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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Vivid, revealing and emotionally intense."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This is a groundbreaking film despite its absurdly stiff way at looking at how blacks and whites interact."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Made at a time when racial discrimination was as much a part of the fabric of American life as apple pie, this is an early stab by Hollywood at countering racism."
‑ , Film4
"The results are uneven, though fitfully interesting."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Pinky is 1949's Patch Adams, doing for half-breeds what that film did for assclowns."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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