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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First of eight movies that paired Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. See more »

Quotes

Edna: Do I look like a hussy?
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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 »

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

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Good Film But It is Not Really A Christmas Film
15 January 2018 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

Review Date 1/15/2018

PLEASE BEWARE OF SOME REVIEWERS THAT ONLY HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW. WHEN ITS A POSITIVE THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE PRODUCTION. NOW I HAVE NO AGENDA! I REVIEW MOVIES & SPECIALS AS A WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF WHAT I HAVE SEEN! I HAVE DISCOVERED MANY GEMS IN MY QUEST TO SEE AS MANY " C H R I S T M A S " MOVIES AS I CAN.

Now Someone keeps reporting my reviews. I guess they are jealous because I do tell the truth. I want to point out that I never make snide remarks about actors weight or real life sexual orientation. If there acting is terrible or limited "I talk about that". If a story is bad "I will mention that" So why am I being "picked on"? IMDB? When one of my reviews gets deleted IMDB will not even tell me what someone found offensive. Well on to this review.

I have never herd of this film it was part of 4 DVD pack of what Warner Brothers Stated as " Four Holiday Classic Films".

Well if it was never in the pack I would never would have watched it. I think Warner Brothers thinks this film qualifies as a "Christmas Movie" because the first scene and last ends on "Christmas". Truth be told both scenes together are no more then about 10% of the screen time. he story is a highly fictionalized telling of the story of Edna Gladney, an early advocate for the rights of illegitimate children in Texas.

Edna Kahly (Greer Garson) and her adopted sister, Charlotte (Marsha Hunt), are to be married. But, when Charlotte's mother-in-law-to-be discovers that Charlotte was a foundling, she declares the wedding must not occur, and Charlotte kills herself from shame. Meanwhile, Edna falls for a brash cashier, Sam Gladney, at the bank, and eventually marries him and moves with him to his home state of Texas.

Sam Gladney has a flour mill in Sherman, Texas, and at first the couple has an idyllic life, though after a difficult delivery Sam is told Edna must have no more children. Several years later, their son dies, and Sam's effort to ease the pain she still endures by trying to get her to adopt a foundling fails. But the little girl's story touches Edna's heart, and she starts a day care center for the children of working women.

The film is good not great but it is highly enjoyable. It is also a study on how this country treated children who came into this world with a single mother. It also shows how adoption was looked down upon. Very sad.

Now what is great about this film is that it does keep you glued. It also shows a young girl becoming a full fledged woman who takes on the government and forces them to look at what labels do to people and how labels follow you from cradle to grave.

Not for everyone. Most people under 40 might get bored. Adults who like to see a story unfold will be in for a treat.

Well worth watching!


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