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The Song of Bernadette is a reverent recounting of the life of St. Bernadette of Lourdes. As a teen-aged peasant girl growing up in the tiny French village of Lourdes in the 19th century, Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) experiences a vision of the Virgin Mary in a nearby grotto. At least, she believes that she did. The religious and political "experts" of the region cannot accept the word of a silly little girl, and do their best to get her to renounce her claims. Bernadette's vision becomes a political hot potato for many years, with the authorities alternately permitting and denying the true believers' access to the grotto. No matter what the higher-ups may think of Bernadette, there is little denying that the springs of Lourdes hold some sort of recuperative powers for the sick and lame. Eventually, Bernadette dies, never faltering in her conviction that she saw the Blessed Virgin; years later, she is canonized as a saint, and the Grotto of Lourdes remains standing as a permanent shrine. The 20th Century-Fox people knew that The Song of Bernadette would whip up controversy from both the religious and the agnostic. The company took some of the "curse" off the project with a now-famous opening title: "To those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. To those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible." Jennifer Jones's performance in The Song of Bernadette won her the Best Actress Oscar. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 25, 1943

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anne Revere Best Supporting Actress 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gladys Cooper Best Supporting Actress 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Basevi Best Black and White Art Direction 1943 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jennifer Jones Best Actress 1943 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jennifer Jones Best Actress 1943 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Seaton Best Screenplay 1943 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Henry King Best Director 1943 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Henry King Best Director 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Bickford Best Supporting Actor 1943 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur C. Miller Best Black and White Cinematography 1943 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Newman Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1943 Winner

Cast

Jennifer Jones
as Bernadette Soubirous
Charles Bickford
as Peyramaie Dean of Lourdes
Gladys Cooper
as Sister Vauzous
Vincent Price
as Dutour
Lee J. Cobb
as Dr. Dozous
Anne Revere
as Louise Soubirous
Blanche Yurka
as Bernarde Casterot
Mary Anderson
as Jeanne Abadie
William Eythe
as Antoine Nicolau
Edith Barrett
as Croisine Bouhouhorts
Aubrey Mather
as Lacade
Sig Rumann
as Louis Bouriette
Fortunio Bonanova
as Louis Napoleon III
Tala Birell
as Madame Bruat
Marcel Dalio
as Callet
Eula Morgan
as Mme. Nicolau
Jean del Val
as Estrade
Moroni Olsen
as Chaplain
Hooper Atchley
as Policeman
Eugene Borden
as Gendarme
Lionel Braham
as Baron Massey
Davison Clark
Harry Cording
as Stone Mason
Elvira Curci
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
Frank Dae
Harry Denny
as Priest
Pat Dillon
as Bouhouhorts' Boy
John Dilson
Fernanda Eliscu
Edythe Elliott
Fred Essler
as Minister of Justice
Edward Fielding
Margaret Hoffman
Arthur Hohl
as Monk
Edward Keane
Frank Lackteen
Connie Leon
Alphonse Martell
Louis Mercier
as Huckster
Belle Mitchell
Nestor Paiva
as Baker
Frank Reicher
as Dr. St. Cyr
Julian Rivero
as Dominican Monk
Ruth Robinson
as Nun
Merrill Rodin
as Jean Soubirous
Muni Seroff
George Sorel
as Franciscan Monk
Edwin Stanley
as Mr. Jones
Tom Stevenson
as Doctor
Minerva Urecal
Charles Wagenheim
as Peasant
Geraldine Wall
as Nun
Lucille Ward
Ruth Warren
Cecil Weston
Ian Wolfe
as Minister of the Interior
Armand Cortez
Roman Bohnen
as Francois Soubirous
Nana Bryant
as Convent Mother Superior
Jerome Cowan
as Emperor Napoleon
Linda Darnell
as The Virgin Mary (uncredited)
Pedro de Cordoba
as Lecrampe
Charles Dingle
as Jacomet
Fritz Leiber
as Monk
Mae Marsh
as Woman
Dickie Moore
as Adolar
Patricia Morison
as Empress Eugenie
Alan Napier
as Psychiatrist
Alla Nazimova
Edward Van Sloan
as Doctor
Edwin Stanley
as Mr. Jones
Lionel Braham
as Baron Massey
Jerome Cowan
as Emperor Napoleon
Ruth Robinson
as Nun
Linda Darnell
as The Virgin Mary (uncredited)
Frank Reicher
as Dr. St. Cyr
Alan Napier
as Psychiatrist
Fritz Leiber
as Monk
Pat Dillon
as Bouhouhorts' Boy
George Sorel
as Franciscan Monk
Arthur Hohl
as Monk
Louis Mercier
as Huckster
Nestor Paiva
as Baker
Tom Stevenson
as Doctor
Dickie Moore
as Adolar
Geraldine Wall
as Nun
Nana Bryant
as Convent Mother Superior
Harry Denny
as Priest
Merrill Rodin
as Jean Soubirous
Patricia Morison
as Empress Eugenie
Mae Marsh
as Woman
Charles Dingle
as Jacomet
Hooper Atchley
as Policeman
Charles Wagenheim
as Peasant
Roman Bohnen
as Francois Soubirous
Ian Wolfe
as Minister of the Interior
Fred Essler
as Minister of Justice
Pedro de Cordoba
as Lecrampe
Julian Rivero
as Dominican Monk
Eugene Borden
as Gendarme
Harry Cording
as Stone Mason

Crew

Henry King
Director
William Perlberg
Producer
George Seaton
Screenwriter
Franz Werfel
Book Author
Arthur C. Miller
Cinematographer
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
James Basevi
Art Director
Rene Hubert
Costume Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects
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