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Inventor Thomas Edison's boyhood is chronicled and shows him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific experiments usually end up causing disastrous results. As a result, the towns ... See full summary »

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Fay Bainter ...
Mrs. Samuel 'Nancy' Edison
George Bancroft ...
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Mr. Nelson
Victor Kilian ...
Mr. Dingle
Bobby Jordan ...
Joe 'Joey' Dingle (as Bobbie Jordan)
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Mr. McCarney
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Dr. Pender
John Kellogg ...
Clem Bevans ...
Mr. Waddell
Eily Malyon ...
Miss Lavina Howard, School Teacher
Harry Shannon ...
Army Captain Brackett
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Inventor Thomas Edison's boyhood is chronicled and shows him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific experiments usually end up causing disastrous results. As a result, the towns folk all think Tom is crazy, and creating a strained relationship between Tom and his father. Toms only solace is his understanding mother who believes he's headed to do great things. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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15 March 1940 (USA)  »

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Der junge Edison  »

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 23, 1940 with Mickey Rooney and Virginia Weidler reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When young Tom jumps on the train to sell his maple candy, he tells the first customer the price is "a nickel". The scene takes place in the late 1850s. The first US nickel five cent coin wasn't issued until 1866. (At the time, the only 5¢ coin was a half-dime, a tiny silver coin but not called "a nickel".) See more »

Quotes

Samuel 'Sam' Edison: [Standing with family and watching Tom's train depart] Once he was known as Sam Edison's son. But now I'm Tom Edison's father, and I don't mind.
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Crazy Credits

After "The End" title page, a portrait of Tom Edison is displayed and, after some of the inventor's many accomplishments are noted, then the camera pans back to show Spencer Tracy admiring the painting while the narrator announces the forthcoming "Edison, The Man (1940)" biography (featuring Tracy in the title role). See more »

Connections

Followed by Edison, the Man (1940) See more »

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Jingle bells
Written by James Pierpont (as J.S. Pierpont) (1857)
Played as part of the score at Christmas
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A good account of Edison's early life, with Mickey Rooney in top form.
1 March 2000 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Like most people, I have always been an admirer of Thomas Alva Edison, probably the most prolific inventor of all time. But as I watched the movie, I wondered how much of it was fabricated. According to the world book encyclopedia, pretty much all of the incidents depicted in the movie happened, although some of the time frames were changed to allow Mickey Rooney to play the part throughout the film. And Rooney, always a very underrated actor, is terrific. With very good support from Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler and George Bancroft as members of Edison's family, this is a film easily enjoyed by everyone. And look for a cameo by Spencer Tracy, who already had been cast in the sequel, "Edison, the Man (1940)," which was in production when this film was released.


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