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Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 15 August 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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Cast

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Dr. Max Breslar
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Charlotte
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Mrs. Kahly
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Mr. Kahly
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Mrs. Keats
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Mr. Keats
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Allan Keats
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Judge
John Eldredge ...
Damon
Clinton Rosemond ...
Zeke
Theresa Harris ...
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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children | texas | society | mill | death | See All (67) »

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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles on KTTV (Channel 11) Friday 3 May 1957, followed by Philadelphia Sunday 12 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Home on the Range
(uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley (1904)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (1873)
Played at the first party
Played as background music often
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A four handkerchief movie!
23 September 1998 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Greer Garson was cast for the first time opposite Walter Pidgeon in "Blossoms In The Dust." They would become the number one screen-team of the 1940's. Garson also won her second Academy Award nomination for her performance.


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