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Johnny Belinda (1948)

Unrated | | Drama | 14 September 1948 (USA)
In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.

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Dr. Robert Richardson, a dedicated young general practitioner, seeks to establish himself in an isolated fishing village on Cape Breton Island off the Nova Scotia coast. The population is poor and the struggling physician generally gets paid for his efforts in barter. When he meets Belinda McDonald, a young deaf mute callously dismissed by family and neighbors as "the dummy," he alone senses her innate intelligence. He overcomes the initial skepticism of her flinty, gruff father and indifferently cold aunt, who operate a hardscrabble grist mill and farm, and devotes himself to teaching the young girl sign language and lip-reading. Hopes are even raised that she might even eventually qualify for a medical procedure that might improve her condition. Her optimism is crushed, however, when she raped by Locky McCormick, a brutish local fisherman. Traumatized, she is unable to communicate the outrage to her family, who are baffled and angry when they learn she is pregnant. The local gossips... Written by duke1029

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Stephen McNally, who played the hideous "Locky McCormick" character role, in the theatrical film, also played the saintly doctor in the Broadway production, just to prove he could play a friendly or a diabolical (evil) character role. See more »

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The adoption papers from the council misspell the possessive "its" as "it's." See more »

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Mrs. McKee: Mrs. Moore is her own worst enemy.
Mrs. Poggety: Not while I'm alive, she isn't!
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Referenced in It's a Great Feeling (1949) See more »

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The Maple Leaf Forever
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Music by Alexander Muir
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21 March 2002 | by (new jersey) – See all my reviews

I had always written Jane Wyman off as just the ex-wife of Ronald Reagan and the matriarch of the Falcon Crest clan, but this movie really changed my mind about her. I was completely blown away by her performance as a deaf-mute. It is very easy to fall into stereotypes when playing physically challenged roles (especially in 1948), but Wyman underplays her part with great skill. She rises above the melodrama of the film without saying a single word and everything can be seen in her eyes. This film is truly a shining moment in her career.


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