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Hoored at a banquet for his sixty year career as an inventor, scientist, and businessman, 89 year old Thomas Alva Edison reflects back on his long career, which includes such achievements as the stock market ticker, the phonograph, the light bulb, and the motion picture.Written by
The World Premiere for this film in Thomas A. Edison's hometown of West Orange, New Jersey, serves as the backdrop for the mystery novel "Dead at the Box Office" by John Dandola. The novel explains in great detail how M.G.M. went about planning and carrying out the festivities. See more »
Thomas A. Edison's hearing ability is played in the movie as being much better than it was in reality. See trivia. See more »
Thomas A. Edison:
How about that job you promised me?
Hah? Oh... You don't want to work in New York, Tom. This town is no good fer yeh. The tall buildings crush the spirit and torment the soul.
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The opening credits appear as 19th Century sampler embroideries. See more »
Edison in this version comes across as a kindly soul, sort of "Santa the inventor" -- kind to one and all.
Don't look for historical accuracy of any kind in this film. Although the acting is nicely done. Spencer Tracy is a constant delight. He even gets to play the organ in one scene! Tracy and Co.'s contributions rate it a six, but it certainly doesn't deserve anything more.
I especially loved the one-handed Morse-code tapping Edison. One doesn't need to know much about Edison to realize pretty quickly that this is sheer hagiography.
There is even a court room scene between gas and electrical lighting. Pretty fun.
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