Johnny Belinda

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Jane Wyman stars as the deaf-mute farm girl Belinda McDonald, whose aging father Black (Charles Bickford) still resents his daughter over the death of her mother during childbirth. After area physician Robert Richardson (Lew Ayres) takes an interest in Belinda's case, he begins teaching the girl sign language; unfortunately, she also attracts the troubled McCormick (Stephen McNally), who rapes Belinda and leaves her pregnant.

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Cast

Jane Wyman
as Belinda McDonald
Lew Ayres
as Dr. Robert Richardson
Charles Bickford
as Black McDonald
Agnes Moorehead
as Aggie McDonald
Stephen McNally
as Locky McCormick
Dan Seymour
as Pacquet
Mabel Paige
as Mrs. Lutz
Rosalind Ivan
as Mrs. Peggety
Jan Sterling
as Stella McGuire
Ida Moore
as Mrs. McKee
Alan Napier
as Defense Attorney
James Craven
as Interpreter
Richard Walsh
as Fergus McQuiggen
Joan Winfield
as Mrs. Tim Moore
Ian Wolfe
as Rector
Jonathan Hale
as Dr. Gray
Ray Montgomery
as Tim Moore
Frederic Worlock
as Prosecutor
Barbara Bates
as Gracie Anderson
Charles Horvath
as Churchgoer
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Belinda

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Audience Reviews for Johnny Belinda

  • May 28, 2019
    A gem. Jane Wyman's Oscar-winning performance is one of American cinema's best. The rushed finale is the film's only flaw.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2013
    Wyman is quite convincing as a deaf-mute girl who is forced to deal with a family that reacts violently to her condition.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2010
    While the ending to "Johnny, Belinda" is surprisingly understanding and Jane Wyman's star making and Oscar winning performance is lovely, it's still a pretty dumb movie. The way deafness is handled in the picture is quite silly, and the events (rape and murder and misunderstanding in Canada) comes out a wash. See this film for the acting and a portrait on how misunderstood conditions were handled on screen back in the 40s.
    Steven C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2010
    As a child this film, so bold and brass for its time, scared me with its depiction of the rape of a deaf girl. Still tragically complicated and ultimately a cultural masterpiece, Johnny Belinda not only possesses the qualities that made the exceptional Miral Worker a phenomena, but also the ruthless libel that has occured all throughout history, and is fairly missing from the movies of the time.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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