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Pinky (1949) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Elia Kazan and John Ford and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.


Fox head Zanuck tackles the sensitive subject of interracial romance and society's intolerance. A southern black girl (Crain) who is able to pass for white while working as a nurse in New England attracts the affections of a white doctor (Lundigan). She rejects his sincere attention and returns to her hometown and works for wealthy matron Barrymore, from whom she inherits a large estate. Barrymore's family contests the bequest, and the hearing reveals their racial bias. John Ford started shooting but was replaced by a director with more political commitment.

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Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressJeanne CrainNominated
Best Supporting ActressEthel BarrymoreNominated
Best Supporting ActressEthel WatersNominated

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Classic Films in Context: “Pinky” 1949

By 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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Melba Wooley: Cousin Em, what do you mean, gettin' sick like this?
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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Facts about

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onSeptember 18, 1950 with Ethel Barrymore and Jeanne Crain reprising their film roles.
According to her biographer Donald Bogle, Dorothy Dandridge tested for the lead role.
Linda Darnell showed interest in the lead role, but Darryl F. Zanuck noticed that her character resembled her character in Forever Amber too much. Fearing comparison, he rejected her for the lead.
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