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 »
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
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Greer Garson in a poignant memorable role as Edna Gladney in 1941's "Blossom in the Dust."
Edna (Garson) has a friend who killed herself because her illegitimacy was revealed. It will become Edna's fight to fight this wrong on birth certificates. There is no reason why a child has to be maligned when it is stated that they are illegitimate.
Garson stars with Walter Pigeon, who was to be with her in many more films. They have a son who is killed in a tragic accident as a youngster. When Garson is widowed some time after this, she devotes her life to orphaned children. She fights for their rights and their dignity.
Garson is emotionally appealing as Edna.
When she gives up the last child in her care, I guarantee that you will need a box of tissues.
A fine film of the human spirit, touching and equally absorbing. Thank you Edna Gladney for the work you did for youngsters.
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