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Edison, the Man (1940)

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MPAA Rating
NR

Running Time
1 hour, 47 minutes

Country USA

Studio MGM

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Other Titles
• Edison, the Man
• The EdisonMan



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Genre: Drama, Biography, Period Piece

Plot: 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.

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 Directed by
Clarence Brown
National Velvet, The Yearling, Anna Karenina
 Written by
Hugo Butler
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Bradbury Foote
Young Tom Edison
 Cast
Spencer Tracy
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Rita Johnson
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Lynne Overman
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Charles Coburn
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Gene Lockhart
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Henry Travers
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Felix Bressart
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 Music By
Herbert Stothart
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