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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 (screen play), Ralph Wheelwright (story)
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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 Great Story Of A Great Woman ! It's the grandest human drama since Boys Town ! See more »


Certificate:

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be also nominated for Best Art Direction (Color), and Best Cinematography (Color). 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 »

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My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
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Written by H.J. Fuller
Played on a gramophone
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Wonderful heart warming move, must see!
3 July 2005 | by amylaurel2003See all my reviews

This is a wonderful, heart warming, fantastic movie to see. Greer Garson is splendid in this movie, and it will really touch your heart. This movie has a special meaning for me, as I was adopted from the famous Edna Gladney Home in Ft. Worth, Texas. Edna Gladney personally handed me to my new adoptive parents. She called them that morning and told them she had the most beautiful baby girl ready for them to bring home. I have watched this movie so many times, and wow, what a movie! Just love Greer Garson, she is a splendid and talented actress. One more note, if it hadn't been for Edna Gladney and her crusade, I most likely would have been an orphan. She did a lot for unwanted babies.


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