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Blossoms in the Dust [VHS]
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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.Read more ›
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)).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Greer Garson is my favorite actress. I love all her movies. This is a great one!Published 7 months ago by Kathleen Szczepaniak
Classic--One of Greer Garson's best--true story of the courageous lady who stopped vital statistics labeling foundlings as illegitimate, established perhaps the first day nursery... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lady77
Flicking through the T.V started watching the movie and couldn't turn the channel. It was a very good movie!Published 9 months ago by dbw50
This is a beautiful and true story about a woman who fought very hard (and won) to get the term "illegitimate" taken off birth certificates. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Donna
Anything with those stars is a hit:) good delivery too.Published 11 months ago by Lynda Irene Lovejoy
Greer Garson is excellent. This is a great story.
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