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Jane Eyre (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 7 April 1944 (USA)
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After a harsh childhood, orphan Jane Eyre is hired by Edward Rochester, the brooding lord of a mysterious manor house, to care for his young daughter.

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Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Charlotte Brontë (by), Aldous Huxley (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Orson Welles ... Edward Rochester
Joan Fontaine ... Jane Eyre
Margaret O'Brien ... Adele Varens
Peggy Ann Garner ... Jane Eyre as a Child
John Sutton ... Dr. Rivers
Sara Allgood ... Bessie
Henry Daniell ... Henry Brocklehurst
Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Reed
Aubrey Mather ... Colonel Dent
Edith Barrett ... Mrs. Fairfax
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Lady Ingraham
Hillary Brooke ... Blanche Ingraham
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Storyline

Small, plain and poor, Jane Eyre comes to Thornfield Hall as governess to the young ward of Edward Rochester. Denied love all her life, Jane can't help but be attracted to the intelligent, vibrant, energetic Mr. Rochester, a man twice her age. But just when Mr. Rochester seems to be returning the attention, he invites the beautiful and wealthy Blanche Ingram and her party to stay at his estate. Meanwhile, the secret of Thornfield Hall could ruin all their chances for happiness. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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A Love Story Every Woman Would Die a Thousand Deaths to Live! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Waise von Lowood See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,705,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,815,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles did enough work behind the scenes that the production company offered him a producer credit, which he turned down. Welles' official reason for this is a belief that a person who is not directing the film shouldn't be "just" a producer. See more »

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When the girls are lined up at the Lowood school for their medical inspections, each says "Ahhhh" with their mouth open as the doctor passes. But the doctor never even looks in their mouths and their heads aren't tilted so he can. The doctor who is a "good" character is just going through the motions, or doesn't understand the basics. See more »

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[first lines]
Jane Eyre: [narrating] My name is Jane Eyre... I was born in 1820, a harsh time of change in England. Money and position seemed all that mattered. Charity was a cold and disagreeable word. Religion too often wore a mask of bigotry and cruelty. There was no proper place for the poor or the unfortunate. I had no father or mother, brother or sister. As a child I lived with my aunt, Mrs. Reed of Gateshead Hall. I do not remember that she ever spoke one kind word to me.
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a brooding,windswept moors-type film
10 July 2004 | by dmsorgeSee all my reviews

I found Joan Fontaine's performance as Jane Eyre as one of the more satisfying of her career,in that she was less histrionic than usual.I thought of her as not-to-the manor-born,but could,and did,achieve the position of governess in that social register of Edward Rochester by being quiet,smiling,and,in the words of Spencer Tracy,"don't bump into the furniture." Of course,Jane learned harshly,in her youth,the hard,cold facts of life.Mr.Rochester was enough to scare the wits out of any delicate woman like Jane.But,she was quiet,smiling,and didn't bump into the furniture,and,thereby,won his respect--and love.She could play the piano--and speak French,too.That helped to cement their relationship.Miss Fontaine's performance was gentle and in perfect pitch.Orson Welles' performance was an interesting study of character development,from over-bearing--even rude,to controlled kindness and deep concern for Jane's welfare.A fine film,good to watch.


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