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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 »

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Thomas Sanders
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Mrs. Hubbard
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Gertrude Hubbard
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Grace Hubbard
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Berta Hubbard
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George Sanders
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Mr. Barrows
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Chauncey Smith
Jonathan Hale ...
President of Western Union
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Judge Rider
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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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Darryl F. Zanuck's Entertainment gem will take its place in the Hall of Fame !


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14 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Alexander Graham Bell  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Don Ameche's brother, Jim Ameche, portrayed Alexander Graham Bell in The Story of Mankind (1957). See more »

Goofs

Bell said, that he sent the first time a sound through a wire, in the 1870s. The actual first sound through a wire was made by Philipp Reis in 1862. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Graham Bell: Your honor... Have I committed some offense by starving in an attic? by spending sleepless nights at my work? by being too poor to own a decent scrap of paper, on which to tell her of my love? I have sat here for days and heard myself called liar, thief, fraud and cheat. I've seen my friends humiliated, my invention belittled, just as I have seen my business destroyed by methods which must leave every honest man appalled.
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Connections

Referenced in Shop Look & Listen (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
Music traditional - English origin (ca. 1755)
Part of a medley sung by an unidentified trio demonstrating the telephone
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An Inspiring Story
26 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Not a Henry Fonda film, nor is it a Don Ameche film (who went on to appear in 'Trading Places' with Eddie Murphy in the early 80's). This film belongs to Hollywood and is the story of the progress of humanity. It is not a vehicle for anyone's career, it is merely documenting the human experience as in the stage.


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