Johnny Belinda (1948)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1948.   Warner Bros.  Screenplay by , , based on the stage play by .   Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Jane Wyman won an Academy Award for her sensitive portrayal of a deaf-mute woman in Nova Scotia who bears a child after being raped by a local bad guy. At first her shocked family think that she has behaved improperly, but when they learn the truth they decide to support her as best as they can, even in light of Wyman’s decision to keep the child and raise it. This early attempt at dealing with disabilities is slightly patronizing and mawkish, but Wyman’s honest performance keeps it grounded and doesn’t allow anything to get too hammy.

Academy Award:  Best Actress (Jane Wyman)
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Actor (Lew Ayres); Best Supporting Actor (Charles Bickford); Best Supporting Actress (Agnes Moorehead); Best Director (Jean Negulesco); Best Screenplay; Best Cinematography-BW; Best Art Direction-BW; Best Film Editing; Best Sound Recording; Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Picture (tie); Best Actress (Jane Wyman)

Venice Film Festival: In Competition


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