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Name: BYU
Number: BYUFMA115

JOHNNY BELINDA (CD)
Composed by: Max Steiner

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Name Number
Main Title 01
The Rape and Afterwards 11
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Another treasure from Brigham Young University's Film Music Archive - a masterpiece by the father of film music. Max's Steiner's 1948 score for "Johnny Belinda". 32 page deluxe color booklet with notes by film historian Rudy Behlmer, and composer John Morgan.

1. Main Title 2:13
2. Doctor Returns Home :39
3. Doctor for all Animals 2:20
4. Riding Out to the Farm 2:37
5. Lessons 1:14
6. Belinda at Work 2:29
7. Barn Dance 1:00
8. Customers Coming 3:45
9. Put Your Little Foot :56
10. Going After the Dummy 1:31
11. The Rape and Afterwards 1:26
12. No Lesson Today 2:45
13. The Examination 2:21
14. Belinda is Pregnant 2:10
15. Aggie’s Distress :25
16. Good Luck to Stella 1:14
17. Mac Learns about Belinda 3:04
18. Johnny is Born 4:14
19. Springtime 1:12
20. Locky Kills Mac 5:15
21. The Doctor Must Move On 3:21
22. Town Meeting 2:27
23. Johnny Belinda :38
24. Stella visits Belinda 3:11
25. Locky Goes After Johnny 2:02
26. Finale 2:01
27. Publisher’s Demo Recording 1:59

After years of dumb-blonde and best-friend roles, Jane Wyman proved her skills as a dramatic actress — and won an Academy Award in the bargain — in "Johnny Belinda." Adapted from a stage play by Elmer Harris, the story takes place in Nova Scotia, where deaf-mute Belinda (Wyman) leads a lonely existence on the hardscrabble farm of her father Black Macdonald (Charles Bickford) and her aunt Aggie (Agnes Moorehead). Newly arrived doctor Robert Richardson (Lew Ayres) takes a special interest in Belinda, vowing to ease her road in life by teaching her sign language. Despite initial resistance from her father and aunt, Belinda quickly learns how to communicate with others, opening a whole, wonderful new world for her. But things take a sorry turn when local lout Locky (Stephan McNally) corners poor Belinda after a village dance and rapes her. If the ending seems a bit ambiguous, it is because director Jean Negulesco intended it that way, allowing the viewer to draw his or her own conclusion regarding Belinda's future relationship with her mentor Dr. Richardson. Upon accepting her Oscar, Jane Wyman commented on the fact that she accomplished this feat through the simple expedient of "keeping my mouth shut." But there is nothing simple or facile in Wyman's astonishing performance as Belinda, which far outclasses the actresses who repeated the role in the two TV remakes. Also worthy of praise is the lush musical score by Max Steiner, one of his best post-Casablanca efforts. 1948

  
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