Johnny Belinda
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After years of dumb-blonde and best-friend roles, Jane Wyman proved her skills as a dramatic actress -- and won an Academy Award in the bargain -- in Johnny Belinda. Adapted from a stage play by Elmer Harris, the story takes place in Nova Scotia, where deaf-mute Belinda (Wyman) leads a lonely existence on the hardscrabble farm of her father Black Macdonald (Charles Bickford) and her aunt Aggie (Agnes Moorehead). Newly arrived doctor Robert Richardson (Lew Ayres) takes a special interest in Belinda, vowing to ease her road in life by teaching her sign language. Despite initial resistance from… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Jean Negulseco's melodrama is a moody, well-crafted if outdated saga with a star-making performance from Jane Wyman as a deaf-mute girl, who's raped and bears an illegitimate child."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A touching, moving film that takes its time and doesn't rely on strident melodramatics to tell its story."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Try all you want to make yourself jaded over this, but in the end poor little Belinda wins us all over in the end."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Powerful Jane Wyman performance and Oscar caliber production overall."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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