The Blue Veil (1951)


“Giving birth to a child doesn’t make a mother.” – Louise Mason

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – After losing a child following birth, a young widow becomes a nanny which changes her outlook on life and the direction she was headed towards.

My Take on it – This is another film is the rapidly growing list of film that I knew nothing about before coming across in during my quest to watch all films featuring Oscar nominated performances.

Jane Wyman is superb in the lead role and she shines throughout the film in this very effective role.

This film takes the idea that we never know how events in our lives will effect our future especially when things happen that we do not understand.

The main character played by Wyman evolves so much over the course of the film and it’s done in a great way because it is all via small and simple decisions.

The various vignettes of her life are great to watch unfold because Wyman makes us believe her character throughout.

She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here.

Joan Blondell was also nominated for an Oscar for performance in this film in the category of Best Supporting Actress.

Her role is quite small yet very significant.

This is a film that does a wonderful job showing how we can never truly know the direction our lives will take based solely on choices that we make which seem insignificant at the time.

Only when looking back on how we got to where we are can we truly see the mosaic that we have created in our wake.

Bottom Line – Great depiction of how things happen in our lives which we don’t understand that allow us to move onto a new and very satisfying path in life. The way that this character evolves over the course of the film is great because it shows things in a very simple manner, yet is extremely effective throughout. Wyman is great in this film and she truly shines throughout. She was very deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. Blondell is also great in her small yet significant role and was also nominated for her performance in that role as Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars. The film does a great job showing how we don’t always know what direction our lives will take based on our choices and only when looking back can we see the mosaic that is built on all of our previous seemingly insignificant choices. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was Jane Wyman’s favorite role. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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