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Pinky (1949)

Approved | | Drama | November 1949 (USA)
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A light-skinned black woman falls in love with a white doctor, though he is unaware of her true race.

Directors:

Elia Kazan, John Ford (uncredited)

Writers:

Cid Ricketts Sumner (novel), Philip Dunne (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Patricia 'Pinky' Johnson
Ethel Barrymore ... Miss Em
Ethel Waters ... Dicey Johnson
William Lundigan ... Dr. Thomas Adams
Basil Ruysdael ... Judge Walker
Kenny Washington Kenny Washington ... Dr. Canady
Nina Mae McKinney ... Rozelia
Griff Barnett ... Dr. Joseph 'Doc Joe' McGill
Frederick O'Neal ... Jake Walters
Evelyn Varden ... Melba Wooley
Raymond Greenleaf ... Judge Shoreham
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Storyline

Pinky, a light skinned black woman, returns to her grandmother's house in the South after graduating from a Northern nursing school. Pinky tells her grandmother that she has been "passing" for white while at school in the North. In addition, Pinky has fallen in love with a young white doctor, Dr. Thomas Adams, who knows nothing about her black heritage. Pinky says that she will return to the North, but Granny Johnson convinces her to stay and treat an ailing white woman, Miss Em. Meanwhile, Dr. Canady, a black physician from another part of the state, visits Pinky and asks her to train some African American students, but she declines. Pinky nurses Miss Em but is resentful because she seems to feel that she is doing the same thing her grandmother did. Pinky and Miss Em slowly develop a mutual respect for one another. Mrs. Em leaves Pinky her property when she dies, but relatives of the deceased woman contest the new will in court. To raise money for the court fees, Pinky washes clothes... Written by Broncine G. Carter

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The love story of a girl who passed for white! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,200,000
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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

Features both Jeanne Crain's and Ethel Waters's only Oscar nominated performances. See more »

Goofs

When actress Nina May Mckinney's character gets slapped on the left side of her face by the white officer, Nina mistakenly rubs the right side of her face. See more »

Quotes

Judge Walker: The expressed wishes of the dead should not be set aside to gratify the greed or the prejudice of the living.
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Connections

Referenced in Black Shadows on the Silver Screen (1975) See more »

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A hidden classic.
20 November 2001 | by cmykleftySee all my reviews

Pinky is about a woman who moves backs home to her ailing grandmother, who lives on a plantation. The grandmother caring for her plantation owner employer. When the owner names Pinky heiress to her estate, the community resent and trigger a court trial. She is faced with bigotry and prejudice because of her mixed heritage. This movie is made in 1949, but it still give a message today people towards indifference for each other.


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