The spring is not for me...
A 1943 classic about the life of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, who saw eighteen visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes. The film starred Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford, Gladys Cooper, William Eythe, Vincent Price, Anne Revere, and Jennifer Jones in an Academy Award-winning turn as Bernadette.
: "In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the Virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the town, and transforms their lives."
- Academy Award: Won four, including Best Actress for Jennifer Jones and Best Original Score for Alfred Newman, and was nominated for eight more, including Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (Gladys Cooper and Anne Revere), Best Supporting Actor (Charles Bickford), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Of course, but entirely justified.
- Egocentrically Religious: Sister Vauzous thinks Bernadette is this. She's wrong.
- Heel Realization: Sister Vauzous, along with her My God, What Have I Done?
- Hollywood Nuns: This film was the initial Trope Codifier. But every detail was meticulously researched.
- Ill Girl: Bernadette.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Sister Vauzous, after her Oh Crap moment.
- Nuns Are Spooky: Well, Sister Vauzous certainly is.
- Nuns N' Rosaries: Yes, but also justified.
- Oh Crap: Sister Vauzous, upon realizing just how very, very wrong she was in assuming that Bernadette had never truly suffered and therefore didn't deserve the visions she received. Twice.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Sister Vauzous gives Bernadette one at the tail end of the film about how she has never known real suffering, only for Bernadette to reveal that she has been living with the impossibly painful condition tuberculosis of the bone in her legs for years.
- Taking the Veil: Bernadette is "encouraged" to do this, because the authorities think that having a real-life saint living in the real world is a generally bad idea. Bernadette herself would have liked marriage and a family, but doesn't seem too upset at joining the convent instead.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Bernadette, of course.
- Turn the Other Cheek: Bernadette lives by this rule.
- Waif Prophet: Bernadette - Truth in Television.
- Wham Line: "Maybe there is something I can do," says Bernadette immediately prior to revealing her crippling leg tumour and tuberculosis of the bone.