Adam Had Four Sons (1941)

Adam Had Four Sons


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At the turn of the century, a governess cares for the four motherless sons of an American businessman. The governess is played by Ingrid Bergman in only her second American film. After a separation from the family for a number of years, she returns and immediately is embroiled in a battle with Susan Hayward, who plays the conniving fiancee of one of the boys. Based on a novel by Charles Bonner, this is more a character study of a family in crisis as this young woman divides and nearly destroys … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: William Hurlbut, Michael Blankfort
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Emilie Gallatin

as Adam Stoddard

as Hester Stoddard

as Molly Stoddard

as Older Jack

as Older David

as Older Phillip

as Younger Jack

as Younger David

as Younger Chris

as Younger Phillip

as Cousin Phillipa

as Dr. Lane

as Photographer
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Critic Reviews for Adam Had Four Sons

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

...the high sleaze quotient ensures that Adam Had Four Sons remains engrossing enough to warrant a recommendation.

Full Review… | January 11, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

July 14, 2005

Audience Reviews for Adam Had Four Sons

not a great movie, Ingrid is a little pallid but Susan Hayward is great as a scheming homewrecker.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

I have to admit that it's embarrassing how did I found this movie... I was checking movies I've seen from Bergman and on data base I found this one. Got it and too late realize that it wasn't the director Bergman's movie but Ingrid Bergman's... it was her second movie in America! It is typical romance movie of that time in which Warner Baxter portrays the wealthy, easy-going patriarch of a family that falls on hard times after the death of his wife and a stock market crash. Recently arrived governess Emilie (played by Bergman) works to keep the family together but the financial loss of Adam Stoddards (Baxter) fortune means that Emilie must return to France. Reversing his fortunes takes several years and after that Adam recalls Emilie to look after it... but there is a twist!

One of the sons, David, returns with his new wife, Hester, (played by Susan Hayward), who turns out be a conniving woman who wants to rule the roost...

Screenplay was engaging, but I have to say that cinematography was below the average. I liked the acting of all the stars in this movie, while directing could be done by any film student and no one will notice the difference! It's a good material for anyone interested in the film history...

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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