Blossoms in the Dust (1941)




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Anita Loos, Ralph Wheelwright
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 2, 2011


as Edna Gladney

as Sam Gladney

as Charlotte

as Dr. Max Breslar

as Mrs. Kahly

as Mr. Kahly

as Mrs. Keats

as Mr. Keats

as Allan Keats

as Damon McPherson

as G. Harrison Hedger

as Mrs. Gilworth

as Mrs. Loring

as Bert La Verne

as Accountant

as Senator

as Board Member

as Mrs. Brown, With th...

as Bert La Verne
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Critic Reviews for Blossoms in the Dust

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Result is a sentimentally sugary flavor which also extends over the romantic portions of the film. There is no comedy relief.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Pretty Technicolor, but the tearjerking is shameless.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With lovely Greer Garson playing the leading role, the spirit of the story is maintained on a level generally above its frequent insipid spots.

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

It was a noble deed and a noble effort to make a biography about a woman who was virtually unknown outside Texas, but the picture was long, overly teary, and didn't excite too many people at the box office, although it did make money.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Littered with stilted melodrama, wooden dialogue, and over-the-top courtroom showdowns.

Full Review… | December 11, 2008

One of the weakest films to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, this biopic of Edna Gladney is uncharacteristically poorly scripted by Anita Loos and poorly helmed by Mervyn LeRoy.

Full Review… | February 12, 2008

Audience Reviews for Blossoms in the Dust


Verging on the sappy, perhaps this film was the prototype for all the made-for-TV "inspiring" stories that we are forced to endure. The film appears to be as dated as the prejudices against children born out of wedlock.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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