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Johnny Belinda

Johnny Belinda is a 1948 film which tells the story of a deaf mute woman who is raped, becomes pregnant, and then is ruled "unfit" to care for the child. When the local townspeople come to take the baby to give it to the rapist to raise, the woman shoots and kills him and goes on trial for murder. It stars Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford, Agnes Moorehead, Stephen McNally and Jan Sterling.

The movie was adapted by Allen Vincent and Irma von Cube from the play by Elmer Harris. It was directed by Jean Negulesco.

It won the Academy Award for Best Actress (Jane Wyman), and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Lew Ayres), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Charles Bickford), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Agnes Moorehead), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Picture, Best Sound, Recording and Best Writing, Screenplay.