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Johnny Belinda (1948)

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Johnny Belinda (1948)

aka Johnny Belinda

"There was temptation in her helpless silence...and then torment"

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Details: 102 mins · English, American Sign


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Small Belinda McDonald
Small Dr. Robert Richardson
Small Black MacDonald
Small Aggie MacDonald
Small Locky McCormick
Small Stella McCormick
No_movie_poster Mrs. Poggety
No_movie_poster Pacquet - Storekeeper
No_movie_poster Mrs. Lutz
No_movie_poster Mrs. McKee
Small Defense Attorney


No_movie_poster Ted D. McCord Director of Photography
No_movie_poster David Weisbart Editor
No_movie_poster Max Steiner Original Music Composer
Small Jean Negulesco Director
No_movie_poster Jerry Wald Producer
No_movie_poster Irma von Cube Writer
No_movie_poster Allen Vincent Writer
No_movie_poster Elmer Harris Theatre Play


"There was temptation in her helpless silence...and then torment"


It is the story of a deaf-mute girl, Belinda McDonald, who is befriended by the new doctor, Dr. Robert Richardson, who comes to Cape Breton Island on the east coast of Canada. The doctor realizes that, although she cannot hear or speak, Belinda is very intelligent. She lives on a farm with her father, Black McDonald, and her aunt, Aggie McDonald, and rarely goes into town. The family sells farm goods to the nearby town, mainly flour. Her father and aunt resent Belinda because her mother died giving birth to her. Dr. Richardson teaches Belinda sign language and what things are. Over time, his affection for her grows.

Dr. Richardson's secretary, Stella, is attracted to him and tries to get his attention, but the doctor does not see Stella in that way at all. After Stella figures out that he is becoming attracted to Belinda, she starts to resent both of them.

One of the family's customers, Locky McCormick, gets drunk at a dance, leaves the dance, and goes to the farm when Belinda is alone and rapes her. She becomes pregnant. When the people in town find out that she is pregnant, they suspect Dr. Richardson because he has spent a lot of time with her. As time goes by, the pressure of the rumors finally cause the doctor to look for a new practice. He decides to marry Belinda and take her and the baby with him. He goes on ahead to find both a new place to practice and a new home for them.

While he is away finding them a new home, McCormick, now married to the doctor's former secretary, Stella, decides that he wants the child that is his. He goes to visit the baby. When Black McDonald sees him, he orders McCormick to leave. McCormick inadvertently reveals to McDonald that he is the father of the child. Black follows McCormick and threatens to expose him to the town. They fight and McCormick throws McDonald off the cliff into the sea.

Now Belinda and her aunt Aggie try to run the farm but they are struggling to pay the bills and keep the farm up. The town, at the urging of McCormick, has a meeting and declares Belinda "unfit" to care for the child. When McCormick and his wife come to take the baby, Belinda first makes Stella McCormick realize that she is smarter than the townspeople have given her credit for, and that she will not give up her baby without a fight. Stella confronts Locky, who confesses that the child is his. He then tries to retrieve the baby, but Belinda tries to block his path. He shoves her down and heads up the stairs. She then grabs a shotgun and shoots and kills him. Belinda is arrested and goes on trial for murder. At the trial, Dr. Richardson testifies that she was protecting her property and family. The court dismisses this as the doctor’s love for her, but then finally Stella, holding old deep romantic feelings for the doctor, corroborates the doctor's story, saying that her husband had confessed the truth about the rape to her on the day he was killed. Belinda is set free.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2006-01-31