- OSCAR WINNER:
- Best Actress - Jane Wyman
A monumental cinematic achievement.
Jane Wyman won an Academy Award for her moving portrayal of a deaf mute who lives in a remote Nova Scotia fishing village. After learning sign language from a compassionate doctor, she is raped by a local bully and gives birth to an illegitimate son, Johnny Belinda.
When the rapist returns to claim his son, she fights to keep him. Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including "Best Picture," "Best Story" and "Best Cinematography."
Agnes Moorehead plays Wyman's unsympathetic sister and received an Oscar nomination for "Best Supporting Actress." Charles Bickford received on Oscar nomination as Wyman's stoic fisherman father. Lew Ayres' sensitive portrayal of the compassionate doctor caught in the crossfire also earned an Oscar nomination.