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The Song of Bernadette (1943)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | April 1945 (USA)
In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bernadette Soubirous
... Father Peyramale
... Prosecutor Vital Dutour
... Dr. Dozous
... Sister Marie Therese Vauzous
... Louise Soubirous
... François Soubirous
... Jeanne Abadie
... Empress Eugenie
... Mayor Lacade
... Jacomet
... Croisine Bouhouhorts
... Louis Bouriette
... Aunt Bernarde Casterot
Ermadean Walters ... Marie Soubirous
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In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the town, and transforms their lives. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Other than The Wizard of Oz (1939), "The Song of Bernadette" was one of the few pre-1950 major Hollywood films to be shown on American commercial network television before being sold to local stations. Others included the 1948 version of "Sorry Wrong Number", with Barbara Stanwyck, as well as some of David O. Selznick's releases from the 1940's such as "Portrait of Jennie" and "The Spiral Staircase". However, out of all these films, "The Wizard of Oz" is the only one that has never been sold to local stations; it is now shown on TV by Turner Broadcasting. See more »

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Incorrectly Regarded as a Goof: One of the reports to the Commission appears to be dated February 31, 1860. However, this is not the case. The date is actually written as February 3rd, 1860. In the word "3rd", the letter "d" after the number "3" is clear. However, the letter "r" is written in such a way that it could be mistaken as the number "1". See more »

Quotes

Bernadette: The spring is not for me.
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Crazy Credits

The credits say "Introducing Jennifer Jones as Bernadette", even though she had already appeared in 1939 in a Dick Tracy serial and a Western feature under her real name, Phyllis Isley. See more »

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This is now one of my 10 favorite movies ever.
1 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

I recently bought this movie, and just finished watching it the first time. All I can say is, WOW! Why doesn't Hollywood make movies like this anymore? I know, there's more money in showing gratuitous sex and violence...at least that's what they tell themselves. But for my hard-earned dough, nothing tops a film about the purity and innocence of faith, and that's what 'The Song of Bernadette' is all about. It's also good for quite a few laughs, as you see the imperial prosecutor's scheming against Bernadette fail time and time again. :)

My only complaint is that toward the end of the movie, I found myself wondering what was left to tell. Thankfully, I liked the answer and won't be complaining next time I watch it.

This film is a must-see, especially for my fellow Catholics. It's made my top 10 list...why not give it a chance to make yours?


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