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Blossoms in the Dust
     

Blossoms in the Dust

Director: Mervyn LeRoy, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart

Cast: Mervyn LeRoy, Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart

 
Greer Garson is dignity and integrity personified in the role of the real-life Edna Gladney. After several life experiences which rival daytime drama for unrelenting misery and melodrama, Edna marries flour-mill owner Sam Gladney (Walter Pidgeon). They have a baby, who dies shortly after Edna discovers that she can never have any other children. To give her life some

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Greer Garson is dignity and integrity personified in the role of the real-life Edna Gladney. After several life experiences which rival daytime drama for unrelenting misery and melodrama, Edna marries flour-mill owner Sam Gladney (Walter Pidgeon). They have a baby, who dies shortly after Edna discovers that she can never have any other children. To give her life some meaning, Edna sets up the Texas Children's Home and Aid Society, which specializes in caring for illegitimate children and offering them for adoption. After her husband's death, Edna becomes a powerful political figure, succeeding in removing the stigma of illegitimacy by having that word stricken from all future Texas birth certificates; in this way, she honors the memory of her own half sister, who had killed herself upon discovering she was born out of wedlock. MGM thought enough of Blossoms in the Dust to film the production in Technicolor, a luxury usually reserved in 1941 for musicals or Westerns.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Mervyn LeRoy's Blossoms in the Dust is one of the more unusual efforts of its time, covering an unusual subject that brushed up against the Production Code, and got away with it because it was based on a true story. It was also the kind of serious "message" story that MGM -- seldom known for its movies in that vein -- could tolerate; indeed, more than tolerate -- the Technicolor production (photographed by Karl Freund, no less, who worked most of his career in black-and-white but showed here that he could work in three-strip as well as the next guy) fairly glitters in its opulence. The main title music, with its soaring female chorus, almost recalls LeRoy's production of The Wizard of Oz, even though this movie deals with a social stigma and the tragedy surrounding it that's far removed from Dorothy and Oz (though it said a lot about Middle America and Kansas, among other places, going into the 20th century, even if the primary setting of this movie is Texas).

Product Details

Release Date:
12/23/1993
UPC:
0027616187437
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Warner)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 McPherson
Clinton Rosemond Zeke
Theresa Harris Cleo
Charles Arnt G. Harrison Hedger
Cecil Cunningham Mrs. Gilworth
Ann Morriss Mrs. Loring
Richard Nichols Sammy
Mary Taylor Helen
Marc Lawrence Bert La Verne
Frank Darien Accountant
Edwin Maxwell Board Member
Almira Sessions Actor
Will Wright Senator

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director,Producer
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Irving Asher Producer
George Boemler Editor
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
W. Howard Greene Cinematographer
Anita Loos Screenwriter
Urie McCleary Art Director
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Ralph Wheelwright Original Story,Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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