Blossoms in the Dust
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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,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Result is a sentimentally sugary flavor which also extends over the romantic portions of the film. There is no comedy relief."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It was a noble deed and a noble effort to make a biography about a woman who was virtually unknown outside Texas, but the picture was long, overly teary, and didn't excite too many people at the box office, although it did make money."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"So intent on packing as many events as possible into a relatively slim 100 minutes that it can't devote enough time to developing any of them."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Pretty Technicolor, but the tearjerking is shameless."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Littered with stilted melodrama, wooden dialogue, and over-the-top courtroom showdowns."
‑ David Cornelius,
"This successful weepy revealed Garson's red hair in Technicolor for the first time, but was more significant for being the first of eight films she made with Pidgeon."
‑ , Film4
"With lovely Greer Garson playing the leading role, the spirit of the story is maintained on a level generally above its frequent insipid spots."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"One of the weakest films to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, this biopic of Edna Gladney is uncharacteristically poorly scripted by Anita Loos and poorly helmed by Mervyn LeRoy."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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