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Charlotte Brontë (by)
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Release Date:
7 April 1944 (USA) See more »
A Love Story Every Woman Would Die a Thousand Deaths to Live!
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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  (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 
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 .... conductor (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Other crew
Barbara Keon .... scenario assistant
Crew verified as complete

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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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In December 1942 David O. Selznick conceived the idea of casting Suzanne Farrington as the young Jane. However her father Leigh Holman was against his daughter following her mother's profession.See more »
Continuity: When Jane arrives at Thorndale and alights her carriage, the dark shot is immediately brightened by rays of light beaming from an open door (off screen to the left). When we cut immediately to the entrance, the room has no lights at all, so no such effect would occur.See more »
[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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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Charlotte Bronte's Byronic Hero, 14 May 2006
Author: theowinthrop from United States

If you remember any novel at all of Charlotte Bronte, it is JANE EYRE, her romance of a struggling governess who falls in love with a wealthy, mysterious land - owner whose ward needs an educator. It is the story that has been filmed most often of all of Bronte's novels (three films and a series, as opposed to only one series based on VILLETTE and none for SHIRLEY or THE PROFESSOR). It is not as overpowering in it's appeal as her sister Emily's WUTHERING HEIGHTS, but it is (for most people) a good romantic novel. It is also one of the few Victorian novels that is read today (in fact, it was used in an episode of FRIENDS, when Phoebe and Rachel are supposed to be in a literature night school class).

What was unique about the novel when it was published in 1847 was that it was rare for a novel to be told from the perspective of lowly governess, and about unrequited love for her employer. This was really hot stuff for Victorian England (though not as hot as Heathcliff and Cathy running wild on the moors of Yorkshire). The novel also gave Charlotte Bronte a chance to even one old score. The business about her being sent to the school run by Henry Brocklehurst was based on Charlotte's personal feelings about a school she had been sent to that was run by one William Carus Wilson. She felt Wilson was a hypocrite and tyrant (this view has been disputed by scholars researching Bronte since the 19th Century).

This is the best known version of the novel, but it is not as complete a version as one imagines. The early part of the novel, showing how Jane's aunt Mrs. Reed and her son John bully Jane (as a poor relation) is cut (John doesn't even have any lines). Henry Daniell is effective as Brocklehurst, in that his religious tyranny over his students is shown, but the hypocrisy of his behavior (in the novel his wife and daughters are fashionably dressed, as opposed to the girls in his school) is not commented upon. The subplot concerning the Rivers cousins is not included in the film. Possibly this is wise, as it concentrates the narrative to Jane's hiring by Edward Rochester, her growing love for her "Byronic" employer, and her discovering of the shattering secret that derails their marriage.

When the film was made Joan Fontaine was at the height of her career as a movie star. She had won her Oscar for best actress in SUSPICION only three years before. She fit the role of the quiet "plain Jane" heroine quite well. But in her memoirs NO BED OF ROSES she reveals that she did not like this film. Her co-star got on her nerves. Orson Welles did the role of Rochester because he was trying to demonstrate to Hollywood producers that he was quite a good actor, even if he was not directing as he wanted. But, as it turned out, he got involved in the production of the film - and he had some clashes with Fontane whom he thought was a spoiled star. That their scenes together worked is amazing.

Of the others in the cast, the two I find most interesting are Elizabeth Taylor as the ill-fated Helen Burns, Jane's closest friend at Brocklehurst's school. It is a small part, but the beautiful young Taylor makes it heart-breaking. But also note the performance of Hillary Brooke as the fortune - hunting Blanche Ingram, who summarizes the reason for her defeat in this movie while playing billiards with her parents: "GOVERNESSES, MAMA!!"

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