We enter the world of a century ago, a world lit by gaslight. It is Menlo Park, New Jersey in 1877. Thomas Edison and his team are completing work on a new invention - the phonograph. ... See full summary »

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Joe Hilsee ...
Thomas Edison (voice)
Barry Kraft ...
Charles Batchelor / Jenkins (voice)
Victor Humphries ...
John Kreusi / J.P. Morgan (voice)
Paul O'Connor ...
Francis Upton (voice)
Sandy McCallum ...
Grosvenor Lowery (voice)
Dennis Reese ...
Lipton / Reporter #1 (voice)
Jamie Newcomb ...
Warwick (voice) (as Jaime Newcomb)
Ray Porter ...
Reporter #2 / Ludwig Boehm / Narrator (voice)
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We enter the world of a century ago, a world lit by gaslight. It is Menlo Park, New Jersey in 1877. Thomas Edison and his team are completing work on a new invention - the phonograph. Edison is a renowned inventor and is hailed as "The Wizard of Menlo Park." He declares that he will invent a practical electric light, a light that will be safer and cleaner than gaslight. He receives financial assistance from the financier J.P. Morgan for the undertaking. There are those who do not want Edison to succeed, but he toils on and on. He knows that the secret of electric light is incandescence - heating a filament with electricity until it glows. But what material should be used for the filament? His men try everything - but in each case, the filament shoots up in flames. The trials go on for months, yet Edison does not give up hope. The Warwick Institute tells the press that the electric light is an impossible dream and calls Edison a scoundrel. Edison declares that on New Year's Eve - only ... Written by Nest Family Entertainment

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1 June 1993 (USA)  »

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The Light Will Come
Music by Lex de Azevedo
Lyrics by Carol Lynn Pearson
Performed by Paul Engemann
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