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Pinky
     

Pinky

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Director: Elia Kazan,

Cast: Elia Kazan, Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters

 
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.

Overview

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 home in the South, where her grandmother (Ethel Waters) works for rich widow Miss Em (Ethel Barrymore). When Miss Em takes ill, Patricia cares for her. Upon Miss Em's death, it is discovered that she has bequeathed her entire estate to Patricia. Miss Em's family disputes the will because Patricia is black, and a courtroom battle ensues over the estate.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Part of the post-war cycle of "social problem" films and one of the first Hollywood productions to tackle American racism head-on (but with a Hollywood casting compromise), Elia Kazan's Pinky (1949) examines Southern bigotry through the experience of an African American woman who can "pass" for white. With Jeanne Crain's Pinky caught between her love for a white Northern doctor and her allegiance to her grandmother Ethel Waters, Kazan (taking over for John Ford) schematically yet effectively depicts her fate in the South through drastic reversals in her treatment by police and shopkeepers, and a near-assault by two locals when she reveals the "truth" behind her pale complexion. The court battle over Pinky's inheritance of the remains of dowager Miss Em's plantation becomes a testament to color-blind justice. Despite the film's boldness in subject matter, 20th Century-Fox hedged its bets by casting a white actress in the lead, attesting to the feared limits of acceptance for an anti-racism drama. Still, though it was not quite as well-received as Kazan's similarly-minded anti-Semitism film Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Pinky was a success, garnering Oscar nominations for Crain, Waters and the inimitable Ethel Barrymore as the gruffly wise Miss Em.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
UPC:
0024543106098
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
19,113

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by film historian Kenneth Geist; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanne Crain Patricia "Pinky" Johnson
Ethel Barrymore Miss Em
Ethel Waters Granny Dysey Johnson
William Lundigan Dr. Thomas Adams
Basil Ruysdael Judge Walker
Kenny Washington Dr.Canady
Nina Mae McKinney Rozelia
Griff Barnett Dr. Joe McGill
Frederick O'Neal Jake Walters
Evelyn Varden Melba Wooley
Raymond Greenleaf Judge Shoreham
Dan Riss Stanley
William Hansen Mr. Goolby
Arthur Hunnicutt Police Chief
Renee Beard Teejore
Bert Conway Loafer
Jean Innes Saleslady
Robert Osterloh Policeman
Harry Tenbrook Townsman
Shelby Bacon Boy
Everett Glass Mr. Wooley
Juanita Moore Nurse

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Harmon Jones Editor
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Harry Ruby Songwriter
Russell J. Spencer Art Director
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pinky
1. Main Titles
2. Homecoming
3. Passing for White
4. Tom
5. Jake and His Woman
6. Pinky's Advantages
7. The Letter
8. Just Havin' a Little Fun
9. Doing the Right Thing
10. Nursing Miss Em
11. Determined to Leave
12. Deserving Respect
13. A Visit From Tom
14. Mrs. Wooley
15. Sensible Advice
16. Miss Em's Will
17. One of the Old School
18. Mourning Veil
19. The Bequest
20. Pinky Fights Back
21. Taking a Stand
22. Race on Trial
23. The Prosecution's Case
24. Dicey's Testimony
25. Verdict
26. White Elephant
27. Self-Acceptance
28. Finding Purpose

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