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Portrait of Jennie (1948)

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A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Jennie Appleton
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Eben Adams
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Miss Spinney
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Mother Mary of Mercy
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Matthews
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Gus O'Toole
Albert Sharpe ...
Moore (as Albert Sharp)
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Eke
Florence Bates ...
Mrs. Jekes (landlady)
Felix Bressart ...
Pete
Clem Bevans ...
Capt. Cobb
Maude Simmons ...
Clara Morgan
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Storyline

Eben Adams is a talented but struggling artist in Depression era New York who has never been able to find inspiration for a painting. One day, after he finally finds someone to buy a painting from him, a pretty but odd young girl named Jennie Appleton appears and strikes up an unusual friendship with Eben. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno (a.moreno@mindspring.com) with correction by John Knoderer (GodLovesEveryone.org@mazes.com)

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

22 April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tidal Wave  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,041,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(special stereo mix in final storm scene)| (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(green and sepia tints for final reel, excluding last shot)| (Technicolor) (final shot)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 10, 1950 with Joseph Cotten reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

As Eben clings to Jennie on the rocks at the Land's End lighthouse, they speak to one another, but their lips either aren't moving or aren't in sync with what they're saying. See more »

Quotes

Jennie Appleton: Eben... I want always just to sit and watch you paint.
Eben Adams: Now that I've found the perfect model, I'll paint her again and again.
Jennie Appleton: No, I - - I didn't mean that... I mean I want you to paint all the beautiful things in the world.
Eben Adams: [smiles, holds her tight] You're the most beautiful thing in the world.
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Crazy Credits

No credits at all are shown at the beginning except for the studio logo, not even the title of the film. Instead, we hear a narrator speaking the prologue, and then announcing, "And now, 'Portrait of Jennie'". The credits are saved for the end of the picture. See more »

Connections

References Thunder Rock (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl With The Flaxen Hair
Music by Claude Debussy
Played often as background music
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User Reviews

This film haunts me
21 September 2004 | by (Montreat NC) – See all my reviews

"Portrait of Jeannie" ran again tonight on TCM and yet again I sat there mesmerized, and yes, admittedly in tears. It is a haunting film, one that once seen echoes in memory. It fulfills an ideal of love found and lost, with a promise that it will be found again, this time forever.

The use of Debussy is inspiring, as is the sepia tone shots which impressed me even more than the famed green tinted finale of the storm. I do wonder how that effect of sepia was achieved, as if a rough layer of burlap was draped over the lens to create a look of photographs from a lost age. It creates a sense of 19th and early 20th century images that is stunning. I was in NYC this summer for a couple of days and found myself at a bookstore on Columbus Circle doing a book signing. After I was finished there I wandered into Central Park, on a mission to find the locations of where the wonderful sequence of Jeannie, ice skating, meets Joseph Cotton and their first stunningly filmed encounter at night on a pathway. What a thrill to find those spot.

I grew up in NJ back in the 1950s and remember the stories about the great blizzard of 1948 and do wonder if that blizzard was used by the director for the incredible outdoor shots of Jeannie's first meeting with her lover born too late and the ice skating scene.

To any who have yet to see this film. You might be a cynic, jaded by all that our world tosses your way. This film can reawaken within you the dream, or memory of an ideal love, the bittersweet sense of loss and of promise. Believe me, I tend towards "guy" films, but with "Jeannie," cynic that I can be at times, I still pull out the box of tissues, sit back, have a good cry (something I don't admit to my macho friends) and marvel at the timelessness of this incredible film.


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