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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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The second film to be nominated for all the top 6 Academy Awards (as of then) - Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress & Best Director. Other films to feature in this unique pantheon, in order, are/were: 01st, William Wyler's Mrs. Miniver (1942). 02nd, Johnny Belinda (1948). 03rd, Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd. (1950). 04th, Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). 05th, Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity (1953). 06th, Mike Nichols' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). 07th, Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967). 08th, Stanley Kramer's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). 09th, Sidney Lumet's Network (1976). 10th, Hal Ashby's Coming Home (1978). 11th, Warren Beatty's Reds (1981). Plus, David O. Russell's duo, 12th, Silver Linings Playbook (2012) 14th, American Hustle (2013). 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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Locky McCormick: [to the trembling Belinda as he is about to rape her] Your heart's poundin'. I caught a sea gull once. It had the same scared look.
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Version of Johnny Belinda (1959) See more »

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Come, Thou Almighty King
(1769) (uncredited)
Music by Felice de Giardini
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First stanza sung by the church congregation
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Wyman glows...
29 December 2002 | by (Coventry Ct.) – See all my reviews

That Jane Wyman, then in private life Mrs. Ronald Reagan, was able to find the strength to film this masterpiece of her career so soon after the birth and death of her baby daughter in 1947 is a glimpse to us of her utter sheer determination and complete professionalism. Miss Wyman uses milestones of her own life in her acting; she becomes the character and thus we catch emeralds and wheats, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad. It makes for a performance the audience never forgets and the film remains fresh after having had seen it several times. The supporting cast is pure gold. I understand that Jack Warner buried the film for nearly a year after completion and only got on the band wagon after Wyman made him take out an apology in the trades which lead to the big Oscar buildup which snagged Jane Wyman her best actress oscar for 1948. Sadly her greatest professional triumph marked also the death of her marriage to husband Ronald Reagan.


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