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Storyline

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. To raise money for the court fees, Pinky washes clothes... Written by Broncine G. Carter

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The love story of a girl who passed for white!

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Trivia

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.

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Goofs

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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Quotes

Melba Wooley

: Cousin Em, what do you mean, gettin' sick like this?


Miss Em

: When you're eighty years old, you expect to be sick. Sit down.


Melba Wooley

: Now, now. Naughty, naughty. Eighty years *young* is what we say.


Miss Em

: I don't. It's old, and I won't have it minimized. Takes a lot of livin' to get there, and pure, cursed endurance. Eighty years young indeed!


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Featured in

Classified X

 (1998)

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Details

Release Date:

November 1949 (USA)

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,200,000

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

102 min

Sound Mix:

Mono

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1

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