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Portrait of Jennie (25-Dec-1948)

Director: William Dieterle

Writers: Paul Osborn; Peter Berneis; Leonardo Bercovici

From novel: Portrait of Jennie by Robert Nathan

Music Score Written and Conducted by: Dimitri Tiomkin

Producer: David O. Selznick

Keywords: Romantic Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ethel Barrymore
15-Aug-1879 18-Jun-1959 None But the Lonely Heart
Florence Bates
15-Apr-1888 31-Jan-1954 The Moon and Sixpence
Clem Bevans
16-Oct-1879 11-Aug-1963 Saboteur
Felix Bressart
2-Mar-1892 17-Mar-1949 To Be or Not to Be
Joseph Cotten
15-May-1905 6-Feb-1994 Jedidiah Leland in Citizen Kane
Lillian Gish
14-Oct-1893 27-Feb-1993 Silent film actress, director
Henry Hull
3-Oct-1890 8-Mar-1977 Werewolf of London
Jennifer Jones
2-Mar-1919 17-Dec-2009 The Song of Bernadette
Cecil Kellaway
22-Aug-1893 28-Feb-1973 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Albert Sharpe
15-Apr-1885 13-Feb-1970 Darby O'Gill and the Little People
David Wayne
30-Jan-1914 9-Feb-1995 The Andromeda Strain


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


Review by Raymond Rosario (posted on 13-Mar-2005)

Portrait of Jenny is a wonderful example of a great romantic fantasy story made all the more believable by the fine acting of Joseph Cotten and Jennifer Jones. This movie convinces the viewer that love is truly indestructable without resort to any unusual special effect. It is the type of movie making that I miss.

The use of Debussy's music is an added plus. The wonderful movie score truly captures the magic of the romance between Eben Adams and Jennie Appleton.

In short if you want to fall in love, watch this movie! The script, the acting, the music. It's all there.

Review by anonymous (posted on 8-Aug-2006)

This is a very ethereal film made all the more wonderful by both the music and star performances. Miss Spinney (Ethel Barrymore) is sublime as always playing the old maid so obviously in love with artist Eben Adams (Joseph Cotton) who in his turn loves Jenny (Jenifer Jones) who is far too young for him. The magical atmospheric changes when the ghost appears are beautifully crafted as are the storm scenes at the end of the picture. All in all this film is a must for all fans of Ethel Barrymore and for those who have as yet to see her work.

Review by Rosie Lynch (posted on 18-May-2007)

This is such a gripping movie. With wonderful actors and the use of Debussy's mysterious music makes this film truly wonderful. Excellent Overall, If you haven't seen it watch it and for those who have i am sure you will agree that this is one film you can watch over and over again. Rosie

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