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Robert Nathan (novel)
Leonardo Bercovici (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 April 1949 (USA) See more »
A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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One of the greatest stories of true love ever filmed See more (114 total) »


  (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)

Nancy Reagan ... 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)
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
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 .... 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)
Robert Brackman .... grateful acknowledgment
Bernard Herrmann .... grateful acknowledgment
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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86 min
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)

Did You Know?

This was cinematographer Joseph H. August's last film. He died in late 1947 from a heart attack before the long and tumultuous production was completed, and was posthumously nominated for an Academy Award for Best Black & White Cinematography in 1949. Lee Garmes finished shooting the film, uncredited.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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References Thunder Rock (1942)See more »
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Who/what is 'Shan Van Vocht' mentioned at the unveiling of the portrait of Mick Collins?
Which of the three schoolgirls is Nancy Reagan?
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53 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
One of the greatest stories of true love ever filmed, 1 January 2005
Author: fertilecelluloid from Mountains of Madness

A bittersweet sense of melancholy permeates this stunning romantic fantasy, a film produced by David Selznick as a cinematic altar to his wife Jennifer Jones.

I adored Jones in Henry King's THE SONG OF BERNADETTE, but I love Jones (almost as much as Joseph Cotten did) in PORTRAIT OF JENNIE.

Cotten is Eben Adams, an artist who meets the enigmatic Jennie (Jones) in Central Park. Their time together is always limited for Jennie is compelled to return home to a place Cotten will never visit.

At first just a sweet schoolgirl, Jennie appears to have aged unnaturally every time she re-appears to Cotten -- eventually, she is old enough to acknowledge Cotten's romantic and carnal intentions towards her.

This unusual, unique studio pic epitomizes "dreamy" for it is exceptionally surreal and photographed in a strange, re-texturized black and white (von Trier's amazing BREAKING THE WAVES used a similar technique to introduce new scenes).

The climax, staged on a storm-swept island, is absolutely beautiful and immensely tragic.

Some have dismissed PORTRAIT OF JENNIE as amounting to nothing more than a series of pretty pictures. I passionately disagree. It is one of the greatest stories of true love ever filmed, and there is nothing false in its intensity or tone (not if you have loved like this).

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