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Johnny Belinda

Johnny Belinda

Jane Wyman
Director: Jean Negulesco Cast: Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
, Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
, Charles Bickford
Charles Bickford
Jean Negulesco

DVD (Full Frame)

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After years of dumb-blonde and best-friend roles, Jane Wyman proved her skills as a dramatic actress -- and won an Academy Award in the bargain -- in Johnny Belinda. Adapted from a stage play by Elmer Harris, the story takes place in Nova Scotia, where deaf-mute Belinda (Wyman) leads a lonely existence on the hardscrabble farm of her father Black Macdonald (Charles Bickford) and her aunt Aggie (Agnes Moorehead). Newly arrived doctor Robert Richardson (Lew Ayres) takes a special interest in Belinda, vowing to ease her road in life by teaching her sign language. Despite initial resistance from her father and aunt, Belinda quickly learns how to communicate with others, opening a whole, wonderful new world for her. But things take a sorry turn when local lout Locky (Stephan McNally) corners poor Belinda after a village dance and rapes her. If the ending seems a bit ambiguous, it is because director Jean Negulesco intended it that way, allowing the viewer to draw his or her own conclusion regarding Belinda's future relationship with her mentor Dr. Richardson. Upon accepting her Oscar, Jane Wyman commented on the fact that she accomplished this feat through the simple expedient of "keeping my mouth shut." But there is nothing simple or facile in Wyman's astonishing performance as Belinda, which far outclasses the actresses who repeated the role in the two TV remakes. Also worthy of praise is the lush musical score by Max Steiner, one of his best post-Casablanca efforts.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
UPC: 0883316860199
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 6,936

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Wyman Belinda McDonald
Lew Ayres Dr. Robert Richardson
Charles Bickford Black McDonald
Agnes Moorehead Aggie McDonald
Stephen McNally Locky McCormick
Jan Sterling Stella McCormick
Rosalind Ivan Mrs. Poggety
Dan Seymour Pacquet
Mabel Paige Mrs. Lutz
Ida Moore Mrs. McKee
Alan Napier Defense Attorney
Monte Blue Ben
Douglas Kennedy Mountie
James Craven Interpreter
Richard Taylor Floyd McQuiggen
Richard "Hock" Walsh Fergus McQuiggen
Joan Winfield Mrs. Tim Moore
Ian Wolfe Rector
Holmes Herbert Judge
Jonathan Hale Dr. Gray
Ray Montgomery Tim Moore
Barbara Bates Gracie Anderson
Franklin Farnum Juryman
Creighton Hale Bailiff
Charles Horvath Churchgoer
Harry "Snub" Pollard Actor
Frederic Worlock Prosecutor
Blayney Lewis Dan'l

Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Irma Von Cube Screenwriter
Mel Dellar Musical Direction/Supervision
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Elizabeth Gessner Consultant/advisor
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Elmer Harris Original Story
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
William McGann Special Effects
Max Steiner Score Composer
Allen Vincent Screenwriter
Jerry Wald Producer
William Wallace Set Decoration/Design
David Weisbart Editor
Perc Westmore Makeup

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