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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.

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legacy See more »

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Budget:

$488,000 (estimated)
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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Only credited title with both Ingrid Bergman and Susan Hayward. See more »

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Hester Stoddard: What are we drinking for - to stay sober?
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Classic drama with enjoyable performances from Bergman and Hayward.
4 July 2000 | by it_teach20See all my reviews

Ingrid Bergman is hired as a governess for the Stoddard's. Warner Baxter plays the father of this family. The film journey's through the death of the mother, stock market crash and the marriage of one of the sons to a free spirited wife. Susan Hayward is very entertaining as bad girl Hester. Enjoyable face off between Bergman and Hayward.


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