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Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 25 July 1941 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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Dr. Max Breslar
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Charlotte
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Mrs. Kahly
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Allan Keats
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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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Trivia

First of eight movies that paired Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. See more »

Quotes

Edna: Do I look like a hussy?
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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 The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

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Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
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Written by Frederick Oakeley and John Francis Wade
Played as background music on Christmas Eve
Sung by an unidentifed female singer
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Decent Biopic
7 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

I watched this because it was shot by Karl Freund, the greatest cinematographer of all time. Nothing really stood out for me as being memorably photographed, though.

The issues presented were interesting -- illegitimacy and the stigma on birth certificates, passports, and more. The characters in the film made the claim that the records are there to promote the sanctity of the home. Gladney rightly points out that what someone's parents did should not affect the child -- it is not their fault.

Bonus for a Wisconsin viewer like me: Gladney was born on January 22, 1886 in Milwaukee.


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