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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:
The true gem of the 40s.Oh,Johnny,what a movie! 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:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although set in Nova Scotia, the film was actually made in California.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:I have to get cash somewhere, and you and some of the others are the only ones who can afford it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Wedding MarchSee more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The true gem of the 40s.Oh,Johnny,what a movie!, 11 July 2007
Author: dukis-1 from Serbia and Montenegro

I have read some great things about this movie before I saw it and I am very glad to say-it was all true!The screenplay,based upon the stage play by Elmer Harris,is fascinating,and all the characters are absolutely believable-at times you would say that you actually know these people.Their habits and beliefs are beautifully presented,so are all the beauties and drawbacks of village life.This is a touching drama with elements of romance about a modest doctor who sees hidden potentials and talents in a deaf-mute girl Belinda McDonald and does his best to show her and her family that she could live a normal life.He treats her as a human being and an intelligent girl which she is.He also helps her father and aunt to realize how smart and sensitive Belinda actually is.Things change for the worse after she was raped by a village rascal Locky.When the doctor finds out she is pregnant,the scandal is inevitable... I won't tell you the rest,you just have to see this magnificent movie.The direction is flawless,even though Negulesco is a relatively unknown director of the 40s(there were Huston,Ford,Wilder,Capra,Lang,Mankiewicz,etc.)Still,he manages to draw viewers' attention to important things-he used the script very well.Every member of the cast is the story of his own,but I simply must point out Jane Wyman.A strikingly beautiful woman,whom I saw before only in The Lost Weekend,was really mesmerising.Her stellar performance represents the best-played challenged person ever,and one of the most deserved Oscars in Hollywood history.You can see every her feeling and thought on her pretty face-I was swept off my feet by her power of expression.The scene in which she prays in sign language over her father's deathbed is among the most poignant ever made.I was lost for words when I saw it.The great accomplishment of the great actress.Lew Ayres portrayed the doctor marvelously-he experienced the same hell as Belinda,and still,he stood by her all the way.Certainly,one of his best roles.This is the first movie in which Jane Wyman and Agnes Moorehead starred together-they continued their partnership over the years.Agnes did great and also deserved the Academy award for her role of strict,but good aunt Aggie.(Claire Trevor got the Award,because she portrayed an alcoholic-a pure cliché.)Charles Bickford was very good as the patriarch who does all he can to keep his family together.He and Jane make beautiful father-daughter chemistry on screen.Other actors gave their own contribution to make this film a true masterpiece,which it is.This is a must-see for any classic film-lover and another proof that you can learn many,many things about life from classic movies.Every man carries the substance that makes him human inside his own heart.This is a monumental movie.

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