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Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 15 August 1941 (USA)
After losing her young son, Edna Gladney opposes the unfair laws discriminating against children whose parents are unknown, and opens an orphanage for those children.

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Mrs. Kahly
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Mrs. Keats
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Allan Keats
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Damon
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Cleo
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G. Harrington Hedger (as Charlie Arnt)
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Mrs. Gilworth
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Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. Edna discovers by chance how the law treats children who are without parents and decides to do something about it. She opens a home for foundlings and orphans and begins to place children in good homes, despite the opposition of "conservative" citizens, who would condemn illegitimate children for being born out of wedlock. Eventually Edna leads a fight in the Texas legislature to remove the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records in that state, while continuing to be an advocate for homeless children. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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She rang every doorbell in Texas. See more »


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15 August 1941 (USA)  »

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De corazón a corazón  »

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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles on KTTV (Channel 11) Friday 3 May 1957, followed by both Minneapolis and Hartford CT Saturday 11 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9) and WHCT (Channel 18), by Philadelphia Sunday 12 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Honolulu Tuesday 14 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), and by Chicago Saturday 15 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); in New York City it first aired 25 January 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in San Francisco 29 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Quotes

Edna: There are no illegitimate children. There are only illegitimate parents!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a great woman, and of the great work she is doing for humanity. Her name is Edna Gladney, and she lives in Fort Worth, Texas. We dedicate this picture to her. Let us first take you back to a certain household in Wisconsin at the beginning of the century - See more »

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Referenced in You Can't Fool a Camera (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
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Music by Leo Friedman
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Played at the first party
Sung partly by Walter Pidgeon
Played as background music often
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Just great movie - true, emotional, with great performance
1 February 2003 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

Just wonderful - powerful enough to move anyone. The fact that this is a true story makes it even more remarkable. Greer Garson deserved the nomination for Best Actress - she covers decades in the life of Edna Gladney who varies from romantic girl to society hostess to earth-shaker.


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