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Johnny Belinda (14-Sep-1948)

Director: Jean Negulesco

Writers: Irmgard Von Cube; Allen Vincent

From a play by: Elmer Harris

Music by: Max Steiner

Producer: Jerry Wald

Keywords: Drama, Deafness, Rape, Pregnancy

Deaf mute Belinda MacDonald is treated poorly in her isolated Nova Scotia village; a newcomer, Dr. Richardson, teachers her to read and sign. Belinda is later raped and grows visibly pregnant; the villagers, unaware of the circumstances of the rape, believe Richardson scandalously responsible for her pregnancy. Jane Wyman won the Oscar for Best Actress; the film received 11 additional nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor and Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and Best Dramatic Score.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lew Ayres
28-Dec-1908 30-Dec-1996 All Quiet on the Western Front
Charles Bickford
1-Jan-1891 9-Nov-1967 The Song of Bernadette
Stephen McNally
29-Jul-1913 4-Jun-1994 Winchester '73
Ida Moore
1-Mar-1882 26-Sep-1964 American character actress
Agnes Moorehead
6-Dec-1900 30-Apr-1974 Endora on Bewitched
Alan Napier
7-Jan-1903 8-Aug-1988 Alfred on Batman
Dan Seymour
22-Feb-1915 25-May-1993 Return of the Fly
Jan Sterling
3-Apr-1921 26-Mar-2004 Ace in the Hole
Jane Wyman
5-Jan-1917 10-Sep-2007 Falcon Crest


Jane Wyman   ...   Belinda McDonald
Lew Ayres   ...   Dr. Robert Richardson
Charles Bickford   ...   Black McDonald
Agnes Moorehead   ...   Aggie McDonald
Stephen McNally   ...   Locky McCormick
Jan Sterling   ...   Stella McGuire
Rosalind Ivan   ...   Mrs. Poggety
Dan Seymour   ...   Pacquet
Mabel Paige   ...   Mrs. Lutz
Ida Moore   ...   Mrs. McKee
Alan Napier   ...   Defense Attorney


Review by anonymous (posted on 23-Aug-2006)

Saw this film on release and still play the video now and again. The music by Max Steiner - though now seeming a bit too rich - was fantastic at the time.. Considering Wyman was 34 years of age and playing a sixteen year-old - what an actress. Apparently Jack Warner felt it only fit to 'stuff in cans and leave on the shelf' - quoted from Wyman's biography. Poor old Stephen McNally was booed off the screen when I first saw it. Now, only Wyman survives. GREAT GREAT GREAT - on a par with Olivia de Havilland's performance in 'The Heiress' around the same time. Regards Gordon Harper Stevenage Herts UK

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