Blossoms in the Dust (1941) Rated NR

When Edna Gladney discovers how the government treats children without parents, she opens a home for foundlings and orphans. Starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Felix Bressart.

This film does tug at your heart strings as it covers the life of Gladney, who is considered a modern saint. Her life is beautifully retold as the mother of the modern adoption system. While the film covers some of Gladney’s life, it isn’t completely truthful. The backstory leading up to starting the adoption system is mostly falsified. Although this is a great story and one that needs to be told, history tends to gloss over positive events or successes. The film is wonderfully acted and written. However, it’s not perfect. There are times when you struggle figuring out which child is which, but those imperfections don’t deter from the story. It’s worth the watch.


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