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Director:
Writers:
Cid Ricketts Sumner (novel)
Philip Dunne (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
November 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The love story of a girl who passed for white! See more »
Plot:
A light-skinned African American woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Viewing a film 40 years later See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jeanne Crain ... Patricia 'Pinky' Johnson

Ethel Barrymore ... Miss Em

Ethel Waters ... Pinky's Granny
William Lundigan ... Dr. Thomas Adams
Basil Ruysdael ... Judge Walker
Kenny Washington ... Dr. Canady

Nina Mae McKinney ... Rozelia
Griff Barnett ... Dr. Joe McGill
Frederick O'Neal ... Jake Walters
Evelyn Varden ... Melba Wooley
Raymond Greenleaf ... Judge Shoreham
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shelby Bacon ... Boy (uncredited)
Betty Beard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rene Beard ... Teejore (uncredited)
Patsy Boniface ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mildred Boyd ... Nurse (uncredited)
Preston Braxton ... Boy (uncredited)
Margaret Brayton ... Nurse (uncredited)

Paul Brinegar ... Western Union Clerk (uncredited)
Eve Conrad ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bert Conway ... Loafer (uncredited)
Josette Deegan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dick Dickinson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bobby Dugan ... Nurse (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Mr. Jeffers Wooley (uncredited)
William Hansen ... Mr. Goolby (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Police Chief (uncredited)
Jean Inness ... Viola, Saleslady (uncredited)
Wilfred Jackson ... Boy (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Beverly Ruth Jordan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Geraldine Jordan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pat Kane ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Philip Kieffer ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Read Killgore ... Loafer (uncredited)
Warren Mace ... Intern (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... George, Wooleys' Chauffeur (uncredited)

Juanita Moore ... Nurse (uncredited)
Noble "Kid" Chissell ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Tonya Overstreet ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ruth Rickaby ... Matron (uncredited)
Dan Riss ... Mr. Stanley, Wooleys' Attorney (uncredited)
Katherine Sparks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Spaulding ... Medical Director (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Bess Wade ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Pat Walshe ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Blue Washington ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jasper Weldon ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
John Ford (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Cid Ricketts Sumner (novel)

Philip Dunne (screenplay) and
Dudley Nichols (screenplay)

Elia Kazan  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)
Jane White  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald (director of photography) (as Joe MacDonald)
 
Film Editing by
Harmon Jones 
 
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Addie Baker .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank Prehoda .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lillian Ugrin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Corey .... grip (uncredited)
Les Everson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Til Gabani .... camera operator (uncredited)
Anthony Ugrin .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
Rose Steinberg .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #13731)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lena Horne initially campaigned to play the title role in this movie (she was light enough to photograph "white"), but in the end, the movie studio felt white American audiences would feel more comfortable with a white actress, especially since love scenes with a white actor were involved.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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?See more »
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45 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Viewing a film 40 years later, 18 October 2001
Author: IRVIN8 from st. monica

I saw this film some years after it came out, in a Texas Baptist orphans home, as a preadolescent. In the years to follow, I developed a fascination for Ethel Waters, esp. when I saw her interpretation of Carson McCuller's "A Member of the Wedding".

When I saw the film tonight on American Movie Classics, a lot of years had passed since first having seen it. Ethel Waters' performance struck me as cowed and subservient. In the court scene while being questioned by the plaintiff's council, she actually flinched when he raised his voice. ...And I'm thinking, 'Damn, that woman is really intimidated.' Having read her autobio, as well as a bio on her, I'm aware that not one woman in a million suffered through a similar childhood: a b*****d born of a 13-year-old rape victim - unwanted and shuffled from pillar to post to eventually become a washerwoman...it's a wonder she survived.

Yet survive she did. Not surprisingly, she had a monster chip on her shoulder. It is my understanding that John Ford, the man who was to direct "Pinky", had such a run-in with Miss Waters that he quit, and Kazan took over. The word is that neither could stand the sight of the other.

The movie is an important one - and I'd like to think that the reason goes beyond the juxtapositioning of America's treatment of blacks in the Forties with today's suffocating PC standards. There is the understated acting, for one thing. Ethel Barrymore always played the dignified albiet intimidating elderly lady in her later years. Yet in "Pinky", she is strong without being absurdly powerful. How well that woman delivers her lines...!

What I also liked was, while the white majority were unkind to Pinky, I can attest as a Southerner (well, Texan), that Kazan presented them truthfully. He only demonized one woman: the older cousin-plaintiff.

It is surprising that this film wasn't presented in a more gritty format; that there wasn't more preaching in it, that it wasn't condescending to whites. None of these failings mar this splendid film. Forty years after having seen it, I realize a superb gentleness that isn't to be found in American films. At a guess, that's because a generation ago most films were made for 30-and-over adults, whereas today they're almost exclusively made for 13 - 25 year olds.

I will give "Pinky" my highest compliment: It is literary.

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