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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 Story of a Woman Who Defied Convention! 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real Edna Gladney is buried in the Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas. 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 »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961) See more »

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We Three Kings of Orient Are
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Written by John H. Hopkins
Played as background music on Christmas Eve
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Excellent Powerful Emotional Moving True Story Drama
24 May 2009 | by silverbellfilmsSee all my reviews

Blossoms in the Dust is a Excellent Powerful Moving True Story Drama. As others have noted--since it is a true story film--this is an added plus. One reason to see this film alone is Greer Garson. Her acting is superb. She is one of my all time favorite actress's of yesteryear. Walter Pidgeon is wonderful also. Some others that have commented on this film have said that it was fine but their one negative was that the phrase "Darling" was used to much. Yes this is true--but hey folks this was a very common popular word used a lot in the 30's & 40" films.-No big deal--at least it is clean & for all family member's. This great story is basically about Edna-played by Garson who marries Sam-played by Pidgeon-an operator of a wheat mill. They have a son who is killed when he is young. Edna discovers by chance how the law treats children who are without parents & decides to do something about it. She opens a home for foundlings & orphans & begins to place children in good homes-despite the opposition of conservative citizens-narrow minded back them of this subject matter-who would condemn illegitimate children being born out of wedlock. She them fights for them through the court. This is a great classic film.


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