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.
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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
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