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Portrait of Jennie (Goldwyn 1948, Joseph Cotton, Jennifer Jones)



A penniless artist (Joseph Cotten) meets a strange girl (Jennifer Jones) who seems to be of another time and place. As she appears to him as the seasons and years pass, he finally paints her at the height of her beauty and the painting marks his artistic breakthrough. He falls in love with the girl and tracks her to a New England boarding school where she had died in a terrible storm. A haunting tale of a mystical affair.

While filming Portrait of Jennie, Jennifer Jones was awarded the Sour Apple award from the press as Hollywood’s least cooperative star.

production details
USA | Goldwyn | 86 minutes | 1948

Director: William Dieterle
Producer: David O. Selznick
Original Story: Robert Nathan
Director of Photography: Joseph H. August
Editing: William Morgan
Music:Bernard Herrmann, Dimitri Tiomkin
Script: Paul Osborn
Production Design: J. McMillan Johnson

Lillian Gish as Mother Mary of Mercy
Jennifer Jones as Jennie Appleton
Cecil Kellaway as Matthews
David Wayne as Gus O’Toole
Joseph Cotten as Eben Adams
Ethel Barrymore as Miss Spinney
Florence Bates as Mrs. Jekes