Edison, the Man (1940)


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In 1940, MGM turned out two films on the life of Thomas Alva Edison.The first, Young Tom Edison, starred Mickey Rooney and trotted out all the old Edison folklore, including the now-discredited incident in which Tom loses his hearing by being yanked onto a train by his ears. Edison the Man, starring Spencer Tracy in the title role, downplays certain inconvenient facts (including Edison's strong-arm tactics to protect his patents), but adheres more closely to actual events than its predecessor. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Talbot Jennings, Bradbury Foote, Hugo Butler, Dore Schary
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 1991


as Thomas Alva Edison

as Mary Stilwell

as Bunt Cavatt

as General Powell

as Mr. Taggart

as Ben Els

as Michael Simon

as Galbreath

as Edwin Hall

as Lundstrom

as Dr. Johnson

as Acid Graham

as Jimmy Price

as Jordan

as Minister

as Workman

as Commissioner

as Second Lecturer

as Sheriff

as Broker

as Secretary

as Policeman

as Woman

as Nancy Grey

as John Schofield

as Toastmaster

as Sheriff

as Mechanic

as Lamplighter

as Operator

as Waiter

as First Lecturer

as Footman

as Marion Estelle Ediso...

as Preacher

as Thomas Edison Jr.

as Man at Banquet

as Third Lecturer

as Policeman

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Broker

as Broker

as Broker

as Minor Role

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Critic Reviews for Edison, the Man

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Spencer Tracy plays the pioneering scientist in this decent but routine MGM biopic, directed by Clarence Brown

Full Review… | April 13, 2012

Biography depicts famous inventor as smart, curious hero.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Standard biopic.

Full Review… | December 18, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Edison, the Man

Inspirational in that he had to try try again before he got it right.He never gave up, a lesson we can all afford to learn during these hard times.


Very "Hollywoodized" biography of Thomas Edison, a follow up to "Young Tom Edison". Spencer Tracy is, as always, great. He is one of those few actors who gives a fine performance, no matter what material he has to work with. This film entertains and is very worth watching.

James Higgins

what a fab movie. Spencer is a great actor and he played Edison well. Never give up and stand for your beliefs.

Danette/Dani Andersen

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