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Pinky (1949)

 -  Drama  -  November 1949 (USA)
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A light-skinned African American woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

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Pinky, a light skinned black woman, returns to her grandmother's house in the South after graduating from a Northern nursing school. Pinky tells her grandmother that she has been "passing" for white while at school in the North. In addition, Pinky has fallen in love with a young white doctor, Dr. Thomas Adams, who knows nothing about her black heritage. Pinky says that she will return to the North, but Granny Johnson convinces her to stay and treat an ailing white woman, Miss Em. Meanwhile, Dr. Canady, a black physician from another part of the state, visits Pinky and asks her to train some African American students, but she declines. Pinky nurses Miss Em but is resentful because she seems to feel that she is doing the same thing her grandmother did. Pinky and Miss Em slowly develop a mutual respect for one another. Mrs. Em leaves Pinky her property when she dies, but relatives of the deceased woman contest the new will in court. To raise money for the court fees, Pinky washes clothes... Written by Broncine G. Carter

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The love story of a girl who passed for white! See more »

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November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo que la carne hereda  »

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$4,200,000 (USA)
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John Ford was the original director of the film, but after seeing dailies Darryl F. Zanuck felt Ford wasn't connecting with the material. Zanuck called Elia Kazan in New York and asked him to take over the film. Kazan felt he owed Zanuck for his film career, and agreed to do the movie without even looking at the script. He flew to Los Angeles and started filming the next Monday. See more »

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When actress Nina May Mckinney's character gets slapped on the left side of her face by the white officer, Nina mistakenly rubs the right side of her face. See more »

Quotes

Patricia 'Pinky' Johnson: Miss Em told me to always be myself, not to pretend. You told me that after I marry you, there won't be a Pinky Johnson anymore. How can I be myself if there's no Pinky Johnson anymore?
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Do-gooder drama purports to be 'brave', but is more hesitant than anything else...
10 February 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Racial-issue melodrama has light-skinned black nurse (Jeanne Crain, improbably cast but doing good work) named a recipient in the will of a wealthy white Southern dowager whom the nurse took care of in her final days; the will is contested by the deceased woman's greedy cousin, who is shown not only to be racist but a bigot and a liar as well. Atmospheric actors' piece, adapted from Cid Ricketts Sumner's book, allows white actress Crain to have a white boyfriend, but very little contact with the blacks on-screen (Pinky's own people!). There's a balky hesitancy detectable right from the start, and director Elia Kazan does very little to warm up the scenario. Still, the slim plot becomes absorbing by the second-half, with only the audience pulling for the resilient screen heroine. Crain has been directed to wear a racial chip on her shoulder with both pride and defensiveness (mostly she just looks unhappy). I didn't quite believe her relationship with laundress-grandmother Ethel Waters (who disappears after the courtroom sequence, one in which Pinky doesn't even take the stand in her own defense); however, Crain's misty-eyed, youthful determination brings out something extra in the role which neither the script nor the direction accounted for. She's tough, certainly, and stubborn, but she's also an intelligent presence--nobody's victim--and she garners our respect. Crain, Waters, and Ethel Barrymore (doing her usual dryly-bemused turn) all received Oscar nominations. **1/2 from ****


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