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The Blue Veil (1951) is a film drama made by Wald/Krasna Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. It tells the story of a child torn between the competing claims of his birth mother and his adoptive mother. The film is currently in litigation and is not available for television or video.

It stars Jane Wyman, Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, Richard Carlson, Agnes Moorehead, Audrey Totter, Cyril Cusack, Natalie Wood, Vivian Vance, Dan O'Herlihy, and Harry Morgan.

The Blue Veil was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jane Wyman) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Joan Blondell). It was directed by Curtis Bernhardt and produced by Jerry Wald and Norman Krasna with Raymond Hakim as associate producer. The screenplay was by Norman Corwin from the story by François Campaux. It is a remake of the French language movie from 1942 Le Voile bleu.

Reportedly, in the last few years of her life, Jane Wyman admitted to friends that of the 83 films she had made, The Blue Veil was her favorite.


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.


Jane Wyman as Louise Mason

Charles Laughton as Fred K. Begley

Joan Blondell as Annie Rawlins

Richard Carlson as Gerald Kean

Agnes Moorehead as Mrs. Palfrey

Don Taylor as Dr. Robert Palfrey

Audrey Totter as Helen Williams

Cyril Cusack as Frank Hutchins

Everett Sloane as District Attorney

Natalie Wood as Stephanie Rawlins

Vivian Vance as Alicia

Carleton G. Young as Henry Palfrey

Alan Napier as Prof. George Carter

Warner Anderson as Bill Parker

Les Tremayne as Joplin

Dan Seymour as Pelt

Dan O'Herlihy as Hugh Williams

Harry Morgan as Charles Hall

Gary Jackson as Robert Palfrey as a Boy

Gregory Marshall as Harrison Palfrey

Dee Pollock as Tony

Jimmy Hawkins as Tommy (as Jim Hawkins)

Lillian Albertson as Mrs. Lipscott

James Anderson as Jim Tappan

Genevieve Bell as Head Nurse

Lovyss Bradley as

Athalie Daniell as Sue

Frank Gerstle as Doctor

Jo Gilbert as Miss Dunlop

Lisa Golm as Elsa

James Griffith as Joplin's Agent

Joy Hallward as Miss Golub

Jimmy Hunt as Boy in Shop

Patricia Joiner as Phyllis

Hazel Keener as Nurse

Roberta Lee as Actress

Edith Leslie as Gussie

Jane Liddell as Denis' Wife

Muriel Maddox as Mrs. Tappan

Lewis Martin as Archbishop

Torben Meyer as Photographer

Anne Moore as Sarah

Robert Nichols as Fred Begley Jr.

Richard Norris as Denis

Frank O'Connor as Train Conductor

Ruth Packard as Sue's Mother

John Ridgely as The Doctor

Sammy Shack as Cabbie

Kathryn Sheldon as Mrs. Chalmers

Miles Shepard as Guard

Harry Strang as Traffic Cop

Sylvia Syms as Miss Quimby

Irene Vernon as Stephanie as an Adult

Mack Williams as Detective


Directed by
Curtis Bernhardt 
Busby Berkeley

Writing credits
François Campaux - story
Norman Corwin - screenwriter

Produced by
Raymond Hakim as associate producer
Norman Krasna as producer
Jerry Wald as producer

Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Roy Webb

Cinematography by
Franz Planer (as Frank Planer)

Film Editing by
George J. Amy

Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 

Set Decoration by
Al Orenbach 
Darrell Silvera 

Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)

Makeup Department
Perc Westmore. as hair stylist
Perc Westmore. as makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Donahue. as assistant director

Sound Department
Clem Portman. as sound
Jean L. Speak. as sound

Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff. as musical director

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