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* {{Nephewism}}: Belinda was raised by her father and aunt after her mother died in childbirth.

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* {{Nephewism}}: Belinda was raised by her father and aunt after her mother [[MissingMom died in childbirth.childbirth]].


Dr. Robert Richardson (Ayres) has recently set up practice in a small fishing village on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}. His secretary Stella (Jan Sterling) takes a shine to him, but the doctor ignores her attentions. He is too busy taking an interest in the case of Belinda [=MacDonald=] (Wyman), a young deaf-mute woman who lives with her widowed father (Charles Bickford) and spinster aunt (Creator/AgnesMoorehead). Dr. Richardson teaches Belinda how to read, how to read lips, and how to communicate with sign language. He then takes her to a specialist who delivers the sad news that Belinda's deafness can't be cured, as well as the very surprising news that Belinda is pregnant. The town gossips all assume that Dr. Richardson is the father, but the real father is Locky [=McCormick=] (Stephen [=McNally=]), a local fisherman who raped Belinda.

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Dr. Robert Richardson (Ayres) has recently set up practice in a small fishing village on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}. His secretary Stella (Jan Sterling) takes a shine to him, but the doctor ignores her attentions. He is too busy taking an interest in the case of Belinda [=MacDonald=] (Wyman), a young deaf-mute woman who lives with her widowed father Black (Charles Bickford) and her spinster aunt Aggie (Creator/AgnesMoorehead). Dr. Richardson teaches Belinda how to read, how to read lips, and how to communicate with sign language. He then takes her to a specialist who delivers the sad news that Belinda's deafness can't be cured, as well as the very surprising news that Belinda is pregnant. The town gossips all assume that Dr. Richardson is the father, but the real father is Locky [=McCormick=] (Stephen [=McNally=]), a local fisherman who raped Belinda.


Dr. Robert Richardson (Ayres) has recently set up practice in a small fishing village on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}. His secretary Stella (Jan Sterling) takes a shine to him, but the doctor ignores her attentions. He is too busy taking an interest in the case of Belinda [=MacDonald=] (Wyman), a young deaf-mute woman who lives with her widowed father (Charles Bickford) and spinster aunt (Creator/AgnesMoorehead). Dr. Richardson teaches Belinda how to read, how to read lips, and how to communicate with sign language. He then takes her to a specialist who delivers the sad news that Belinda's deafness can't be cured, as well as the very surprising news that Belinda is pregnant. The town gossips all assume that Dr. Richardson is the father, but the real father is Locky (Stephen [=McNally=]), a local fisherman who raped Belinda.

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Dr. Robert Richardson (Ayres) has recently set up practice in a small fishing village on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}. His secretary Stella (Jan Sterling) takes a shine to him, but the doctor ignores her attentions. He is too busy taking an interest in the case of Belinda [=MacDonald=] (Wyman), a young deaf-mute woman who lives with her widowed father (Charles Bickford) and spinster aunt (Creator/AgnesMoorehead). Dr. Richardson teaches Belinda how to read, how to read lips, and how to communicate with sign language. He then takes her to a specialist who delivers the sad news that Belinda's deafness can't be cured, as well as the very surprising news that Belinda is pregnant. The town gossips all assume that Dr. Richardson is the father, but the real father is Locky [=McCormick=] (Stephen [=McNally=]), a local fisherman who raped Belinda.


Ayres is Dr. Robert Richardson, the new doctor who arrives in a fishing village in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}. His secretary Stella takes a shine to him, but the doctor ignores her attentions. He is too busy taking an interest in the case of Belinda [=McDonald=], a young deaf-mute woman who lives with her aunt and her widowed father. Dr. Richardson teaches Belinda how to read, how to read lips, and how to communicate with sign language. He then takes her to a specialist who delivers the sad news that Belinda's deafness can't be cured, as well as the very surprising news that Belinda is pregnant. The town gossips all assume that Dr. Richardson is the father, but the real father is Locky, a local fisherman who raped Belinda.

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Ayres is Dr. Robert Richardson, the new doctor who arrives Richardson (Ayres) has recently set up practice in a small fishing village in on Cape Breton Island, Island in Nova Scotia, UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}. His secretary Stella (Jan Sterling) takes a shine to him, but the doctor ignores her attentions. He is too busy taking an interest in the case of Belinda [=McDonald=], [=MacDonald=] (Wyman), a young deaf-mute woman who lives with her aunt and her widowed father.father (Charles Bickford) and spinster aunt (Creator/AgnesMoorehead). Dr. Richardson teaches Belinda how to read, how to read lips, and how to communicate with sign language. He then takes her to a specialist who delivers the sad news that Belinda's deafness can't be cured, as well as the very surprising news that Belinda is pregnant. The town gossips all assume that Dr. Richardson is the father, but the real father is Locky, Locky (Stephen [=McNally=]), a local fisherman who raped Belinda.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "She looks right spry for a woman who's just had her arteries cut out."..."Not her [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovary arteries]], Mrs. Lutz."

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "She looks right spry for a woman who's just had her arteries cut out."..."Not her [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovary arteries]], Mrs. Lutz."GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the future, please check the trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.


* CanadaDoesNotExist: Aside from the film being stated to take place in Nova Scotia, and some different terminology in the court scenes (the judge gets called "my lord" etc.) you'd be pretty hard-pressed to notice it's in Canada, not the US. It was made by Americans in California, so this isn't really surprising.

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* CanadaDoesNotExist: Aside from the film being stated to take place in Nova Scotia, and some different terminology in the court scenes (the judge gets called "my lord" etc.) you'd be pretty hard-pressed to notice it's in Canada, not the US. It was made by Americans in California, so this isn't really surprising.


* HandSignals: Belinda is taught sign language by Dr. Loomis, and thereafter communicates with it.



* SacrificialLion: The death of the father. It pushes Locky into the pure evil category, helping the audience to [[AssholeVictim feel good about his murder]].

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* SacrificialLion: The death of the father. It pushes Locky into the pure evil category, helping the audience to [[AssholeVictim feel good about his murder]].Belinda shooting him]].



* ThreeMonthOldNewborn: New-born Johnny looks at least three months old.
* TraumaCongaLine: Your mother dies in childbirth. You go deaf and mute due to an illness shortly thereafter. You get raped. Your father falls off a cliff and dies. The town tries to take from you your child by rape. You have to shoot your rapist to keep him from stealing your baby. Then you're tried for murder.

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* ThreeMonthOldNewborn: New-born Newborn Johnny looks at least three months old.
* TraumaCongaLine: Your mother dies in childbirth. You go deaf and mute due to an illness shortly thereafter. You get raped. Your father falls off a cliff and dies. The town tries to take get your baby from you your child by rape. you. You have to shoot your rapist to keep him from stealing your baby. baby, and kill him. Then you're tried for his murder.


* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Someone as uneducated and ignorant of the world as Belinda might not even know what abortion is, but still, she's pretty happy about having her rapist's baby. Of course, abortion was illegal then.


* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Someone as uneducated and ignorant of the world as Belinda might not even know what abortion is, but still, she's pretty happy about having her rapist's baby. Of course, abortion was illegal anyway.

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Someone as uneducated and ignorant of the world as Belinda might not even know what abortion is, but still, she's pretty happy about having her rapist's baby. Of course, abortion was illegal anyway.then.



* RedHerring: The father's business ledger. We are told Belinda can identify all of the customers by their sign. When it seems this information would come in handy to identify the rapist, the book is brushed aside and never brought up again. However, it's justified as she's said to blocked it out beforehand.

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* RedHerring: The father's business ledger. We are told Belinda can identify all of the customers by their sign. When it seems this information would come in handy to identify the rapist, the book is brushed aside and never brought up again. However, it's justified as she's said to have blocked it out beforehand.



* TraumaCongaLine: Your mother dies in childbirth. You go deaf from an illness shortly thereafter. You get raped. Your father falls off a cliff and dies. The town tries to take from you your child by rape. You have to shoot your rapist to keep him from stealing your baby. Then you're tried for murder.

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* TraumaCongaLine: Your mother dies in childbirth. You go deaf from and mute due to an illness shortly thereafter. You get raped. Your father falls off a cliff and dies. The town tries to take from you your child by rape. You have to shoot your rapist to keep him from stealing your baby. Then you're tried for murder.


''Johnny Belinda'' is a 1948 drama film directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Jane Wyman and Creator/LewAyres.

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''Johnny Belinda'' is a 1948 drama film directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Jane Wyman Creator/JaneWyman and Creator/LewAyres.


[[caption-width-right:350:She's deaf! It's inspiring.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:She's deaf! deaf and mute! It's inspiring.]]


* ChildByRape: Belinda seems untroubled by Johnny's origin.

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* ChildByRape: Belinda seems untroubled by Johnny's origin. It's quite possible she doesn't even understand the connection though.



* {{Nephewism}}: Belinda was raised by her uncle after her mother died in childbirth.

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* {{Nephewism}}: Belinda was raised by her uncle father and aunt after her mother died in childbirth.



* PoorCommunicationKills: As the doctor explains, Belinda had blocked out the rape. Her not coming clean to anyone about Locky's deed creates all the drama in the second half of the movie. It certainly would have helped her case in court.

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* PoorCommunicationKills: As the doctor explains, Belinda had blocked out the rape. Her not coming clean to anyone about Locky's deed creates all the drama in the second half of the movie. It certainly would have helped her case in court. Of course, they might not have believed her anyway.



* RedHerring: The father's business ledger. We are told Belinda can identify all of the customers by their sign. When it seems this information would come in handy to identify the rapist, the book is brushed aside and never brought up again.

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* RedHerring: The father's business ledger. We are told Belinda can identify all of the customers by their sign. When it seems this information would come in handy to identify the rapist, the book is brushed aside and never brought up again. However, it's justified as she's said to blocked it out beforehand.



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Stella mentions to Locky that Belinda could never tell on him which he takes to heart.

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Stella mentions to Locky that Belinda could never tell on him him, which he takes to heart.

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