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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.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Anita Loos (screenplay by), Ralph Wheelwright (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Edna Gladney
Walter Pidgeon ... Sam Gladney
Felix Bressart ... Dr. Max Breslar
Marsha Hunt ... Charlotte
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Kahly
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. Kahly
Kathleen Howard ... Mrs. Keats
George Lessey ... Mr. Keats
William Henry ... Allan Keats
Henry O'Neill ... Judge
John Eldredge ... Damon
Clinton Rosemond Clinton Rosemond ... Zeke
Theresa Harris ... Cleo
Charles Arnt ... G. Harrington Hedger (as Charlie Arnt)
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Gilworth
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Storyline

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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The stirring saga of a childless beauty...who was determined to be a mother! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De corazón a corazón See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 16, 1942 with Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon and Felix Bressart reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Edna: Do I look like a hussy?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in You Can't Fool a Camera (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Herbert Stothart and Earl K. Brent
Sung by Nadine Conner and Irene Crane in opening credits
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A new addition to my list of favorites!
6 March 1999 | by wedwinbSee 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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