This deeply moving drama features three indelible Oscar-nominated performances from Jeanne Crain, Ethel Barrymore and Ethel Waters. Pinky, a young nurse (Jeanne Crain), returns to her small southern hometown, but the trip is a bittersweet one: Educated in the North, Pinky is engaged to a doctor who doesn't know that she is part black. Her grandmother (Ethel Waters) is a proud black woman who is less than happy to learn that Pinky's fiance is white. Then, Pinky's friendship with a southern aristocrat, Miss Em (Ethel Barrymore), is cause for more scandal - and a lawsuit - when she dies and leaves her house to Pinky. Shunned by both blacks and whites, Pinky's choices make her the unfortunate target of bigotry in this compelling classic.
Based on Cid Ricketts Sumner's novel about a young woman who passes for white who leaves her career and fiance behind in New York to return to her life as a black woman in the deep South. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actress--Jeanne Crain.
Cid Ricketts's controversial novel about miscegenation comes alive in this deliciously melodramatic film starring Jeanne Crain, Ethel Waters and Ethel Barrymore. Pinky, a proud, fair-skinned black woman, leaves her small southern hometown to attend nursing school up north. In Boston, Pinky "passes" for white and lives freely, unfettered by racial discrimination. At school, she dates the handsome -- and white -- Dr. Thomas Adam. Ignorant of her racial identity, he falls in love with her. Recognizing the problems associated with inter-racial marriage, Pinky returns home to her hard-working grandmother, hoping to forget Tom. But he's too dedicated to let her go. Instead, he follows Pinky south and tries to persuade her to renounce her origins and marry him in spite of everything. Will she choose a lifetime of love under false pretenses or make a steadfast decision to uplift her race'
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