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Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

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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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sam Gladney
Felix Bressart ...
Dr. Max Breslar
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Charlotte
Fay Holden ...
Mrs. Kahly
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Mr. Kahly
Kathleen Howard ...
Mrs. Keats
George Lessey ...
Mr. Keats
William Henry ...
Allan Keats
Henry O'Neill ...
Judge
John Eldredge ...
Damon
Clinton Rosemond ...
Zeke
Theresa Harris ...
Cleo
Charles Arnt ...
G. Harrington Hedger
Cecil Cunningham ...
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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children | birth | texas | mill | foundling | See more »

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She rang every doorbell in Texas. See more »


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25 July 1941 (USA)  »

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Blomster i skygge  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The child who portrayed Tony in the movie was a 4-year-old named Pat Barker. It was only when Pat came to Fort Worth to celebrate the movie's premiere that the world discovered that Pat was actually Patricia. See more »

Quotes

Edna: There are no illegitimate children. There are only illegitimate parents!
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Referenced in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
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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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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