Blossoms in the Dust

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"The stirring saga of a childless beauty...who was determined to be a mother!"
  • Approved
  • 1941
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 6.9  (2,275)

In 1941, "Blossoms in the Dust" was released, directed by Mervyn LeRoy, starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart, and Marsha Hunt. The film is based on the life of Edna Gladney, who was an advocate for orphans' rights and the founder of the Texas Children's Home and Aid Society. The film opens with Edna and her husband Sam (played by Walter Pidgeon) as they attend a party hosted by a wealthy couple. During the party, they meet Charlotte (played by Marsha Hunt), a socialite who shows no interest in the Gladneys' charitable work. While dancing, Edna receives a phone call informing her that a young child has been abandoned at the local train station. Sam accompanies her to the station, and they find the child cold and crying. Sam suggests they take the child back to the party with them, and they set out to find her a home.

It becomes clear that the laws regarding adoptions are vague and inconsistent, and the Gladneys find it difficult to place the child with a suitable family. They are determined to create a system that is fair and protects the welfare of the children. As their work progresses, the Gladneys face opposition from those who see their efforts as a threat to their own interests.

Garson's portrayal of Edna Gladney is excellent, and she captures the character's unwavering dedication to her cause. Pidgeon also delivers a strong performance as Sam, who supports his wife in her efforts, even though he is frequently away on business trips. Bressart's performance as Mr. Asa Hull is also noteworthy, as he embodies the stereotype of the self-centered businessman who is more interested in profit than in helping others.

The film is beautifully shot and features impressive set design, costumes, and cinematography. The story is powerful and inspiring, and it speaks to the importance of fighting for justice and advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves. Overall, "Blossoms in the Dust" is a classic film that is still relevant and moving today.

Blossoms in the Dust is a 1941 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

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    1 hr 39 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (2,275)