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Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 15 August 1941 (USA)
After losing her young son, Edna Gladney opposes the unfair laws discriminating against children whose parents are unknown, and opens an orphanage for those children.

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Mrs. Kahly
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Mrs. Keats
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Allan Keats
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Damon
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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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De corazón a corazón  »

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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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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

Let Me Call You Sweetheart
(uncredited)
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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A new addition to my list of favorites!
6 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

The movie is excellent! It's a wonder I've not seen it until now. Greer Garson was excellent in her role as Edna Gladney. I was obliged to research her via the internet as I'd not heard about her work or the home in Fort Worth. I especially appreciated the not so subtle anti-abortion message during the Senate scene. I also found the attitudes of "conservative" society portrayed in the movie surprisingly similar to contemporary sentiments on social issues from that segment of society.


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