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Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Fantasy | 22 April 1949 (USA)
A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Robert Nathan (from the book by), Paul Osborn (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... Jennie Appleton
Joseph Cotten ... Eben Adams
Ethel Barrymore ... Miss Spinney
Lillian Gish ... Mother Mary of Mercy
Cecil Kellaway ... Matthews
David Wayne ... Gus O'Toole
Albert Sharpe Albert Sharpe ... Moore
Henry Hull ... Eke
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Jekes (landlady)
Felix Bressart ... Pete
Clem Bevans ... Capt. Cobb
Maude Simmons Maude Simmons ... Clara Morgan
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Storyline

Eben Adams is a talented but struggling artist in Depression era New York who has never been able to find inspiration for a painting. One day, after he finally finds someone to buy a painting from him, a pretty but odd young girl named Jennie Appleton appears and strikes up an unusual friendship with Eben. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno (a.moreno@mindspring.com) with correction by John Knoderer (GodLovesEveryone.org@mazes.com)

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ARE YOU IN LOVE THIS WEEK? If you are - you'll get a double thrill from this most romantic of all love stories about a man who was in love with a girl who lived twenty years before his time. If you aren't - it may change your ideas on the subject for the rest of your life.


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tidal Wave See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,041,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (1956) (5.0) (L-R)| Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (green tint and sepia tone for final reel, excluding last shot)| Color (Technicolor) (final shot)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 10, 1950 with Joseph Cotten reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Whilst talking to Eke, Eben is standing on the left of the screen. After a close-up shot of Eke, Eben is on the right. See more »

Quotes

Jennie Appleton: [singing] Where I come from nobody knows and where I am going everything goes. The wind blows, the sea flows, nobody knows. And where I am going, nobody knows.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with a book entitled THE PAINTINGS OF EBEN ADAMS with the inside page headed PORTRAIT OF JENNIE

Dated 1934

H · 30: W · 25 INCHES See more »

Alternate Versions

During premiere engagements, the climactic storm sequence, along with being tinted green, was screened in Magnascope, an early widescreen format. At the beginning of the sequence the curtains surrounding the screen would open, and the scene would fill the wider screen surface. At the end of the scene the curtains closed, and the remainder of the film was shown in its 1:1.37 ratio format. See more »

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Features The Whoopee Party (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Jennie's Song
(uncredited)
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Lyrics by Gordon Burdge
Sung by Jennifer Jones
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Romance and fantasy in this sensational classic movie from the 40s
26 February 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture starts with two poems of famous writers: ¨Who knoeth if to die be but to live..and that called life by mortals be but death?¨by Euripides and ¨Beauty is truth ,truth beauty,that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know¨by Keats.When a penniless painter(Joseph Cotten) is walking in N.Y city during the great depression ,he finds a mysterious girl named Jennie Appleton(Jennifer Jones).The otherworldly Jennie inspires to the failed artist,but previously he has never been able to encounter the inspiration and now he's painting wonderful paintings.Meanwhile he knows an old spinster(Ethel Barrymore) and a painting merchant(Cecil Kallaway).But the strange Jennie disappears and he asks in a convent where the Mother Mary(Lilian Gish) knew her long time ago.

It's an enjoyable and fantastic romance story where duo protagonist is awesome.The script relies heavily on the relationship between the two starring but it doesn't originate boring.It's a brilliant romantic tale and though is slow-moving isn't tired .Jennifer Jones(David O'Selznick's wife) is gorgeous with her sweet and attractive countenance.Joseph Cotten is magnificent as the artist looking for inspiration.Sensitive,sensible score, including a musical leitmotif,by Dimitri Tiomkin added music from the classic Claude Debussy.Lush black and white cinematography by Joseph Lawrence and with the last part tinted in green and ending image about Jennie portrait in Technicolor.The movie won an Academy Award for especial effects.Besides is produced by the great producer David O'Selznick(Gone with the wind,Duel in the sun,Third man).The motion picture is excellently directed by William Dieterle,author of several classics cinema(Hunchback of Notre Dame,Blockade) and autobiographies specialist( Juarez,Emile Zola,Reuter,Louis Pasteur,Dr.Erlich).The movie will like to romantic movies fans.Rating : Above average.


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