Johnny Belinda (1948)



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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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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

All Critics (9)

Wyman delivers an impressive, Oscar-winning performance relying solely on her expressions.

Jun 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Jean Negulseco's melodrama is a moody, well-crafted if outdated saga with a star-making performance from Jane Wyman as a deaf-mute girl, who's raped and bears an illegitimate child.

Feb 8, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Try all you want to make yourself jaded over this, but in the end poor little Belinda wins us all over in the end.

Feb 23, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5

Powerful Jane Wyman performance and Oscar caliber production overall.

Dec 28, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

A touching, moving film that takes its time and doesn't rely on strident melodramatics to tell its story.

Dec 12, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Johnny Belinda

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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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 Carrier
Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

I also seem to be attracted to movies about people with disabilities or special abilities. This movie shows how recently people didn't understand deafness. One teacher takes the time to show that Belinda can communicate, that Belinda is a whole human being who can take care of herself in many ways, and that she will protect her son like any mother would.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


jane is great in this atmospheric drama

jay nixon
jay nixon

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