director (uncredited)
William L. Pereira .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ross Dowd .... associate set decorator
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Keon .... scenario assistant
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
97 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G (cable rating) | Australia:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #9213)

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Trivia:
Orson Welles did enough work behind the scenes that the production company offered him a producer credit, which he turned down. Welles' official reason for this is a belief that a person who is not directing the film shouldn't be "just" a producer.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Rochester and Blanche sever connections, folds can be seen in the backdrop of the sky.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jane Eyre:[narrating] My name is Jane Eyre... I was born in 1820, a harsh time of change in England. Money and position seemed all that mattered. Charity was a cold and disagreeable word. Religion too often wore a mask of bigotry and cruelty. There was no proper place for the poor or the unfortunate. I had no father or mother, brother or sister. As a child I lived with my aunt, Mrs. Reed of Gateshead Hall. I do not remember that she ever spoke one kind word to me.
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Referenced in Silence Becomes You (2005)See more »

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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
The closest thing to a sequel to 'Citizen Kane', 17 April 2003
Author: Matt Wall from Somewhere in Soho

Well, either Orson had a lot to do with this movie's production directly, or he had at least one early acolyte in director Robert Stevenson. A handful of Mercury Theatre/Kane actors holdover here, as well as a score by the great Bernard Herrman.

It's hard to describe which is the most jaw-dropping surprise in this movie: the Kane-esque gothic expressionism of the cinematography, or the stunning acting performances. Welles plays probably the most romantic leading role of his career as the brooding Rochester, while Fontaine postively glows in an understated turn as the title character. Of particular note are two child actors: Peggy Ann Garner, as the young Jane, who has a brief but dazzling turn to open the picture, and who was better known shortly thereafter for her lead in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; and the never-yet-equaled Margaret O'Brien, the oscar-winner who played 'Tootie' in 'Meet Me in St. Louis' as Rochester's ward and Jane's charge. Oh, and nearly incidentally, one of Elizabeth Taylor's first performances, as Jane's doomed friend Helen.

One can only speculate how the history of film would've been different had Welles somehow started a trend in Hollywood story-telling like that of this rendition of 'Jane Eyre'. He certainly had enough classics pitched in his early and still hopeful days in Hollywood, and this film, whether or not he deserve direct credit for it, is one of the strongest -- and, despite the pacing, most concise -- retellings of a literary classic in film history. Without too much hyperbole, it's as if Charlotte Brontë were on the level of Shakespeare and Fontaine and Welles forgotten archetypes of deep myth. It's not a stretch to say that this film version is far more accessible to the modern sensibility than the book itself is, without losing the period feel and contemporary feeling of the original text.

8/10, a forgotten classic.

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