Edison, the Man
Edison, the Man (1940)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 1, 1940
DVD Release Date: October 23, 1991
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Something of a whitewash job, it never begins to suggest the stubborn and sometimes shortsighted side to the inventor's character that led him, for example, first to fail to recognise the potential of his invention of the movie camera and projector.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Standard biopic.

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Emanuel Levy

Spencer Tracy plays the pioneering scientist in this decent but routine MGM biopic, directed by Clarence Brown

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Steve Crum

Grade A MGM biography with strong Tracy as Thomas Edison.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Biography depicts famous inventor as smart, curious hero.

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