Pinky is a black girl who has been passing for white in the north. When she comes home after spending most of her life at school in the north, she is not prepared for the way that the law and other whites treat her. Trained as a nurse, Pinky takes over care of Miss Em, the old white woman her grandmother has long worked for and considers a friend. When her white boyfriend comes from the north, he discovers Pinky’s secret but is ready to marry her—if they keep the secret to themselves. Pinky must decide who she is and where she belongs.
Although Pinky is played by a white actress, Jeanne Crain, as the dictates of the time it was made would have demanded, this is a moving story. Ethel Waters plays Pinky’s grandmother and Ethel Barrymore is Miss Em. The three ladies were nominated for Academy Awards for their roles in the film.
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