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Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

99 min - Drama, Romance - 25 July 1941
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Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. They have a son, who is killed when very young. 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.

Director:  Mervyn LeRoy
Writers:  Anita Loos, Ralph Wheelwright, Hugo Butler, Dorothy Yost
Stars:  Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart, Marsha Hunt, Fay Holden, Samuel S. Hinds, Kathleen Howard, George Lessey, William Henry, Henry O'Neill, John Eldredge, Clinton Rosemond, Theresa Harris, Charles Arnt, Cecil Cunningham, Marc Lawrence, Edith Evanson, Edward Fielding, Harry Hayden, Howard C. Hickman, Selmer Jackson, Cy Kendall, Clarence Kolb, Carroll Nye, Oscar O'Shea, Emory Parnell, Almira Sessions, Emmett Vogan, Douglas Wood, Will Wright

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Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. They have a son, who is killed when very young. 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.



Tagline: The stirring saga of a childless beauty...who was determined to be a mother!

Genres: Drama, Romance

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Language:  English
Release Date:  25 July 1941

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 39 min

Academy Award Nominations

ACTRESS — Greer Garson {“Edna Gladney”}
ART DIRECTION (Color) — Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary; Interior Decoration: Edwin B. Willis
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Color) — Karl Freund, W. Howard Greene
OUTSTANDING MOTION PICTURE — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer


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