DIRECTED BY ELIA KAZAN/ JOHN FORD (uncredited)
PRODUCED BY DARRYL F. ZANUCK
TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION
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Pinky, a light skinned black woman, returns to her grandmother's house in the South after graduating from a Northern nursing school. Pinky tells her grandmother that she has been "passing" for white while at school in the North. In addition, Pinky has fallen in love with a young white doctor, Dr. Thomas Adams, who knows nothing about her black heritage. Pinky says that she will return to the North, but Granny Johnson convinces her to stay and treat an ailing white woman, Miss Em. Meanwhile, Dr. Canady, a black physician from another part of the state, visits Pinky and asks her to train some African American students, but she declines. Pinky nurses Miss Em but is resentful because she seems to feel that she is doing the same thing her grandmother did. Pinky and Miss Em slowly develop a mutual respect for one another. Mrs. Em leaves Pinky her property when she dies, but relatives of the deceased woman contest the new will in court.
Written by Broncine G. Carter
Jeanne Crain ... Patricia 'Pinky' Johnson
Ethel Barrymore ... Miss Em
Ethel Waters ... Pinky's Granny
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
Shelby Bacon ... Boy (uncredited)
Rene Beard ... Teejore (uncredited)
Bert Conway ... Loafer (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Mr. Jeffers Wooley (uncredited)
William Hansen ... Mr. Goolby (uncredited)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Police Chief (uncredited)
Jean Inness ... Viola, Saleslady (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... George, Wooleys' Chauffeur (uncredited)
Juanita Moore ... Nurse (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Tonya Overstreet ... Nurse (uncredited)
Dan Riss ... Mr. Stanley, Wooleys' Attorney (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Townsman (uncredited)
Cid Ricketts Sumner (novel)
Philip Dunne (screenplay) and
Dudley Nichols (screenplay)
Elia Kazan contributor to screenplay (uncredited)
Lena Horne initially campaigned to play the title role in this movie (she was light enough to photograph "white"), but in the end, the movie studio felt white American audiences would feel more comfortable with a white actress, especially since love scenes with a white actor were involved.
John Ford was the original director of the film, but after seeing dailies Darryl F. Zanuck felt Ford wasn't connecting with the material. Zanuck called Elia Kazan in New York and asked him to take over the film. Kazan felt he owed Zanuck for his film career, and agreed to do the movie without even looking at the script. He flew to Los Angeles and started filming the next Monday.
William Hansen's feature film debut.
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 18, 1950 with Ethel Barrymore and Jeanne Crain reprising their film roles.
Linda Darnell showed interest in the lead role, but Darryl F. Zanuck noticed that her character resembled her character in Forever Amber too much. Fearing comparison, he rejected her for the lead.
According to her biographer Donald Bogle, Dorothy Dandridge tested for the lead role.
When actress Nina May Mckinney's character gets slapped on the left side of her face by the white officer, Nina mistakenly rubs the right side of her face
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