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  • Rated: Unrated
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 1949
English: Stereo / English, Spanish, & French: Mono
English, Spanish, & French / Subtitled


Pinky (Jeanne Crain), a black woman who works as a nurse in Boston, finds she is able to "pass for white." Afraid her true heritage will be discovered, she leaves her white fiancé (William Lundigan) and returns home to Mississippi. There, she helps her ailing grandmother (Ethel Waters) by caring for her employer (Ethel Barrymore), an imperious plantation owner. When she names Pinky heiress to her estate, the community rises in resentment, triggering a sensational court trial.

Subject of landmark Supreme Court case in film censorship, this story about a mulatto woman's rights against prejudice, became itself, a battle for civil rights.

Disc Information

*Full Screen Feature

Cast & Crew

Jeanne Crain ... Patricia "Pinky" Johnson
Ethel Barrymore ... Miss Em
Ethel Waters ... Granny Dysey Johnson
William Lundigan ... Dr. Thomas Adams
Basil Ruysdael ... Judge Walker
Kenny Washington ... Dr.Canady
Nina Mae McKinney ... Rozelia


Bosley Crowther New York Times | March 25, 2006

Vivid, revealing and emotionally intense.


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