In Johnny Belinda a patient, compassionate doctor (Ayres) in a rural community teaches a deaf-mute girl (Wyman) to communicate. After the young lady is brutally raped by a local villager, the bucolic populace suspects the doctor of being the father of the child she later delivers. Just as Wyman’s life is looking up the father of the child comes to claim it. Better-than-average melodrama much admired at the time. Director Jean Negulesco was competent with both sweeping romantic drama and tough-minded noirs. This may be his shining moment, but he and this film receive less notice now.
Johnny Belinda was set on the New England coast, was actually shot in Northern California, on the jagged, foggy shoreline near Mendocino.
Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Drama: Jane Wyman and Best Motion Picture, Drama.
Academy Award Nominations: 12, including Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor: Lew Ayres; Best Supporting Actor: Charles Bickford; Best Supporting Actress: Agnes Moorehead; Best Cinematography; Best Screenplay.
Cast: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead, Stephen McNally, Jan Sterling, Rosalind Ivan, Dan Seymour, Mabel Paige, Ida Moore, Alan Napier, Barbara Bates, Monte Blue, Creighton Hale, ‘Snub’ Pollard
Director: Jean Negulesco
Producer: Jerry Wald
Writers: Irma von Cube, Allen Vincent
Original Story: Elmer Harris
Composer: Max Steiner
Art Director: Robert M. Haas
Director of Photography: Ted D. McCord
Production Companies: Warner Bros.
Release Date: 14 September 1948
Running Time: 103 minutes
Country: United States of America
Tagline: There was temptation in her helpless silence…and then torment