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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:
Wyman's finest hour 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)
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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)
 
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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)
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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:
Dr. Robert Richardson:Hello, Aggie. You got back all right?
Aggie McDonald:Wouldn't be here if I hadn't, would I?
Dr. Robert Richardson:Is your sister better?
Aggie McDonald:Yes.
Dr. Robert Richardson:Did she have a good doctor?
Aggie McDonald:Don't have any. Doesn't believe in them.
Dr. Robert Richardson:Well, that's the right attitude as long as one can afford it.
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Wyman's finest hour, 13 February 2006
Author: Dan-13 from Long Island, NY

Every great actress has one signature role, the film for which she's forever identified because of the amazing impression she leaves on the screen. Rosalind Russell has Hildy Johnson in "His Girl Friday," Judy Garland has Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz," and Jane Wyman has Belinda MacDonald in "Johnny Belinda." Without saying a word, Wyman speaks volumes as the lonely deaf mute who learns about love and tenderness from doctor Lew Ayres as well as fear from bully Stephen McNally. She shines in every scene and creates one of the most touching characterizations ever put on screen. Moments such as her discovery of music and her sign-reading of the Lord's Prayer are beautifully done with a skill exceeding those of the best silent screen stars. Her Oscar was richly deserved.

Wyman, though, is not alone in creating this great film. Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead and Jan Sterling all give complex, layered performances that make each character believable and memorable. And "Johnny Belinda" would probably not be as powerful or moving without the exceptional black-and-white photography and Max Steiner's lovely score, one of his finest, which underscores every moment. Warner Bros. deserves extra credit for taking on a delicate subject (the rape of a deaf character was hardly typical screen fare in the 1940s) and handling it in a tasteful manner.

Ultimately, the movie is a showcase for Jane Wyman who rightly became Warner Bros.' top female star upon its release. She and the film are unforgettable.

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