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Johnny Belinda
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Johnny Belinda 1948


Dr. Robert Richardson, a dedicated young general practitioner, seeks to establish himself in an isolated fishing village on Cape Breton Island off the Nova Scotia coast. The population is poor and the struggling physician generally gets paid for his efforts in barter. When he meets Belinda McDonald, a young deaf mute callously dismissed by family and neighbors as "the dummy," he alone senses her innate intelligence. He overcomes the initial skepticism of her flinty, gruff father and indifferently cold aunt, who operate a hardscrabble grist mill and farm, and devotes himself to teaching the young girl sign language and lip-reading. Hopes are even raised that she might even eventually qualify for a medical procedure that might improve her condition. Her optimism is crushed, however, when she raped by Locky McCormick, a brutish local fisherman. Traumatized, she is unable to communicate the outrage to her family, who are baffled and angry when they learn she is pregnant. The local gossips blame the doctor, and he and the McDonalds become pariahs, unable to earn a living in the provincial village. Matters come to a head when McCormick and his new wife pressure the local council to declare Belinda an unfit mother and declare them the baby's legal guardians

Release Date:September 14th, 1948
MPAA Rating:NR
Running Time:102 minutes
Directed By:
No image existsJean Negulesco
Written By:
No image existsAllen Vincent
No image existsIrma von Cube
No image existsElmer Harris
No image existsIrmgard VonCube)
Starring:
No image existsJane Wyman
No image existsLew Ayres
No image existsCharles Bickford
No image existsAgnes Moorehead
No image existsStephen McNally
No image existsJan Sterling
No image existsRosalind Ivan
No image existsDan Seymour
No image existsIda Moore
No image existsAlan Napier
No image existsBarbara Bates
No image existsMonte Blue
No image existsJames Craven
No image existsFranklyn Farnum
No image existsAl Ferguson
No image existsJonathan Hale
No image existsLew Harvey
No image existsHolmes Herbert
No image existsCharles Horvath
No image existsDouglas Kennedy
No image existsLarry McGrath
No image existsRay Montgomery
No image existsSnub' Pollard
No image existsJeff Richards
No image existsJoan Winfield
No image existsIan Wolfe
No image existsFrederick Worlock
No image existsMabel Paige
No image existsFrank Hagney
No image existsCreighton Hale
No image existsColin Kenny
No image existsBlayney Lewis
No image existsAlice MacKenzie
No image existsRichard Walsh

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Johnny Belinda Movie Review by BillyBob (12/17/2012)

Well, I, for one, don't much care whether actress Jane Wyman did win an Oscar for her "Best Actress" performance here in this film, or not - I still rate Johnny Belinda as one of the most sordid and deeply depressing pictures that I've ever seen, bar none.

This film's story is so relentlessly awful from start to finish,...

(complete Johnny Belinda review by BillyBob)



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