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Blossoms in the Dust [VHS]

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  • Actors: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart, Marsha Hunt, Fay Holden
  • Directors: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Writers: Anita Loos, Dorothy Yost, Hugo Butler, Ralph Wheelwright
  • Producers: Mervyn LeRoy, Irving Asher
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: December 23, 1993
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301967569
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,729 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
So states Greer Garson in this stunningly put together masterpiece, the type of moving production not seen in Hollywood these days.
The film marked the first of the eight legendary teamings of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon and even though their effort of the following year "Mrs. Miniver' is probably the most famous, here they are both in their prime and Greer delivers what I honestly feel is her best performance. She plays Edna Gladney a real life woman from Fort Worth Texas who was responsible for setting up the famous Texas Children's Home and Aid Society.
"Blossoms in the Dust", which refers to the little infants playing in the Texan dust, chronicles her life from the tragic suicide of her foster sister Charlotte who is revealed to be a foundling prior to her marriage, to her own her marriage to Sam Gladney (Pidgeon), a wheat grower from Texas, through their life together, the tragic loss of their own son, to her widowhood and her wonderful work with the unwanted infants in Texas. It is a totally inspiring account of her struggles to overcome prejudice and break down bureacracy and importantly to have the word "illegitimate" stricken from official records and birth certificates. The famous statement exclaimed by Greer Garson during her campaign "there is no such thing as an illegitimate child, only illegitimate parents" will definately stay with you long after the film has ended and I feel it gives all of us food for thought on this matter.
As stated before Greer Garson is the heart and soul of this production. The 1940's witnessed her golden age of stardom in such unforgettable MGM films as "Goodbye Mr. Chips", "Mrs. Miniver", "When Ladies Meet", "Mrs.
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This is a movie based somewhat loosely on Edna Browning Kahly Gladney, who successfully lobbied the Texas Legislature to take the word "illegitimate" off of birth certificates. She also wanted to ensure adopted children the same inheritance rights of other children and better living conditions for all diadvantged children in the states care. This is a wonderful, mainly fictional movie that tells the story of a woman courageous enough to take on the state of Texas so that children could be adopted into homes that may not have wanted them if they knew they were "creatures of shame".

I wish more people knew the real story behind sealed adoption records so that those who want to keep them close could no longer twist Mrs. Gladney's story to suit their agenda. In the early 20th century records had to be sealed so that ALL children could have the possibility of being accepted into good, loving homes and have the same rights as other children.

Adoption records were sealed to protect children then and now if an adult adoptee wants their records they should be able to get them, unless the birth parent(s) have asked that they not be opened. Over the last eight decades medical knowledge has improved dramatically and letting adoptees have their records could potentially save their life (I speak from experience, not mine but a very special person that might be alive if they had been able to get their records before they were terminally ill. They had asked for them more than 10 years before they were diagnosed and was denied, more than once. What is so astonishing is that once they were diagnosed as terminal, they could get the records that were denied. Too little, too late, to save them; it's just wrong (IMHHO)).
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Greer Garson stars as the real-life heroine Edna Gladney, who helped thousands of foundling children find loving and respectable homes.
After the suicide of her beloved foster sister Charlotte (Marsha Hunt), Edna learns that she killed herself because she discovered that she was a "nameless child".
Soon after, Edna marries her husband (Walter Pidgeon) and has a darling son-only for him to die very young. Edna decides to help other children the way she could never have helped Charlotte, and champions the cause of the foundlings.
Beautifully filmed in Technicolor, this charming turn-of-the-century epic is a fine entertainment, one you will not soon forget.
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This is a delightful movie about Edna Gladney, a real-life hero who made a difference through persistence and self-sacrifice, placing children in adoptive homes, establishing orphanages, and hounding politicians. The world could use a few more Edna Gladneys, especially now that the value of human life is at a low ebb. She coined a phrase which I shall never forget: "There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents." Hey, how come Hollywood doesn't make movies like this anymore??
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A tastefully acted account of Garson founding a Texas orphanage after she loses her own child. Beautifully filmed in Technicolor, this archtypical weeper from the forties is a glossy yet poignant venture in the heart of a noble woman. Based upon the true story of one Edna Gladney, the woman who began the Texas Children's Home and Aid Society of Fort Worth. In a sensational scene, Garson makes an impassioned plea towards the Texas Senate and you'll feel like cheering when it's over! The "blossoms" of the title refer to children, naturally.
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