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The Song of Bernadette ()


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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... See more »

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  • Won 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations.
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Bernadette Soubirous
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Father Peyramale
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Prosecutor Vital Dutour
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Dr. Dozous
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Sister Marie Therese Vauzous
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Louise Soubirous
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François Soubirous
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Jeanne Abadie
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Empress Eugenie
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Mayor Lacade
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Jacomet
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Croisine Bouhouhorts
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Louis Bouriette
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Aunt Bernarde Casterot
Ermadean Walters ...
Marie Soubirous
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Callet
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Dr. LeCramps (as Pedro De Cordoba)
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Emperor Louis Napoleon III
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Antoine Nicolau
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Louis V. Arco ...
Franciscan Monk (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Louis Bacigalupi ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Bates ...
Adolard Bouhouhorts - Age 7 (uncredited)
Ted Billings ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Madame Leontine Bruat (uncredited)
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Imperial Prince Louis (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ...
Gendarme (uncredited)
Lionel Braham ...
Baron Massey (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Mere Imbert (uncredited)
Marie Carrozza ...
Bernadette's Schoolmate (uncredited)
André Charlot ...
Bishop of Nevers (uncredited)
Davison Clark ...
Dominican Monk (uncredited)
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Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
Marjorie Cooley ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Stonemason (uncredited)
Armand Cortes ...
Franciscan Monk (uncredited)
Elvira Curci ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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The Virgin Mary (uncredited)
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Dominican Monk (uncredited)
Claudine De Luc ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Estrade (uncredited)
Richard DeNeut ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Young Nun (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Harry Denny ...
Priest (uncredited)
Pat Dillon ...
Adolard Bouhouhorts - as Infant (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
George Du Count ...
Doctor (uncredited)
Alicia Díaz ...
Bernadette's Schoolmate (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
Edythe Elliott ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Fred Essler ...
Minister of Justice (uncredited)
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Doctor with Empress' Baby (uncredited)
Antonio Filauri ...
Dominican Monk (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ...
Franciscan Monk (uncredited)
Ernest Golm ...
Scientist (uncredited)
John Maxwell Hayes ...
Father Pomian (uncredited)
Hans Herbert ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Margaret Hoffman ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Manart Kippen ...
Charles Bouhouhorts (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ...
Duran (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Leigh ...
Cleric (uncredited)
Connie Leon ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Madame Blanche - Townswoman (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ...
Huckster (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Joyce Miller ...
Bernadette's Schoolmate (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Adolard Bouhouhorts - Age 15 (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ...
Madame Nicolau (uncredited)
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Dr. Debeau (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Chaplain (uncredited)
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Maisongrosse (uncredited)
Alex Papana ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Nino Pipitone Jr. ...
Justin Soubirous (uncredited)
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Mayor's Secretary (uncredited)
Marie Pope ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Dr. St. Cyr (uncredited)
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Dominican Monk (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ...
Nun (uncredited)
Merrill Rodin ...
Jean Soubirous (uncredited)
Irina Semochenko ...
Bernadette's Schoolmate (uncredited)
Muni Seroff ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Dorothy Shearer ...
Mother Superior (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
George Sorel ...
Franciscan Monk (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ...
Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Tom Stevenson ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Woman Describing Baby's Recovery (uncredited)
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Doctor (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ...
Jacques Rousseau - Carpenter (uncredited)
Charles Waldron ...
Bishop of Tarbes (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ...
Nun (uncredited)
Lucille Ward ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Ruth Warren ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Minister of the Interior (uncredited)

Directed by

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Henry King

Written by

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George Seaton ... (screenplay)
 
Franz Werfel ... (novel)

Produced by

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William Perlberg ... producer

Music by

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Alfred Newman

Cinematography by

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Arthur C. Miller ... director of photography (as Arthur Miller)

Film Editing by

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Barbara McLean

Editorial Department

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Lyman Hallowell ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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James Basevi
William S. Darling ... (as William Darling)

Set Decoration by

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Thomas Little

Costume Design by

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René Hubert ... (as Rene Hubert)

Makeup Department

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Guy Pearce ... makeup artist
Ray Sebastian ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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William Goetz ... in charge of production
Robert D. Webb ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Joseph C. Behm ... assistant director (uncredited)
Albert R. Broccoli ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Frank E. Hughes ... associate set decorator

Sound Department

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Alfred Bruzlin ... sound
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)
Edmund H. Hansen ... sound director (uncredited)

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Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joseph LaShelle ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sam Benson ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman ... conductor (uncredited)

Other crew

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David O. Selznick ... Jennifer Jones appears by arrangement with
Lionel Bevans ... dialogue director (uncredited)
J.J. Devlin ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Ludwig Lewisohn ... translator: novel (uncredited)
Laure Lourié ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Father Mullane ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Franz Werfel ... production advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Here is greatness . . . wonder . . . and majesty . . . no human words can describe! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Franz Werfel's The Song of Bernadette (United States)
  • Le chant de Bernadette (France)
  • Das Lied von Bernadette (Germany)
  • La canción de Bernadette (Spain)
  • A Canção de Bernadette (Brazil)
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  • 156 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The Imperial Prosecutor Vital Dutour (played by Vincent Price) who investigates Bernadette's visions, is portrayed in the movie as an atheist and anti-religious persecutor. In real life, however, Dutour was a devout Catholic who thought that Bernadette Soubirous's visions were hallucinations. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Music for the Movies: The Hollywood Sound (1995). See more »
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 »
Quotes Mother Superior: Well, Doctor?
Dr. St. Cyr: Well, in addition to the large tumor on the knee, she has tuberculosis of the bone. She has never complained of pain?
Mother Superior: No. Sister?
Sister Marie Therese Verzous: [stunned by the news] She never mentioned it.
Dr. St. Cyr: I can't understand it. She's had this affliction for a long time, and the constant pain and suffering associated with this disease is almost too horrible to describe.
[Sister Marie Therese looks as if she had been struck a violent blow and walks off as if under a trance]
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