Jennifer Jones won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her screen debut in this true story. Jones plays young French peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, who sees a vision of a "beautiful lady" near her home in Lourdes in 1858. Based on the novel of the same name by Franz Werfel, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE explores Bernadette's trials and tribulations from her impoverished family to her difficulties at school to the derision her visions bring upon her and at last to her affliction with bone-marrow cancer. Under the incisive eye of director Henry King, the film is seen through Bernadette's perspective but at the same time focuses upon the effect that Bernadette has upon her family, her champions, and her detractors. The acting is excellent, and no detail has gone untouched in the art direction, costumes, and cinematography. Best of all, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE stands among a rare group of Hollywood films in which visual integrity is matched step for step with thematic zeal.
1943 - Academy Awards - Best Black-and-White Interior Decoration Winner
1943 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner
1943 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner
1943 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score Winner
James Basevi - Production Designer/Efx
Alfred Newman - Composer/Conductor/D.1970
Charles Bickford - American Actor
Blanche Yurka - American Character Actress
Jennifer Jones - Oscar winning actress, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
Phyllis Isley - Oscar winning actress, THE SONG OF BERNADETTE
Lee J. Cobb - American actor, ON THE WATERFRONT, THE EXORCIST
Mary Anderson - American Actress
Vincent Price - American actor, author
Henry King - American Director, TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH (1949)
Anne Revere - American Character Actress
William Eythe - American Actor
Sig Ruman - Actor, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Sig Rumann - Actor, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Barbara McLean - Editor, prestige pics for 20th Century Fox, late '30s-'50s
Thomas Little - Set Decorator
Rene Hubert - Costume Designer
Arthur Miller - Oscar Winning Director of Photography, '20s-'50s
Arthur C. Miller - Oscar Winning Director of Photography, '20s-'50s
William S. Darling - Art Director
Gladys Cooper - British Actress
Dame Gladys Cooper - British Actress
George Seaton - Director/Prod./Screenwriter
Aubrey Mather - Character Actor/USA & UK
Frank E. Hughes - Set Decorator
Fred Sersen - Special Effects Photog.
In 1858, in the French town of Lourdes, a spiritual peasant girl sees a vision of the Virgin Mary in a cave. Inspired, she mines the cave until she hits water--holy water that will cure the ailments of those who believe. The citizens of Lourdes react to the situation in a variety of ways, however, ranging from amazement to anger. Academy Award Nominations: 12, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay. Academy Awards: 4, including Best Actress--Jennifer Jones.
Film debut for actress Jennifer Jones. Linda Darnell portrays the Virgin Mary. THE SONG OF BERNADETTE won the first annual Golden Globe Awards (in 1944) for Best Motion Picture and Best Motion Picture Actress.