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Devotion (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 20 April 1946 (USA)
Genius authors Emily and Charlotte Bronte fall in love with their curate as they seek to get their work published.


Curtis Bernhardt


Keith Winter (screenplay), Theodore Reeves (original story)




Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Emily Brontë
Paul Henreid ... Rev. Arthur Nicholls
Olivia de Havilland ... Charlotte Brontë (as Olivia DeHavilland)
Sydney Greenstreet ... William Makepeace Thackeray
Nancy Coleman ... Anne Brontë
Arthur Kennedy ... Branwell Brontë
May Whitty ... Lady Thornton (as Dame May Whitty)
Victor Francen ... Constantin Heger
Montagu Love ... Rev. Brontë
Ethel Griffies ... Aunt Elizabeth Branwell


In Victorian England, literary siblings Emily and Charlotte Bronte vie for the affection of the Reverend Arthur Nichols. Along with their sister Anne, Emily and Charlotte also try to help their tormented brother Branwell, a gifted artist whose life is being destroyed by alcohol. Written by Daniel Bubbeo

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It tells ALL about those Brontë sisters!...They didn't dare call it love- they tried to call it Devotion See more »


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Prominently featured supporting actor Montagu Love had been dead for almost three years by the time the picture was released. See more »


An invitation printed in 1847 identifies August 3rd as a Wednesday, but that date that year was a Tuesday. See more »


Charlotte Bronte: I know nothing. I understand nothing. And yet, I have dared to write 200,000 words about life!
[tosses manuscript on floor]
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A century ago there lived, upon the Yorkshire moors of England, three sisters and a brother, all of great talent -- and two with genius. Their name was Bronte, their novels are classics which will endure forever - but they themselves lived a story as rare and remarkable as any they dreamed. See more »


Featured in Between Two Worlds: Erich Wolfgang Korngold (2001) See more »

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Historically inaccurate but entertaining nonetheless
16 June 2007 | by hrd1963See all my reviews

Romanticized account of the life of the Brontes with particular emphasis of course on older sisters Charlotte and Emily. It's slow moving at times and should not be relied upon for historical accuracy but, of its kind, it's fairly well done and entertaining. Olivia de Havilland (looking very pretty) is the imperious and ambitious Charlotte, aggressively courting literary success, while Ida Lupino, as Emily, remains at home, engaging in fanciful reverie and harboring a secret passion for the local clergyman. Both offer strong, capable performances. (It's been said that de Havilland, who had been fighting with Warner Brothers over better scripts, was given third billing as punishment by studio chief Jack Warner. By the time the film was released, in 1946, she had successfully sued the studio for release from her contract and would go on to win two Oscars as Best Actress). Nancy Coleman has the thankless role of younger sister Anne, Arthur Kennedy is their dissolute brother Branwell (his self-destructiveness is never adequately explained and simply becomes tedious after a while) and Paul Henreid is the Reverend Arthur Nichols, the object of Emily's unrequited affection (a contrivance thought up by the screenwriter). With Sydney Greenstreet as the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray and Montagu Love, Ethel Griffies, Victor Francen, Odette Myrtil and Dame May Witty.

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English | French

Release Date:

20 April 1946 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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