This is one of the MOST beautifully lighted movies I’ve ever seen! It also has an unusual, engaging, and (unapologetically) romantic storyline. If you liked The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, you should check out Portrait of Jennie. Eben Adams (Joseph Cotton) is a struggling artist in NYC, hoping and waiting for a spark of inspiration. He paints for a living, earns some money, BUT wants to create a great piece.
One day in Central Park, Eben meets an unusually pretty, cheerful young girl named Jennie Appleton (Jennifer Jones). They chat as she skates across the pond. Eben is captivated by Jennie’s face, and wants to paint her portrait. But Jennie has to leave.
Eben tells his friends, art dealer, and gallery owner (played by Ethel Barrymore) about Jennie; she has become his inspiration. He looks for her in the park for several days. When he sees Jennie again, she has grown a bit older! How can that be? Eben asks to meet her parents, so he can get permission to paint her. Jennie says that her parents died in a high-wire accident. She doesn’t give her address. Eben does some research to find out more about this mysterious girl.
This film has an aura of mystery, suspense, and sweetness. Is Jennie a ghost? And is there any way for these lovers to be together?