Edison, the Man
Warner Archive Collection (series)
Spencer Tracy stars in this biography of Thomas Edison, the famous inventor who rose from poverty to invent the electric light bulb.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 23, 2009
- Originally Released: 1940
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Spencer Tracy, Charles Coburn, Henry Travers & Gene Lockhart|
|Performer:||Rita Johnson, Lynne Overman, Felix Bressart, Byron Foulger & Frank Faylen|
|Directed by||Clarence Brown & Peter Godfrey|
|Edited by||Fredrick Y. Smith|
|Screenwriting by||Talbot Jennings|
|Written by||Bradbury Foote|
|Composition by||Herbert Stothart|
|Produced by||John W. Considine Jr.|
|Director of Photography:||Harold Rosson|
Rating: 5/5 -- Grade A MGM biography with strong Tracy as Thomas Edison.
Something of a whitewash job, it never begins to suggest the stubborn and sometimes shortsighted side to the inventor's character that led him, for example, first to fail to recognise the potential of his invention of the movie camera and projector. Full Review
Rating: B- -- Spencer Tracy plays the pioneering scientist in this decent but routine MGM biopic, directed by Clarence Brown Full Review
Rating: B- -- Standard biopic. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 4/5 -- Biography depicts famous inventor as smart, curious hero. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Description by OLDIES.com:
Academy Award-winner Spencer Tracy ("Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde") stars in this Oscar-nominated biography of Thomas Edison, the famous inventor who rose from poverty to invent the electric light bulb. With Oscar-winner Charles Coburn ("The Lady Eve") and Oscar-nominees Gene Lockhart ("Meet John Doe") and Henry Travers ("It's A Wonderful Life"). Directed by Academy Award-nominee Clarence Brown ("National Velvet," "The Yearling"). This acclaimed sequel to "Young Thomas Edison" was nominated for Best Writing.
In 1940, MGM produced two pictures spanning the life of legendary inventor and thinker Thomas Alva Edison. This sequel to YOUNG TOM EDISON (starring Mickey Rooney) is a thought-provoking portrait of the man behind some of the most important inventions of the 20th century. On the 50th anniversary of Edison's greatest invention, the incandescent lightbulb, the elderly man thinks back on his life and his most creative period. He remembers the early setbacks in his career, his undaunting determination, and his happy family life with his wife, Mary Stillwell (Rita Johnson). This well-researched biopic features a remarkable lead performance from Spencer Tracy, who spent a period of time in Edison's hometown of Menlo Park, New Jersey, where he stayed in his laboratory and researched his journals and letters. In an attempt to create continuity between the two Thomas Edison projects, MGM hired the same screenwriters to work on both pieces.
Spencer Tracy portrays Thomas Edison in this sentimental version of the genius's life. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Story.
- MGM originally planned to make only one biography of Thomas Edison. Instead, it produced two when the project grew to enormous size. EDISON, THE MAN was released two months after YOUNG TOM EDISON, which starred Mickey Rooney as the title character and came out in March 1940.
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