Edison, the Man

Spencer Tracy stars in this biography of Thomas Edison, the famous inventor who rose from poverty to invent the electric light bulb.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1940
  • Label: Warner Archives
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Academy Award-winner Spencer Tracy ("Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde") stars in this Oscar-nominated biography of Thomas Edison, the famous inventor who rose from poverty to invent the electric light bulb. With Oscar-winner Charles Coburn ("The Lady Eve") and Oscar-nominees Gene Lockhart ("Meet John Doe") and Henry Travers ("It's A Wonderful Life"). Directed by Academy Award-nominee Clarence Brown ("National Velvet," "The Yearling"). This acclaimed sequel to "Young Thomas Edison" was nominated for Best Writing.

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In 1940, MGM produced two pictures spanning the life of legendary inventor and thinker Thomas Alva Edison. This sequel to YOUNG TOM EDISON (starring Mickey Rooney) is a thought-provoking portrait of the man behind some of the most important inventions of the 20th century. On the 50th anniversary of Edison's greatest invention, the incandescent lightbulb, the elderly man thinks back on his life and his most creative period. He remembers the early setbacks in his career, his undaunting determination, and his happy family life with his wife, Mary Stillwell (Rita Johnson). This well-researched biopic features a remarkable lead performance from Spencer Tracy, who spent a period of time in Edison's hometown of Menlo Park, New Jersey, where he stayed in his laboratory and researched his journals and letters. In an attempt to create continuity between the two Thomas Edison projects, MGM hired the same screenwriters to work on both pieces.

Plot Synopsis:

Spencer Tracy portrays Thomas Edison in this sentimental version of the genius's life. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Story.

Production Notes:

  • MGM originally planned to make only one biography of Thomas Edison. Instead, it produced two when the project grew to enormous size. EDISON, THE MAN was released two months after YOUNG TOM EDISON, which starred Mickey Rooney as the title character and came out in March 1940.
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  • Sales Rank: 13,139
  • UPC: 883316126219
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