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Adam Had Four Sons (1941)

A governess becomes the center of a wealthy family after her employer's wife dies.

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Gregory Ratoff

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William Hurlbut (screenplay), Michael Blankfort (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ingrid Bergman ... Emilie Gallatin
Warner Baxter ... Adam Stoddard
Susan Hayward ... Hester Stoddard
Fay Wray ... Molly Stoddard
Richard Denning ... Jack Stoddard (older)
Johnny Downs ... David Stoddard (older)
Robert Shaw ... Chris Stoddard (older)
Charles Lind Charles Lind ... Phillip Stoddard (older)
Billy Ray Billy Ray ... Jack Stoddard (younger)
Steven Muller Steven Muller ... David Stoddard (younger)
Wallace Chadwell Wallace Chadwell ... Chris Stoddard (younger)
Bobby Walberg Bobby Walberg ... Phillip Stoddard (younger)
Helen Westley ... Cousin Philippa
June Lockhart ... Vance
Pietro Sosso Pietro Sosso ... Otto
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Early 1905, French governess Emilie Gallatin (Ingrid Bergman) is hired to care of a luxurious family mansion and the four sons of wealthy Adam Stoddard (Warner Baxter) and his wife, Molly Stoddard (Fay Wray). Things couldn't be more perfect, until in 1907, first Molly dies, and then the stock market crashes, wiping out the Soddard's fortune. Emilie is forced to go back home to France. The parting is difficult, for the teenager boys - Jack Stoddard (Billy Ray), David Stoddard (Steven Muller), Chris Stoddard (Wallace Chadwell), and Phillip Stoddard (Bobby Walberg) - had grown to depend on Emilie more after the loss of their mother, and Emilie had fallen in love with Adam. Seven years later, just before the beginning of World War I, the family's fortunes have improved, and Adam insists with Emilie to return and stay on as part of the family - preserving her from the foreseeable fates of war. The four boys are adults, and they all serve in various branches of the military - Jack Stoddard (... Written by Artemis-9

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1941 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$488,000 (estimated)
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| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Better then i thought it would be
15 October 2000 | by desol-2See all my reviews

I only watched this film because Ingrid Bergman was in it. And because I Knew that Bergman wasn't fond of it, and that general opinion was so so, I expected it to not be up to much but I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how good a film it is. The performances are all good especially Bergman (of Course), Baxter and Heyward and the film cruises along at quick pace with no scenes dragging. If I have a problem with the film it's that it's a bit short at an 80 mins but apparently it was originally 108 mins, if this is true then it's shocking that over 25 mins were cut out. I'd like to know if it's possible to put the footage back in or if it has been destroyed. If it isn't destroyed then in the video age it should be released on video in it's original length. 9/10


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