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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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Release Date:

22 April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tidal Wave  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,041,000 (estimated)
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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After the film flopped at the box-office, the film was re-released under the title "Tidal Wave" in 1950, marketing it to a different audience in the hopes of making a profit. The re-release also flopped. See more »

Goofs

During Eben's conversation with Pete, it becomes clear that Pete's moustache is fake when it starts to come away from his face. See more »

Quotes

Jennie Appleton: I hate for it to stop, because when will we ever have it again?
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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

Featured in Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Jennie's Song
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Music by Bernard Herrmann
Lyrics by Robert Nathan
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User Reviews

 
A surprisingly simple and wonderful gift!
25 December 1999 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Years ago, during Christmas season, "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946) made a huge difference in an otherwise humbug seasonal experience, one all too typical for me. Today, Christmas 1999, "Portrait of Jennie" (1948) gave me the same renewal of spirit and belief in transcendant human values. Similar themes and techniques underlay both films. Hopelessness and a search for meaning and redemption is met in each by a mystical and transforming experience. Black and white photography artfully supports and enhances the plot, especially in "Portrait of Jeannie". Transcendence of monetary woes is another common thread. Unlike the Jimmy Stewart character in "It's A Wonderful Life", Joseph Cotton's struggling artist is doing what he wants to do, not lost in regrets over missed opportunities. Still he is lost, alone and unsatisfied. He finds his salvation in his work, when inspired by a ghostly acquaintance (Jennifer Jones). While there is a nod to traditional religion, the underlying theme of "I believe, if you believe" outweighs any mixed messages. The film unfolds steadily and predictably, but ultimately gives the gifts of hope and joy to any viewer. In my case I would add: despite the viewers original mood. Films like these don't come along too often. Without an ounce of traditional Christmas symbolism this film should be another holiday classic. The transition from humbug to hope is a classic holiday story and gift! As a perennial grouch at Christmas, I am surprised to find another one like it again. Just last night I said humbug to watching "It's a Wonderful Life Again." There must have been something in those post-war years when hope and optimism came rushing back filling the screen, replacing the fear and despair felt by so many. Whatever, give yourself a gift and watch this movie sometime, then pass it along. I'm glad I did!


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