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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:
Silence Yields Oscar Gold 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)
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Trivia:
Jane Wyman became the first person, actor or actress since the silent era to win an Oscar without uttering a word, after sound was created, just before The Jazz Singer (1927) was filmed.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:
Mrs. McKee:Mrs. Moore is her own worst enemy.
Mrs. Poggety:Not while I'm alive, she isn't!
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Movie Connections:
Version of Johnny Belinda (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Come, Thou Almighty KingSee more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Silence Yields Oscar Gold, 28 January 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The movies had been talking for 20 years when Johnny Belinda came out in 1948. Those first Oscars were awarded for silent films and it took 20 years for another Oscar to be awarded for a performance without a single word of dialog.

Jane Wyman, who for the first ten years or so of her film career, played a lot of second leads, proves she could have competed with Mary Pickford or Gloria Swanson in the silent era, got an Oscar for her career role as Belinda McDonald. Belinda is a deaf mute who gets raped and impregnated by the town lout and because of what she is, she can neither name her attacker or speak out against the small minds that inhabit the town she lives in.

The story takes place in one of the Canadian isles off Nova Scotia and it begins with the arrival of a new doctor, Lew Ayres in town. One night he gets a call for a veterinary problem from farmers Charles Bickford and his sister Agnes Moorehead. While there he meets Bickford's mute daughter, Jane Wyman.

It's a rough life on that farm which doesn't yield much for creature comforts. Rough of course for Wyman, but also rough for Bickford who brought his sister in to help raise the child after his wife died in childbirth with Wyman. They're hard people, but they have a tender side also which is brought out as the film develops.

Johnny Belinda brought home a flock of Oscar nominations, for Ayres as Best Actor, for Bickford as Best Supporting Actor, for Agnes Moorehead as Best Supporting Actress, for the film itself, for Director Jean Negulesco. But only Wyman got the prize on Oscar night.

The closest performance I can think of to Wyman's in more modern times is that of Hilary Swank as trans-gender Brandon Teena. Swank hasn't the education to articulate her feelings either just as Wyman doesn't until Ayres teaches her to sign, still an audience made of statues will understand and be moved.

In addition to those already mentioned, look for fine performances from Stephen McNally as the lout and Jan Sterling as his wife.

But most of all look to be terribly moved by Jane Wyman.

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