Pinky (1949)

Pinky (1949)

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Elia Kazan directed this, one of Hollywood's early attacks on racism, starring Jeanne Crain as Patricia "Pinky" Johnson. Patricia is a light-skinned black woman who is studying nursing at a New England medical institute. A white doctor, Thomas Adams (William Lundigan), has fallen in love with Patricia and wants to marry her, but Patricia refuses his proposal. Convinced their interracial union would never work out, Patricia believes Thomas would never be able to endure the acrimony that would be heaped upon their marriage. Patricia leaves New England to return to her childhood home in the South, where her grandmother (Ethel Waters) works for rich widow Miss Em (Ethel Barrymore). When Miss Em takes ill, Patricia cares for her. Upon Miss Em's death, it is discovered that she has bequeathed her entire estate to Patricia. Miss Em's family disputes the will because Patricia is black, and a courtroom battle ensues over the estate.
Rating: NR
Genre: Classics , Drama
Directed By: Elia Kazan
Written By: Dudley Nichols , Philip Dunne
In Theaters: wide
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Cast

Jeanne Crain
as Patricia "Pinky" Johnson
Ethel Waters
as Granny Dysey Johnson
William Lundigan
as Dr. Thomas Adams
Basil Ruysdael
as Judge Walker
Kenny Washington
as Dr. Canady
Griff Barnett
as Dr. Joe McGill
Frederick O'Neal
as Jake Walters
Evelyn Varden
as Melba Wooley
Raymond Greenleaf
as Judge Shoreham
Dan Riss
as Stanley
Arthur Hunnicutt
as Police Captain
Bert Conway
as Loafer
Harry Tenbrook
as Townsman
Robert Osterloh
as Police Officer
Jean Innes
as Saleslady
Jean Inness
as Saleslady
Everett Glass
as Mr. Wooley
Renee Beard
as Teejore
William Hansen
as Mr. Goolby
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Critic Reviews for Pinky

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Vivid, revealing and emotionally intense.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The results are uneven, though fitfully interesting.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Kazan's liberal tale of a black girl passing as white is rather simple and Jeanne Crain is weak in the lead, but it's worth seeing Zanuck's message picture for the strong acting of the two Oscar-nominated Ethels (Waters and Barrymore).

Full Review… | April 11, 2009
EmanuelLevy.Com

This is a groundbreaking film despite its absurdly stiff way at looking at how blacks and whites interact.

Full Review… | December 27, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a mature film, with great respect for the humanity of people who are able to transcend social barriers and care for one another.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Pinky

An early and slightly dated look at racism. It was probably great for its time and kudos to the maligned Kazan for bringing it forward. Don't expect too much and you will enjoy it.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Sad to see a white actor play the part of a light skin black women, But excellent story line showing life in the United States, most people think it was limited to the south which it was not. A movie that will never be seen on TV today and should be watched by all. Any film lover should enjoy this. 4 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce
½

Boring black and white movie. I thought I was going to be enthralled by it but I was let down big time.

Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres

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