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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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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 
 
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
 
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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:
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 »
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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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Excellent shadows, 16 February 2002
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

Stevenson isn't willing to let us forget that his film is based on a book. The first thing we see a leather-bound volume with the title "Jane Eyre" emblazoned on the cover; the book opens to reveal the film's credits exquisitely lettered on the opening pages. We're in danger of falling in love with the book as an object before the story even begins. By the time Joan Fontaine had finished reading out Brönte's opening paragraph, with the sentences themselves before me, I was in no mood to watch the movie - I wanted to go away and read the book.

Yet when it's not reminding us that it's at heart a version of something else, it's a very good film, falling not too far short of David Lean's "Oliver Twist" - which it resembles. Both films were shot almost entirely in the studio, yet don't feel studio-bound; they feel rather as though the directors had managed to find unusually claustrophobic out-of-door (or, in Lean's case, urban) locations. In both films a portion of every frame is consumed by impenetrable shadow. (Yet "Eyre" is detailed, and makes the best possible use of every frame.) Both films take place around in a callous England of the 1920s. (I got the impression that if Brönte's characters had for some reason gone to London they would have encountered Dickens's, although this impression was destroyed when the rich Londoners visit Rochester's castle.) Both films manage to be sentimental in an agreeable way. Both have excellent musical scores. In fact, this may be Herrmann's best score of the 1940s, certainly better than the one he wrote for "Citizen Kane", which is seems better than it is because the film as a whole is a masterpiece.

If you can, make sure you see a print with a pristine soundtrack. Orson Welles isn't always easy to understand.

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