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Young Tom Edison (1940)

Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler, Eugene Pallette Mickey Rooney , Norman Taurog  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fay Bainter, Virginia Weidler, Eugene Pallette Mickey Rooney
  • Directors: Norman Taurog
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EAYEGU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Young Tom Edison" on IMDb

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In the 1930s and early '40s, fans flocked to biopics. So Hollywood had a great idea: take the stars of Boys Town and reteam them - with a twist - to tell the compelling life story of America's greatest inventor, Thomas Edison. So Mickey Rooney portrayed Young Tom Edison and Spencer Tracy headlined Edison, the Man. The films opened two months apart, and each garnered huge, enthusiastic audiences. In this tale of Edison's youth, Tom's scientific curiosity and experiments gone wrong are subjects of scorn in his hometown...and in his family. Tom shows heroism in the face of great danger, and even invents a device to help the doctor save his mother's life. But will that be enough to win over the folks who call him addled?

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181 of 181 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film for Schools ! December 16, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
As a science teacher, it's fun to show a good, enriching, humorous, and educational film, but films like this are so very rare. Young Tom Edison is one of those unique Hollywood gems that fits the bill perfectly. Every year I show this film I hear the same thing: "A[...] we HAVE to watch a black & white film ?" "These old films are never any good!" "How old is this ?" "Is the real Tom Edison in this?"
Every year I start this film hearing comments like this, but without fail, kids are laughing and really enjoying the film after just 10 minutes. After the first day (it takes two days to show Young Tom), kids can't wait to see the rest! It's that good! Mickey Rooney is perfect as the irrepressible Young Tom: both charming and curious almost to a fault, Tom blunders his way into big problems and then brilliantly uses science to get himself out of the trouble. From all I've read about Tom Edison as a young man, much of the adventures shown in this film are entirely factual, which only adds to the allure and charm of this family/school -friendly film. A must-see for all ages, and a great film for public school use.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HOLLYWOOD CLASSIC! March 30, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
MICKEY ROONEY REACHED THE ZENITH OF HIS CHILDHOOD ACTING CAREER,IN THIS STORY OF A GIFTED BOY GROWING UP MISUNDERSTOOD IN PORT HURON, MICH.A FILM THAT YOU WILL WANT TO SEE AGAIN AND AGAIN.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! October 8, 2009
By pamcc
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
hilarious!!! my eleven year old son (who wants to be a scientist) and I laughed and laughed. Mickey Roonie is a delight and it is very easy to get past b/w because the story is so great!!! I remember seeing this only one time before and I was about 10 years old. It is truly memorable and about one of our own!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! June 29, 2009
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I adore this movie, and have been waiting patiently for it to come out on DVD. Now it is finally here, and I will order it today!

Mickey Rooney is a young Tom Edison in this biopic about the famous inventor. Tom's curiosity and inventiveness get him into trouble more times than you can count, and his poor father is about ready to throw in the towel after dealing with Tom's never-ending shenanigans.

In the end, Tom's tinkering proves to be more than a silly childhood preoccupation when he applies what he has learned in an emergency, becoming the town hero. Tom's father is so proud, he's about to "bust his buttons!"

This is my favorite Mickey Rooney movie of all time! Mickey's performance, as a youthful Tom Edison, is endearing, poignant, lively, and captivating," a prime example of why Mickey Rooney will always be remembered as one of the most popular child stars of all time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good family picture, funny but honest. August 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great movie for children and parents to watch together. It is good clean fun. We have used it as a family night movie at our church and all loved it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That's Nitro-Glycerine! September 19, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Tom Edison is one of the scientific geniuses that has most effected daily life in the modern world. However, as a child, his eccentric behavior and overactive mind got him into trouble. This film depicts Tom's (Mickey Rooney) early life, his fascination with Morse Code, his interest in combining chemicals, his thirst for knowledge, and his close relationships with his sister (Virginia Weidler) and his mother (Fay Bainter).

The film is shorter than most, but it covers many different stories and is highly entertaining. Ironically, in the part of a highly active and sometimes twitchy man, Rooney is much more subdued. It is an interesting portrayal, but do not expect to see the guy from all those musicals. Weidler is sweet and fun in her part, especially when she gets to pick on the town bully (Bobby Jordan). Bainter is particularly sweet as Tom's mother, a woman who understands him and wishes the rest of the world could too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MICKEY ROONEY SHINES LIKE A BIG STAR January 29, 2005
By THIERRY
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THIS MOVIE IS MICKEY'S FOR SURE! THIS FILM STARS MICKEY ROONEY AS TOM EDISON! TOP ACTING HERE ON MICKEY'S PART! I NEVER CEASED TO BE AMAZED AT THE VERSATILITY OF THE GREAT ACTOR MICKEY ROONEY. HE MAKES ME CRY AND LAUGH AT THE SAME TIME. HE'S TOTALLY AMAZING! THIS IS ONE OF HIS BEST ROLES! PURE, DELIGHTFUL AND AWESOME ENTERTAINMENT! 10 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Enjoyed this movie on/off for the last couple of centuries. There so much in old movies...the sets..the acting ...the old clothes. But also we had great actor/actresses and they worked harder than today's spoiled set which made the movie
even better. In this little story we have young Mickey Rooney. As a young boy
it was easy to relate to him. This lad was always getting in trouble cause he was
different than the others. He was a thinker....
Here a good one for today's society....when he got punished....he got whipped with
a leather belt or something...and you could hear his cries of pain....My o My...
this is violence ...if our politicians hears about this...this film or the
scenes will probably be cut out of the film... as today's parents are made out of
jello and our teenagers are swarming others...
Great film, a keeper for sure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Film
This is a good movie for children. Mickey Rooney does a great job as Tom Edison. Kids can see that if they keep trying it is possible to succeed. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I purchased this to use in a 5th grade classroom as we study inventors. The children always balk at first as it is black and white, but shortly after it begins they are hooked. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Denise Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
I saw this as a boy and it brought back many good memories. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Now my grandchildren have also watched.
Published 3 months ago by JIm
5.0 out of 5 stars Young Thomas Edison DVD
Wonderful DVD! It brings history to life! Mickey Rooney did a wonderful job with this one! I am glad I purchased this one.
Published 4 months ago by Jodi B. Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars Encore
Hollywood doesn't make them like this anymore. It's fun start to finish. I love it. Watch it today. This is movie magic.
Published 5 months ago by Gator Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie!!!
Young Tom Edison is a fantastic movie. It is very interesting and historical but Mickey Rooney starring a Tom Edison make is humorous as well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CowgirlforJesus
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
A silly and lovable tale of when the great inventor Tom Edison was a little boy!
Mickey Rooney does an excellent job acting as Edison as he struggles to find his way to make a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cecilia Bigelow
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Edison
It was great watching a Movie about a Family who sat together to eat, loved each other, taught their Children to be responsible...... Read more
Published 7 months ago by James B. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Edison
I've seen the movie before, it's as good as I remember. Some humor . A great salute to boyhood adventure, based as nearly as possible on factual events. Read more
Published 8 months ago by celtic carver
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
This is an excellent movie. I just watched it and really enjoyed it. It is the kind of family movie that they just don't make anymore. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steve in Memphis
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