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The Blue Veil (1951)

Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse. As the years pass, and the widow tries to find her own place in life, her young charges,... See full summary »

Directors:

Curtis Bernhardt, Busby Berkeley (uncredited)

Writers:

François Campaux (story), Norman Corwin
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Louise Mason
Charles Laughton ... Fred K. Begley
Joan Blondell ... Annie Rawlins
Richard Carlson ... Gerald Kean
Agnes Moorehead ... Mrs. Palfrey
Don Taylor ... Dr. Robert Palfrey
Audrey Totter ... Helen Williams
Cyril Cusack ... Frank Hutchins
Everett Sloane ... District Attorney
Natalie Wood ... Stephanie Rawlins
Vivian Vance ... Alicia
Carleton G. Young ... Henry Palfrey
Alan Napier ... Prof. George Carter
Warner Anderson ... Bill Parker
Les Tremayne ... Joplin
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Storyline

Louise Mason is a young widow who fills her empty life with the task of becoming a children's nurse. As the years pass, and the widow tries to find her own place in life, her young charges, the children of various employers, grow and soon find themselves ready to face the world. When it seems that she will be alone, the nurse finds that her 'children' have ideas of their own in regards to helping their beloved mentor. Written by alfiehitchie

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Who is the real Mother of this Child? The woman who gave it life... or the woman who gave it love?

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blue Veil See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 24, 1952 with Jane Wyman reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Louise Mason: I don't want anything .I... Are you going to let them take Tony away from me?
District Attorney: Much as I regret to say it, the law doesn't allow that he be left with you.
Louise Mason: She's never been a mother to him. Giving birth to a child doesn't make a mother. What about the thousand and million things that she doesn't know; that she'll never know about him? What does she know about the things that frighten him? Or how to comfort him when he wakes up in the night crying? All the little things about him. What if I had ...
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Crazy Credits

[prologue] "Who raises a child of his own flesh lives with nature; who raises a child of another's lives with God". MERITAS See more »

Alternate Versions

Remake of the french movie 'Le voile bleu' (1942) d. Jean Stelli See more »

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Another great (and unavailable) 50's film
20 June 2004 | by robertshort_3See all my reviews

As another reviewer noted, "The Blue Veil" is apparently entangled in rights litigation, which would certainly explain why this wonderful movie is never shown on TV nowadays; nor, sadly, is it available for release on video. Over the years I have noticed that a number of the great Jane Wyman's 1950's movies seem to have fallen off the radar screen. "Magnificent Obsession" and "All That Heaven Allows" seem to be the only titles that have been released to video or warrant reasonably frequent TV airings. While these two Douglas Sirk titles are undeniably fine, what about the others? I clearly remember seeing such Wyman films as "The Blue Veil", "So Big" and "Lucy Gallant" on TV in the 1960's and very early 1970's. Since that point, many of these 1950's and early '60's movies have disappeared into oblivion (at least in my immediate TV viewing area). As there does not appear to be any hurry to release these great films on video, I can only lament the loss.


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