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Portrait of Jennie (1948)

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A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist.

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Cast

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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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Release Date:

22 April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tidal Wave  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,041,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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(1956) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 31, 1949 with Joseph Cotten reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

While talking to Eke, Eben is standing on the left of the screen. After a close-up shot of Eke, Eben is on the right. See more »

Quotes

Jennie Appleton: I wish that you would wait for me to grow up so that we could always be together.
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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

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Soundtracks

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Music by Claude Debussy
Heard over opening narration
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User Reviews

 
What a man will do for love.
2 August 2003 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

William Dieterle directs a wonderful romantic fantasy evocative of the lonesome and lovesick . Kudos to the special effects staff and Dimitri Tiomkin for the haunting soundtrack. A down-on-his-luck artist(Joseph Cotten)gets inspiration from an otherworldly girl(Jennifer Jones).A little picture becomes bigger and memorable because of its ensemble cast. Near perfection are Ethel Barrymore, David Wayne and Cotten and the beautiful Jones. Also in the cast are Cecil Kellaway and Lillian Gish. Unusual and memorable is a scene near the finale filmed in a green tint and the climax in full color. Pretty cool for a black and white movie. Thanks to PBS for airing this almost forgotten film.


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