Pinky (1949) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Elia Kazan and John Ford and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.
Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actress||Jeanne Crain||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Ethel Barrymore||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Ethel Waters||Nominated|
Classic Films in Context: “Pinky” 1949By Stephen Reginald on Feb 22, 2012 From Classic Movie Man
Classic Films in Context: “Pinky” 1949 In 1947, producer Darryl F. Zanuck tackled the subject of anti-semitism with Gentlemen’s Agreement. The movie, directed by Elia Kazan, won the Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year. In 1949, Zanuck produced the first Hollywood fil... Read full article
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Miss Em: When you're eighty years old, you expect to be sick. Sit down.
Melba Wooley: Now, now. Naughty, naughty. Eighty years *young* is what we say.
Miss Em: I don't. It's old, and I won't have it minimized. Takes a lot of livin' to get there, and pure, cursed endurance. Eighty years young indeed!
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Lena Horne initially campaigned to play the title role in this movie (she was light enough to photograph "white"), but in the end, the movie studio felt white American audiences would feel more comfortable with a white actress, especially since love scenes with a white actor were involved.
John Ford was the original director of the film, but after seeing dailies Darryl F. Zanuck felt Ford wasn't connecting with the material. Zanuck called Elia Kazan in New York and asked him to take over the film. Kazan felt he owed Zanuck for his film career, and agreed to do the movie without even looking at the script. He flew to Los Angeles and started filming the next Monday.
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