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Johnny Belinda (1948) was a Drama Film directed by Jean Negulesco and produced by Jerry Wald.

Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorLew AyresNominated
Best Supporting ActorCharles BickfordNominated
Best ActressJane WymanWon
Best Supporting ActressAgnes MooreheadNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Robert Haas; Set Decoration: William WallaceNominated
Best CinematographyTed McCordNominated
Best DirectorJean NegulescoNominated
Best Film EditingDavid WeisbartNominated
Best Music - ScoringMax SteinerNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.Nominated
Best WritingIrmgard Von Cube, Allen VincentNominated

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Johnny Belinda (1948)

By Beatrice on Apr 8, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Johnny Belinda Directed by Jean Negulesco Written by Irma von Cube and Alan Vincent from the play by Elmer Harris 1948/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Amazon Instant This had a bit more moralizing than I like but is a solid and sometimes beautiful film. I though Jane Wyman deserved her Academy Awa... Read full article


By Crystal Kalyana on Nov 2, 2014 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

“JOHNNY BELINDA” 1948. After a long hiatus of not watching this film, I decided to pull it off my shelf last night and watch it. It’s been a long time since I seen this last, so when I watched it last night it was like watching it for the first time. What put me off is the fact tha... Read full article

Johnny Belinda(1948).

By Dawn on Apr 5, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Johnny Belinda(1948). Cast: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead, Stephen McNally, and Jan Sterling. Wyman won an Oscar for this film for Best Actress. Deaf/mute girl Belinda, lives in a small fishing village with her father and her aunt. She can not communicate with her family ... Read full article

Johnny Belinda (1948)

By Lindsey on Mar 31, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

(via classicsfan.tumblr) Jane Wyman stars as Belinda, a deaf/mute girl who is constantly belittled and greatly misunderstood by the residents of her small, farm-oriented town in Nova Scotia. Belinda lives with her father and her stern aunt, Aggie (Agnes Moorehead). A new-in-town doctor, Robert Richa... Read full article

Silence in Sound: The Power of “Johnny Belinda” and “The Miracle Worker”

By Lara on Oct 21, 2011 From Backlots

When the silent era finally gave way to talkies in 1927, an art form was lost–the art of meaningful expression without words. When we look at the films of the great silent stars, for example those of Clara Bow, Norma Talmadge, or Lillian Gish, we see a wholly separate kind of film, one where a... Read full article

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Dr. Robert Richardson: Your Lordship, I insist this girl obeyed an impulse older than the laws of man: the instinct of a mother to protect her child.

Dr. Robert Richardson: I have to get cash somewhere, and you and some of the others are the only ones who can afford it.

Dr. Robert Richardson: There's only one shame - failing a human being that needs you.

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Jane Wyman became the first actor since the silent era to win an Oscar without uttering a word.
The original Broadway production of "Johnny Belinda" by Elmer Harris opened at the Belasco Theater and ran for 321 performances.
Jane Wyman's Oscar acceptance speech is reportedly the shortest on record for Best Actress: "I won this award by keeping my mouth shut and I think I'll do it again." Sir John Mills bowed and said nothing after winning Best Supporting Actor for playing a mute in Ryan's Daughter.
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