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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 »
Genre:
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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Entertaining and engaging adaption of a gothic classic 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:
Joan Fontaine's sister Olivia de Havilland went on to portray Charlotte Brontë (the author of "Jane Eyre"), a couple of years later in Devotion (1946).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The text of "Jane Eyre, Chapter 1" that appears on screen does not correspond to the text of Bronte's novel. Chapter 1 actually opens, "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question."See more »
Quotes:
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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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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining and engaging adaption of a gothic classic, 22 August 2001

A thoroughly engaging adaption of the brooding classic, this film rises above the turgid tone often imposed on other classics brought to the screen. Joan Fontaine turns in a brilliantly deceptively understated performance, and Orson Welles restrains from the scenery chewing that marred some of his own projects; there is surprising chemistry between them. At times, Welles is a downright "sexy" leading man! The script (credited to John Houseman and Aldous Huxley) captures the right "tone" of Victorian cruelty and repression.

Under Robert Stevenson's direction Fontaine/Welles seem to capture the essence of two abused outsiders resisting their attraction for one another, trying to adhere to convention. A strong supporting cast. There are brief though memorable appearances by Agnes Moorehead, Elizabeth Taylor and Peggy Ann Garner as "young" Jane.

George Barnes' camera captures appropriately stark images of Ross Dowd and Thomas Little's sets. Charlotte Bronte's grim novel is well suited to the excellent B/W, cinematography: a memorable scene early in the film has young Jane being punished by being forced to stand on a stool that is nearly in the center of a fan of shadows cast by the stair railing, It is almost reminiscent of expressionist German films of the Weimar years.

The film manages to entertain as well as inform. Purists may object to the last 3 lines of the film which hint at a slightly happier denouement than the book offered. In spite of that, Jane Eyre is still a nearly flawless film.

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