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Adam Had Four Sons (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 February 1941 (USA)
A governess becomes the center of a wealthy family after her employer's wife dies.

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Hester Stoddard
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Molly Stoddard
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Jack Stoddard (older)
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David Stoddard (older)
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Chris Stoddard (older)
Charles Lind ...
Phillip Stoddard (older)
Billy Ray ...
Jack Stoddard (younger)
Steven Muller ...
David Stoddard (younger)
Wallace Chadwell ...
Chris Stoddard (younger)
Bobby Walberg ...
Phillip Stoddard (younger)
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Vance
Pietro Sosso ...
Otto
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Early 1905, French governess Emilie Gallatin (Ingrid Bergman) is hired to care of a luxurious family mansion and the four sons of wealthy Adam Stoddard (Warner Baxter) and his wife, Molly Stoddard (Fay Wray). Things couldn't be more perfect, until in 1907, first Molly dies, and then the stock market crashes, wiping out the Soddard's fortune. Emilie is forced to go back home to France. The parting is difficult, for the teenager boys - Jack Stoddard (Billy Ray), David Stoddard (Steven Muller), Chris Stoddard (Wallace Chadwell), and Phillip Stoddard (Bobby Walberg) - had grown to depend on Emilie more after the loss of their mother, and Emilie had fallen in love with Adam. Seven years later, just before the beginning of World War I, the family's fortunes have improved, and Adam insists with Emilie to return and stay on as part of the family - preserving her from the foreseeable fates of war. The four boys are adults, and they all serve in various branches of the military - Jack Stoddard (... Written by Artemis-9

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$488,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Classic drama with enjoyable performances from Bergman and Hayward.
4 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Ingrid Bergman is hired as a governess for the Stoddard's. Warner Baxter plays the father of this family. The film journey's through the death of the mother, stock market crash and the marriage of one of the sons to a free spirited wife. Susan Hayward is very entertaining as bad girl Hester. Enjoyable face off between Bergman and Hayward.


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