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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 »
Genre:
Plot:
A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A surprisingly simple and wonderful gift! See more (111 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 (as Albert Sharp)

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)
 
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 and sepia tints 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)
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Trivia:
Special effects: Although almost the entire film is in black and white, the tidal wave sequence towards the end is shown in green tint, and the final shot of the completed portrait of Jennie is in full Technicolor. The original theatrical releases in Los Angeles (Carthay Circle Theatre), New York (Rivoli Theatre) and Boston (Esquire & Mayflower Theatres) presented the tidal wave sequence in Magnascope on the Cycloramic screen with Multi-Sound. The Cycloramic screen was claimed to be more reflective than regular screens with no distortion visible from any seat in the theatre, Multi-Sound was an early version of a Surround Sound-type speaker installation. Bosley Crowther, film critic for the New York Times, described it as "a howling hurricane that will blast you out of your seat."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:
Jennie Appleton:I hate for it to stop, because when will we ever have it again?See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Whoopee Party (1932)See more »
Soundtrack:
Arabesque No. 1 in ESee more »

FAQ

Is there really a portrait of Jennie hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
Who/what is 'Shan Van Vocht' mentioned at the unveiling of the portrait of Mick Collins?
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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A surprisingly simple and wonderful gift!, 25 December 1999
Author: Ron'46 (rwb@starii.net) from Texas

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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