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Johnny Belinda -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Irma von Cube (screenplay) and
Allen Vincent (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
14 September 1948 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
She was alone with terror - and torment! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Dominant Performances Are the Order of the Day. See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Wyman ... Belinda McDonald

Lew Ayres ... Dr. Robert Richardson

Charles Bickford ... Black MacDonald

Agnes Moorehead ... Aggie MacDonald
Stephen McNally ... Locky McCormick

Jan Sterling ... Stella McCormick
Rosalind Ivan ... Mrs. Poggety
Dan Seymour ... Pacquet - Storekeeper
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Lutz
Ida Moore ... Mrs. McKee

Alan Napier ... Defense Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barbara Bates ... Gracie Anderson (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Ben (uncredited)
James Craven ... Interpreter (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Man on Jury (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Man Reciting Lord's Prayer (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Man Reciting Lord's Prayer (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Horace M. Gray (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Man Reciting Lord's Prayer (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Judge (uncredited)
Charles Horvath ... Church Attendant (uncredited)
Douglas Kennedy ... Mountie (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Man Reciting Lord's Prayer (uncredited)
Blayney Lewis ... Dan'l (uncredited)
Alice MacKenzie ... Farm Woman (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Man Reciting Lord's Prayer (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Tim Moore (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Man on Jury (uncredited)

Jeff Richards ... Floyd McQuiggen (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ... Fergus McQuiggen (uncredited)
Joan Winfield ... Mrs. Tim Moore (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Rector (uncredited)
Frederick Worlock ... Prosecutor (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Negulesco 
 
Writing credits
Irma von Cube (screenplay) (as Irmgard VonCube) and
Allen Vincent (screenplay)

Elmer Harris (from the stage play by)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord (director of photography) (as Ted McCord)
 
Film Editing by
David Weisbart 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Betty Delmont .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Mattison .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Dellar .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lee White .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Durlauf .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Harry Goldman .... props (uncredited)
Frederick Kuhn .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as Edwin DuPar)
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Brodie .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Classen .... grip (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... second camera (uncredited)
Paul Ivano .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Clair Sealey .... best boy (uncredited)
George Stout .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milo Anderson .... wardrobe
Marie Blanchard .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Patricia Davidson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Frank Ricci .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Sam Marks .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestral arrangements
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bruce Carruthers .... technical advisor
Elizabeth Gesner .... technical advisor
Harry Wagstaff Gribble .... producer: stage play
Felix Jacoves .... dialogue director
Fred Applegate .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Joe Barry .... location manager (uncredited)
Bob Fender .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
102 min | West Germany:95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:

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Trivia:
The second film to be nominated for all the top 6 Academy Awards - Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. Other films to feature in this unique pantheon are William Wyler's Mrs. Miniver (1942) (the first to receive this accolade), Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd. (1950), Elia Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Fred Zinnemann's From Here to Eternity (1953), Mike Nichols' Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Stanley Kramer's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), Sidney Lumet's _Network_, Hal Ashby's Coming Home (1978), Warren Beatty's Reds (1981) and two by David O. Russell - _Silver Linings Playbook_ and American Hustle (2013).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The adoption papers from the council misspell the possessive "its" as "it's."See more »
Quotes:
Stella McCormick:He's a... something even you can't pronounce!
Locky McCormick:Probably something not fit to mention.
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Soundtrack:
Come, Thou Almighty KingSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Is 'Johnny Belinda' based on a book?
Why is the title 'Johnny Belinda'? There's no one by that name in the movie.
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42 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Dominant Performances Are the Order of the Day., 1 April 2003
Author: tfrizzell from United States

Outstanding and forgotten masterpiece from the late-1940s that led the way in 1948 with a dozen Oscar nominations, but somehow lost most of its steam as the Academy Awards were handed out. The titled character (Jane Wyman in a well-deserved Oscar-winning part) is a beautiful young lady who sadly happens to be deaf and mute. She is treated as an outcast by those within her Nova Scotia village's landscape. Her father (Oscar-nominee Charles Bickford) and aunt (Oscar-nominee Agnes Moorehead) love her very much, but become easily frustrated when they have trouble communicating with the youth on their small farm. When kind doctor Lew Ayres (yet another Oscar-nominee) comes to town he begins to teach Wyman how to read, teach her sign language and teaches her about life and love. Naturally those within the community despise the new outsider (they have never cared for Wyman and her family either). Jan Sterling comes to hate the doctor as she is turned down by Ayers and town bully Stephen McNally commits a horrific act by raping Wyman one night in her father's barn. A pregnancy occurs and the townspeople believe that Ayers is the culprit. Now those unfriendly people in the community wish to take Wyman's new-born child for their own, believing that Wyman is not fit to be a mother. Jean Negulesco (Oscar-nominated for direction) was a film-maker that never got too cute. He let his performers dominate the action and "Johnny Belinda" is no exception here. His subtle direction just adds to everyone else in the film. "Johnny Belinda" sometimes plays more like a stage play than an actual motion picture (this is a compliment by the way) and that just adds to the emotions and realism that are displayed throughout this fine movie. 5 stars out of 5.

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