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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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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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.

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

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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Sentimental journey of some tramp who puts unwanted babies in her house. This is not notable so much for it's quality, but rather that I think it's the first Oscar nominee to include a suicide. That and her kid died. Big deals for 1941.

Nik Browning
Nik Browning

Greer Garson is one of the best actresses I have ever seen on film. I have only seen three of her films the two above mentioned and "Pride and Prejudice". It might be astonishing to think that I used to call Greer Garson, Greta Garbo. Strange, because they're acting if so different even if their names sound alike. My favorite Greer Garson movie has to be "Random Harvest" one of the ultimate tear-jerkers of all time. (I love you probably know:).) It is a love story about a man who has amnesia and falls in love with a woman still not knowing who he is. They get married and have a child. Later while on a trip he has an accident and recovers his memory...only to lose the memories of the years he spent with his wife. His wife goes on a frantic search to find him only to find out he doesn't remember her. The critics and the users on give this 100% which it deserves. Please don't forget your kleenex box! "Blossoms in the Dust" is about a woman who strives to take care of children who were born illegitimate or orphans. It also goes through her life and circumstances that brought her to her purpose. It didn't make me cry as much as "Random Harvest" but, it is still a great film. [center][img][/img][/center] [center]"Random Harvest"[/center] [center] [/center] [center][img][/img][/center] [center]Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon in[/center] [center]"Blossoms In the Dust"[/center]

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