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One Fine Movie
Based on tragic story of Lydia Dingwell of Cape Breton,also deaf-mute raped,pregnant.How quickly some rush to judgment without all the facts.Why was Belinda unfit as a mother,she gave her all for her son,but the rich and powerful resort to anything or themselves,criticize when they're rejected as being too forceful (Locky).Too bad Locky never was charged with murder or did time for the forcible rape.Great performance of Wyman and equally matched by Ayres,nither of whom was first choice-Brando ?I think not!
- DON RILEY
I'm far from a Jane Wyman fanatic. Now, I realize why ? Because, in all of her other films. She spoke ! ....She is perfect in this. Her use of signing and her "Doll Like" qualities, are riveting. I expected that I was going to struggle through this film. Not so ! I was totally captivated. The villain may have been a bit too villainous and the transformation of her demeaning aunt may have been too sudden and too complete. But, so what !! ........The cast also helps Jane Wyman... But why take anything away from a Grand Performance, .....this is a "must see". Five Stars and Memorable.
- Robert K.
This is a truly amazing and inspiring film. The ensemble cast is excellent and for its time it is a superb overall production. Wyman's performance was exquisite, nuanced, mature and years ahead of its time. I first saw it on broadcast TV in the 1960's probably as a Saturday Night at the Movies presentation. Hitchcock would be proud of the director's use of pure cinema which greatly impacted me as a 15 year old feeling every note of Wyman's symphonic performance as Belinda. Her silence was truly golden and allowed me to enter her soul and experience her heartache, love, and murderous rage as the melodrama unfolded. The film is an outstanding example of movie making at its best and will surely continue to stand the test of time. On a more personal note, I probably fell in love with Belinda as 20 years later I married a woman with the same gamine like face and doe eyes. We had children together but divorced after five years and just today some thirty years later, at 67, I realize Jane as Belinda may have set the stage for one of my life's greatest adventures. Don't tell me movies are meaningless fluff!
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