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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 »
Genre:
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:
Magnificent in every respect See more (49 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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  • 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:
Max Steiner received an Oscar nomination for his score, one of 10 that he provided for movies in 1948. Other notable films from that banner year that benefited from his input included two for John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and Key Largo (1948).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:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Johnny Belinda (1959) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Wedding MarchSee more »

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39 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Magnificent in every respect, 31 October 2005
Author: 17268 from Waynesboro, PA

Most of the previous posts were on the mark. I thought every aspect of the movie was magnificent. A great deal of thought, care, and attention went into the production and filming of "Johnny Belinda." Wyman was unforgettable. Everyone else in the cast--down to the smallest role--was superb. The black and white cinematography is stunning, and the location work (I'm assuming the film was not shot in the studio) pays off handsomely. Costuming, props, sets--there's not a false note anywhere. The acting, screenplay, and direction all meld beautifully so that one of the film's greatest achievements is that it never becomes maudlin.

Wyman's Oscar was greatly deserved, but "Johnny Belinda" should have won several more. Throw a dart at the cast and credits list--wherever the dart lands will be a worthwhile Oscar winner.

The reviewer who hailed this as a "forgotten masterpiece" nailed it perfectly. Not only do they "not make 'em like this any more," they only very rarely did before. This is a film crying out to be rediscovered.

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