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Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Johnny Belinda" (1948)

In the long tradition of Oscar winners who play physically challenged characters, Jane Wyman does a fine job as the deaf mute who survives social ousting, rape, and even a murder trial in bleak turn-of-the-century Nova Scotia. Thank God, kind doctor Lew Ayres is around to help. It's pure melodrama...but it really works. Nice, moody photography too. 

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