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The Blue Veil (1951)

Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse. As the years pass, and the widow tries to find her own place in life, her young charges,... See full summary »


Curtis Bernhardt, Busby Berkeley (uncredited)


François Campaux (story), Norman Corwin
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Louise Mason
Charles Laughton ... Fred K. Begley
Joan Blondell ... Annie Rawlins
Richard Carlson ... Gerald Kean
Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Palfrey
Don Taylor ... Dr. Robert Palfrey
Audrey Totter ... Helen Williams
Cyril Cusack ... Frank Hutchins
Everett Sloane ... District Attorney
Natalie Wood ... Stephanie Rawlins
Vivian Vance ... Alicia
Carleton G. Young ... Henry Palfrey
Alan Napier ... Prof. George Carter
Warner Anderson ... Bill Parker
Les Tremayne ... Joplin


Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse. As the years pass, and the widow tries to find her own place in life, her young charges, the children of various employers, grow and soon find themselves ready to face the world. When it seems that she will be alone, the nurse finds that her 'children' have ideas of their own in regards to helping their beloved mentor. Written by alfiehitchie

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Who is the real Mother of this Child? The woman who gave it life... or the woman who gave it love?




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Features Joan Blondell's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »


Louise Mason: I don't want anything .I... Are you going to let them take Tony away from me?
District Attorney: Much as I regret to say it, the law doesn't allow that he be left with you.
Louise Mason: She's never been a mother to him. Giving birth to a child doesn't make a mother. What about the thousand and million things that she doesn't know; that she'll never know about him? What does she know about the things that frighten him? Or how to comfort him when he wakes up in the night crying? All the little things about him. What if I had ...
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Crazy Credits

[prologue] "Who raises a child of his own flesh lives with nature; who raises a child of another's lives with God". MERITAS See more »

Alternate Versions

Remake of the french movie 'Le voile bleu' (1942) d. Jean Stelli See more »


Referenced in A King in New York (1957) See more »


Written by Bobby Troup
Sung by Joan Blondell
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World War 1 Tearjerker as Wyman Shines Taking Care of Children
8 December 2005 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Remember Channel 9 in New York City? So many times they would show the classic THE BLUE VEIL with Jane Wyman, Richard Carlson, Charles Laughton, Vivian Vance, Natalie Wood and Joan Blondell. It was part of what was known as THE MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE.

Go know that this magnificent film would disappear. Jane Wyman is now past 90 years of age. It would be a tribute to her to show this outrageously good movie.

While Wyman was nominated for best actress in it in 1951, she lost to Vivien Leigh in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Few people know that Wyman won the Golden Globe Award for best actress of the year for this remarkable film.

The film pulls out every emotional stop imaginable in depicting the life of a woman who cares for other people's children. The film begins with a newly widowed World War 1 Wyman losing her child after giving birth. From that point on, the viewer is taken on an emotional roller-coaster, as the film shows every situation she encounters while caring for other people's children. Affectionately known as Lulu, Wyman is at her best.

In tribute to the long career of Jane Wyman, this film should be released while she is still living. We should demand this.

After all these years, I was able to obtain a copy and I saw this wonderful film the other day. The picture is even better after all these years. Wyman is better than terrific here. She always played the part of the victim in her pictures. Those sad-dreary eyes will get to you. After 56 years, my eyes filled up with tears. This is an unforgettable tear-jerker of the highest quality. They sure knew how to make pictures in those years. What a wonderful supporting cast.

Wyman sacrifices her life to care for other people's children. How many women would do that in today's society? The opportunity was there to marry for convenience. Please note the fabulous performance of Charles Laughton in a supporting role, as a lonely widower left with an infant. He is totally out of his usual domineering character here. His performance is marvelous and well understated. Natalie Wood is just fine as Stephanie. She will also tug at your heart when she refers to Lulu (Wyman) as her mother when her own mother, played by nominated supporting actress Joan Blondell fails to arrive at her communion.

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Release Date:

26 November 1951 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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