Edison, the Man
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In 1940, MGM turned out two films on the life of Thomas Alva Edison.The first, Young Tom Edison, starred Mickey Rooney and trotted out all the old Edison folklore, including the now-discredited incident in which Tom loses his hearing by being yanked onto a train by his ears. Edison the Man, starring Spencer Tracy in the title role, downplays certain inconvenient facts (including Edison's strong-arm tactics to protect his patents), but adheres more closely to actual events than its predecessor. The story concentrates on Edison's most productive years, from 1872 to 1882 (surprisingly… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Spencer Tracy plays the pioneering scientist in this decent but routine MGM biopic, directed by Clarence Brown"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Grade A MGM biography with strong Tracy as Thomas Edison."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Biography depicts famous inventor as smart, curious hero."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Standard biopic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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