Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with deaf girl Mabel Hubbard while teaching the deaf and trying to invent means for telegraphing the human voice. She urges him to put off thoughts of ... See full summary »
Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with deaf girl Mabel Hubbard while teaching the deaf and trying to invent means for telegraphing the human voice. She urges him to put off thoughts of marriage until his experiments are complete. He invents the telephone, marries and becomes rich and famous, though his happiness is threatened when a rival company sets out to ruin him. Written by
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One of the stories in the movie, that is set in 1873, is that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone "in his youth". But the first telephone was invented by Antonio Meucci in 1860 and Johann Philipp Reis in 1861, who also called his device "telephone", not Bell as it's stated in the movie. Bell didn't invented THE telephone but A telephone, the Bell-telephone. See more »
This was disappointing in that went too far on the love angle instead of the "inventing" angle. After all, Alexander Graham Bell is one of the most famous inventors of all time, so why not emphasize that? No, they went with romance, making to attract the female crowd.
Actually, Loretta Young was a lot more pleasing to see than Don Ameche (Bell) or Henry Fonda (Bell's assistant.) Ameche overrated brutally in this film, bordering on hysteria in certain scenes. Fonda's character did nothing but gripe and moan and be unenthusiastic as Bell's partner.
When I think of other uplifting biographical films of this time: Lincoln, Pasteur, Thorpe, Rockne, etc.) this one just doesn't measure up.
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