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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Dr. Max Breslar
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Charlotte
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Allan Keats
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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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The Great Story Of A Great Woman ! It's the grandest human drama since Boys Town ! See more »


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25 July 1941 (USA)  »

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De corazón a corazón  »

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Trivia

The first of five consecutive Best Actress Oscar nominations for Greer Garson; she would win the following year for Mrs. Miniver (1942). See more »

Quotes

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

Soundtracks

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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One of the most wonderful movies ever made
11 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

"There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents" what a great line. Greer Garson is wonderful in this movie. She really does a great job portraying Edna Gladney. Living in Fort Worth, were Edna Gladney's home is still in operation, and working in the Court house, this movie really made an impact on me. I have seen old adoption records actually signed by Edna Gladney. What a wonderful lady - she changed the world! What a wonderful movie - get it and watch it, you'll love it!


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