Edison the Man

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Glossily polished biopic made as a sequelto Young Tom Edison, with Tracy in suitably earnest form, struggling through the trials and tribulations of poverty and neglect en route to inventing the light bulb. 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, and secondly, to hang so firmly on to his patent that the movie medium was in thrall to him for many years.

Release details

Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Clarence Brown
Screenwriter: Talbot Jennings, Bradbury Foote, Hugo Butler, Dore Schary
Cast: Spencer Tracy
Rita Johnson
Lynne Overman
Charles Coburn
Gene Lockhart
Henry Travers
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