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An exquisitely realised film. It hurts your heart. The sensitive acting of Jane Wyman and the supporting cast leave you breathless with heartbreak and wonder, yet with her eyes full of hope and love Johnny Belinda removes all sadness and despair as she learns she is to be a mother. Never has Jane Wyman been more beautiful. The recitation of The Lord's Prayer for her father brings tears. It is a film that should be seen more frequently on TCM.
"DenseSkull" below wrote: "Jane Wyman, who for once plays a part that she is visually well suited, a rather drab, physically unattractive ..." Are you crazy?!?! You obviously haven't seen Jane Wyman in anything else. She's easly on the shortlist of the most gorgeous classic actresses. Check out "Gambling on the High Seas," "The Doughgirls," and especially "Lost Weekend" (when she comes out of the rain with wet hair and an equally wet sweater ... Hubba hubba!) If she looks the sad, simple "plain Jane" in Johnny Belinda, it's because she's *supposed* to look that way, for the character. This is a good film with a great cast. And as for "realism," it just so happens that this film is based on real events in the life of Lydia Dingwell of PEI. And, guess what else? There really ARE caring and idealistic people in the world like the doctor. Geez, how jaded can you get?
A charming, entertaining film. Wyman won a Best Actress Oscar as a deaf-mute farm girl; Ayres, Bickford & Moorehead were nominated for their performances. The story is engaging, although it does have some unintentionally funny scenes. A good film to see from time-to-time. I give it a 3.5/5.
Over rated sob story
The most overated star is the academy winner Jane Wyman, who for once plays a part that she is visually well suited, a rather drab, physically unattractive deaf mute farm girl. Her role is soap opera melodrama. There are three men in her life, and Lew Ayres plays the doctor who is so sweet and proper he doesn't seem human. Charles Bickford and Stephen McNally deserve more credit for making this film's awards possible. McNally was perfectly cast in one of his most sinister roles as rapist and legal kidnapper. When the mute kills him we all cheer. He plays an evil person who has no redeeming qualities. Charles Bickford also plays a believable role as the Mute's father. Since his character is that of a uneducated farmer who is not only lacking a son, but a deaf mute daughter. Calling her a "dummy" was the term most uneducated people used to refer to people who were "dumb",, the accepted term used by even nice people before terms like "vocally and hearing handicapped". Ayers plays his usual idealistic character (a pacifist during WWII when nearly everyone was not). In the real world, I have found few, if any, who have taken an interest in their patients like Ayres character. Hence, my view of the unrealistic tone of this film.
First Time Seeing this Film
Unfortunately, I was watching this film during dinner. It really made me sick to my stomach. So, I give accolades to the actors. It's a hearty film to watch. Jane Wyman played her role perfectly. While I was watching her I kept thinking of "The Enchanted Cottage" and it made me want to cry even more.
Johnny Belinda (1948)
- Mr. Blandings
Funny, I used to always think this movie was about a Brando-esque motorcycle punk named Johnny Belinda. Don't know why ... LOL Anyway, I'm glad to have since discovered it is far from it. This is a really good, touching and moving drama. Jane Wyman deserved her Oscar for such a fine and memorable performance. Lew Ayres is also very good. Loved how the film was set in Canada (for a change). To all fans of this movie, check out "The Story of Esther Costello (1957)," which is also a very good film on a similar theme.
I love it!!! Johnny Belinda
That make me cried.. When Belinda's father was mudered. She sign "Lord Payer" that's me cried...That great . Actor Jane Wyman...
Refreshing and heartwarming.
- John W Dudley
In 1948, I sat down with my deaf family and watched this wonderful movie about Johnny Belinda. Each of us cried our hearts out for this enduring person who was thought to be demonic. It is now 2011 and what wonderful changes have been made for all who are deaf or hard of hearing. Please write to me for more details of my life spent with the Deaf.
Beautiful, heart-wrenching film. All are superb especially, Wyman and Moorehead.
Johnny Belinda - a weak title for a strong movie
Wonderful acting and photography along with and serious issues of prejudice, rape, class, farming, fishing, Jane Wyman plays a deaf and dumb girl who is forced to have sex with the town bully and her father is later killed by same thug. It's a film I never would have seen but for the accident of turning on TCM at the right moment. The movie is set in a late 1940's coastal fishing village in Canada filled with nice and not so nice characters.This movie even has a Greek chorus of town biddies... how great is that.
O Desempenho de Jane Wymam no filme excelente. O roteiro muito bom e a direo super afinada. No fcil interpretar uma mulher muda que estuprada e que por no conseguir se comunicar queriam que ela no criasse o filho. Uma drama chocante,mas muito bom
Johnny Belinda (1948)
- Jay Higgins
A very emotional drama, very touchingly filmed. Jane Wyman is excellent as the deaf mute girl. The subject matter is surprisingly bold for 1948. Wyman did win the Oscar that year. The supporting cast is exceptional. Great score.
A Subtle and Beautiful Performance
- Ann Brown
by Jane Wyman. She does a tremendous job acting with her doe eyes, and is so touching as the terribly handicapped, but intelligent Belinda who is abused by virtually everyone except a kindhearted young doctor. Belinda's touching love for her baby, and her dignity in the face of the townsfolks' cruel and ignorant behavior is triumphant. A beautiful film - enjoy it