Blossoms in the Dust (1941) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 offering them for adoption. After her husband's death, Edna becomes a powerful political figure, succeeding in removing the stigma of illegitimacy by having that word stricken from all future Texas birth certificates; in this way, she honors the memory of her own half sister, who had killed herself upon discovering she was born out of wedlock. MGM thought enough of Blossoms in the Dust to film the production in Technicolor, a luxury usually reserved in 1941 for musicals or Westerns.

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Cast

Greer Garson
as Edna Gladney
Walter Pidgeon
as Sam Gladney
Marsha A. Hunt
as Charlotte
Felix Bressart
as Dr. Max Breslar
Fay Holden
as Mrs. Kahly
Samuel S. Hinds
as Mr. Kahly
Kathleen Howard
as Mrs. Keats
George Lessey
as Mr. Keats
William Henry
as Allan Keats
John Eldredge
as Damon McPherson
Charles Arnt
as G. Harrison Hedger
Cecil Cunningham
as Mrs. Gilworth
Ann Morriss
as Mrs. Loring
Marc Lawrence
as Bert La Verne
Frank Darien
as Accountant
Will Wright
as Senator
Edwin Maxwell
as Board Member
Almira Sessions
as Mrs. Brown, With the Vase (uncredited)
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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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Pretty Technicolor, but the tearjerking is shameless.

June 24, 2006
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With lovely Greer Garson playing the leading role, the spirit of the story is maintained on a level generally above its frequent insipid spots.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 31, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

December 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 12, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blossoms in the Dust

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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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