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Blossoms in the Dust

Not Rated 100min.
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Plot & Details

Greer Garson is dignity and integrity personified in the role of the real-life Edna Gladney. After several life experiences which rival daytime drama for unrelenting misery and melodrama, Edna marries flour-mill owner Sam Gladney (Walter Pidgeon). They have a baby, who dies shortly after Edna discovers that she can never have any other children. To give her life some meaning, Edna sets up the Texas Children's Home and Aid Society, which specializes in caring for illegitimate children and offering them for adoption. After her husband's death, Edna becomes a powerful political figure, succeeding in removing the stigma of illegitimacy by having that word stricken from all future Texas birth certificates; in this way, she honors the memory of her own half sister, who had killed herself upon discovering she was born out of wedlock. MGM thought enough of Blossoms in the Dust to film the production in Technicolor, a luxury usually reserved in 1941 for musicals or Westerns.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1941 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Urie McCleary Won
1941 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Greer Garson Nominated
1941 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Cedric Gibbons Won
1941 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Karl W. Freund Nominated
1941 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography W. Howard Greene Nominated
1941 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Nominated
1941 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Edwin B. Willis Won

Film Daily

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1941 Film Daily 10 Best Films Won

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