Jane Eyre (1944)

USA, 1944
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American borderline horror film directed by Robert Stevenson.

Plot Summary

Jane Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall to take up the post of governess to the young ward of Edward Rochester. She soon falls in love with Rochester, despite the age difference, but he seems more interested in the beautiful and wealthy Blanche Ingram. Meanwhile, Thornfield Hall holds a terrible secret that could spell tragedy for everyone…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Copyright MCMXLIV [1944] by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century-Fox presents. Released through Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
In Charge of Production: William Goetz
Screen Play by: Aldous Huxley, Robert Stevenson and John Houseman
By: Charlotte Brontë
Scenario Assistant: Barbara Keon
Director of Photography: George Barnes
Film Editor: Walter Thompson
Music: Bernard Herrmann
Sound: W.D. Flick, Roger Heman
Western Electric Recording
Costumes: Rene Hubert
Makeup Artist: Guy Pearce
Special Photographic Effects by: Fred Sersen
Production Designed by: William Pereira
Art Direction: James Basevi, Wiard B. Ihnen
Set Decorations: Thomas Little
Associate [Set Decorator]: Ross Dowd

Orson Welles as “Edward Rochester”
Joan Fontaine as “Jane”
Margaret O’Brien (Adele Varens)
Peggy Ann Garner (Jane as a child)
John Sutton (Dr Rivers)
Sara Allgood (Bessie)
Henry Daniell (Henry Brocklehurst)
Agnes Moorehead (Mrs Reed)
Aubrey Mather (Colonel Dent)
Edith Barrett (Mrs Fairfax)
Barbara Everest (Lady Ingram)
Hillary Brooke (Blanche Ingram)
Mae Marsh [Leah] *
Erskine Sanford [Mr Briggs] *
Elizabeth Taylor [Helen Burns] *

Alternative Titles

Alma rebelde – Spain
Kotiopettajattaren romaani – Finland
La porta proibita – Italy
Die Waise von Lowood – Austria, Germany

Extracts included in
The American Film Institute Salute to Orson Welles (1975)
Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann (1992)



  • Video World March 1983 – review


  • Bernard Herrmann, Hollywood’s Music-dramatist by Edward Johnson pp.33
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.215-217 – credits, review (by R.L.N. [Renée L. Nogales] and J.C.T. [John C. Tibbetts])
  • A Heart at Fire’s Centre: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann by Steven C. Smith pp.48, 54, 67, 97, 104-109
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.229 – credits