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Adam Had Four Sons (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 February 1941 (USA)
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 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:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1941 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$488,000 (estimated)
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Columbia Pictures See more »
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| (director's cut)

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Ingrid plays a strong governess
23 July 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Warner Baxter plays Adam, and he has four sons: Richard Denning, Johnny Downs, Robert Shaw, and Charles Lind. He's in charge of a grand estate, but when his wife dies and his fortune is wiped out, he has to scramble to be able to afford his lifestyle again. Ingrid Bergman plays the governess who helps him pick up the pieces of his struggling family. When the boys grow up, some marry and some enlist in WWI-what will happen to the family dynamic?

If you like movies about governesses sent in to take care of a brood of children, you'll probably like this one. It's got all the elements: struggles with the children, eventual acceptance and bonding, a little romance with the father, and family tensions when the children grow up. Ingrid is always very good when playing someone strong, so if you're a fan, you won't be disappointed in her performance in Adam Had Four Sons. Even though the title features Warner Baxter's name, it's Ingrid who's the star of the show. She may be only the governess, but she's the glue that keeps everyone together. And keep on the lookout for a young Susan Hayward in one of her first major roles. She's beautiful and cunning, and it's amazing that she wasn't forever typecast as a villain after a movie like this!


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