Blossoms in the Dust

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Blossoms in the Dust

texas adoption biography orphan bigotry illegitimate child

Blossoms in the Dust

Release Date: August 15, 1941

Year    :   1941
Slogan    :   «The stirring saga of a childless beauty...who was determined to be a mother!»
Genres    :   Drama, Romance
Production Companies    :   Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Director    :   Mervyn LeRoy
Producers    :   Mervyn LeRoy, Irving Asher
Writers    :   Anita Loos, Hugo Butler, Ralph Wheelwright, Dorothy Yost
RunTime    :   99 mins.

Edna marries Texan Sam Gladney, operator of a wheat mill. They have a son, who is killed when very young. Edna discovers by chance how the law treats children who are without parents and decides to do something about it. She opens a home for foundlings and orphans and begins to place children in good homes, despite the opposition of "conservative" citizens, who would condemn illegitimate children for being born out of wedlock. Eventually Edna leads a fight in the Texas legislature to remove the stigma of illegitimacy from birth records in that state, while continuing to be an advocate for homeless children.




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