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Portrait of Jennie
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Director:
Writers:
Robert Nathan (novel)
Leonardo Bercovici (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 April 1949 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
ARE YOU IN LOVE THIS WEEK? If you are - you'll get a double thrill from this most romantic of all love stories about a man who was in love with a girl who lived twenty years before his time. If you aren't - it may change your ideas on the subject for the rest of your life.
Plot:
A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
Very interesting, very hard to forget See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Jones ... Jennie Appleton

Joseph Cotten ... Eben Adams

Ethel Barrymore ... Miss Spinney

Lillian Gish ... Mother Mary of Mercy

Cecil Kellaway ... Matthews

David Wayne ... Gus O'Toole
Albert Sharpe ... Moore

Henry Hull ... Eke

Florence Bates ... Mrs. Jekes (landlady)

Felix Bressart ... Pete

Clem Bevans ... Capt. Cobb
Maude Simmons ... Clara Morgan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Dudley ... Another Old Mariner (uncredited)
John Farrell ... Policeman (uncredited)

Anne Francis ... Teenager in Art Gallery (uncredited)

Brian Keith ... Ice-Skating Extra (uncredited)

Nancy Olson ... Teenager in Art Gallery (uncredited)
Esther Somers ... Mrs. Bunce (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Ice-Skating Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
William Dieterle 
 
Writing credits
Robert Nathan (novel)

Leonardo Bercovici (adaptation)

Paul Osborn (screenplay) and
Peter Berneis (screenplay)

Ben Hecht  uncredited
David O. Selznick  uncredited

Produced by
David Hempstead .... associate producer
David O. Selznick .... producer
Cecil Barker .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (photographed by) (as Joseph August)
Lee Garmes (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
William Morgan 
 
Production Design by
J. McMillan Johnson 
 
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter  (as Claude Carpenter)
 
Costume Design by
Lucinda Ballard 
 
Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production manager (uncredited)
Dewey Starkey .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Fellows .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joseph B. Platt .... associate production designer
Robert Brackman .... portrait painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles L. Freeman .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Don McKay .... sound (uncredited)
James G. Stewart .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Clarence Slifer .... special effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
Russell Shearman .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Paul Eagler .... process and miniature photography (uncredited)
Robert Hansard .... effects projectionist (uncredited)
Harry L. Wolf .... special effects camera operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Curt Fetters .... camera operator (uncredited)
Don Malkames .... cinematographer: Central Park ice skating sequence, second unit (uncredited)
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Hill Johnstone .... assistant costume designer
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... based on themes of Claude Debussy
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Harold Byrns .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Dubin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Aubrey C. Lind .... music editor (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music adaptor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Clem Beauchamp .... staff executive
Mel Berns .... staff executive
Arthur Fellows .... staff executive
Larry Germain .... staff executive
Don McKay .... staff executive
William Morgan .... staff executive
Argyle Nelson .... staff executive
Lydia Schiller .... staff executive
David O. Selznick .... presenter
James G. Stewart .... staff executive
Gerard Wilson .... staff executive
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Eagler .... staff executive (uncredited)
Paul MacNamara .... publicity director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Robert Brackman .... grateful acknowledgment
Bernard Herrmann .... grateful acknowledgment
 
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Runtime:
86 min
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Color:
Black and White (green tint and sepia tone for final reel, excluding last shot) | Color (Technicolor) (final shot)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (1956) (5.0) (L-R) | Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
David Wayne and Albert Sharpe, who both have supporting roles in this film, were the stars of the original stage production of "Finian's Rainbow". That play opened on Broadway the year before this film was released and was playing there at the same time this film was shooting.. Wayne' played a taxi driver and Eban's best friend and took the place of Adams' fellow artist Arne, who was his friend in the original novella as well as early versions of the screenplay.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the scene where Eben first meets Jennie in the park, the snow on the front of her coat comes and goes.See more »
Quotes:
Miss Spinney:Don't be soft, Matthews. I'm an old maid, and nobody knows more about love than an old maid.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sesión continua (1984)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jennie's SongSee more »

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44 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Very interesting, very hard to forget, 31 October 2003
Author: Boyo-2 from Brooklyn NY

This movie has quite a lot going for it.

First of all, it is beautifully photographed - at times it looks as though you are watching a portrait moving. The acting is all terrific - Joseph Cotten is perfect as a down-on-his-luck artist who begins by selling a print to Cecil Kellaway and Ethel Barrymore. They encourage him to draw people rather than the still life pictures he'd been doing. He eventually runs into Jennie in Central Park and she intrigues him, to say the least. She mentions places and times that have long passed and sings a song that he cannot forget. The next time he runs into her she's grown up a little, then every time they see one another she'd matured more and more. They normally see each other in Central Park but he does her portrait and its a masterpiece.

Movie is very unconventional for its time - there are no opening credits, the end credits are listed as "The actors are Jennifer Jones, etc., The Supporting Actors are Ethel Barrymore, etc."; a black woman is used as an actual character rather than some sort of domestic; and its not all wrapped up in a pretty bow at the end. It might seem wordy and silly to some, but I really loved it.

I've admired Jennifer Jones since seeing "The Song of Bernadette" as a kid. Aside from that movie and "Beat the Devil", unfortunately I haven't seen a lot of her movies that seemed up to her talent. In this, she is exceptionally good and its not just a showcase for her talents put on screen by David O. Selznick - in reality, she's in it far less than Cotten.

I understand the movie won an Oscar for the special effects, which are good but I didn't need them to love the movie. 9/10.

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