• NR
  • 1h 42m
  • 1949
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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.
© 1949 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

New York Times
Bosley Crowther

Vivid, revealing and emotionally intense.

June 21, 2017
Emanuel Levy

Kazan's liberal tale of a black girl passing as white is rather simple and Jeanne Crain is weak in...

June 21, 2017
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dennis Schwartz

This is a groundbreaking film despite its absurdly stiff way at looking at how blacks and whites i...

June 21, 2017
TV Guide

This is a mature film, with great respect for the humanity of people who are able to transcend soc...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 1, 1949
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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