Synopsis by Hal Erickson
First telecast on October 22, 1967, Johnny Belinda is a taped, 90-minute TV remake of the 1948 film of the same name. Mia Farrow recreates Jane Wyman's role as Belinda, a lonely deaf-mute girl living with her father in a Nova Scotian village. Ian Bannen assumes the Lew Ayres part as the doctor who teaches Belinda sign language and pulls her out of her shell. David Carradine swaggers about in the villain role originally played by Steve Cochran: The drunken fisherman who rapes Belinda, and whom she later kills to protect her baby. Johnny Belinda was the first of several ABC TV adaptations of classic films, produced between 1967 and 1969 by David Susskind.
baby, deaf-mute, doctor, father, fisherman, rape, sign-language