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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A brassy, fast-talking little girl dropped off at Edna's place manages to get across the idea that she's [[SonOfAWhore a hooker's child.]] After the policeman says she was scooped up in a raid, the little girl says "Oh sure, we're always being raided, my mother's a--", being cutoff when the cop puts his hand over her mouth.

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%% * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A brassy, fast-talking little girl dropped off at Edna's place manages GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to get across overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the idea that she's [[SonOfAWhore a hooker's child.]] After future, please check the policeman says she was scooped up in a raid, trope page to make sure your example fits the little girl says "Oh sure, we're always being raided, my mother's a--", being cutoff when the cop puts his hand over her mouth.current definition.


It is a BioPic of Edna Gladney, a RealLife advocate for orphans and "illegitimate" children. The story opens with Edna Kahly as the daughter of a wealthy Wisconsin family. Edna has an adopted sister, Charlotte, who was a DoorstopBaby taken in by the Kahlys many years ago. Charlotte's impending marriage to a nice young local man is disrupted when her fiance's parents discover her illegitimacy. Charlotte promptly kills herself.

Edna marries Sam Gladney (Creator/WalterPidgeon), a well-to-do wheat farmer from Texas, and they have a son. But tragedy strikes when the boy is killed in a carriage accident. Edna, unable to have any more children, dedicates herself to taking care of orphans. She founds an orphanage dedicated to pairing off children with adoptive parents, and fights obstructive bureaucrats who try to shut her down. When Edna is further reminded of the stigma of illegitimacy, she campaigns to have the designation "illegitimate" removed from Texas birth certificates.

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It is a BioPic of Edna Gladney, a RealLife advocate for orphans and "illegitimate" children. The story opens with Edna Kahly as the daughter of a wealthy Wisconsin family. Edna has an adopted sister, Charlotte, who was a DoorstopBaby taken in by the Kahlys many years ago. Charlotte's impending marriage to a nice young local man is disrupted when her fiance's fiancé's parents discover her illegitimacy. Charlotte promptly kills herself.

Edna marries Sam Gladney (Creator/WalterPidgeon), a well-to-do wheat farmer from Texas, and they have a son. But tragedy strikes when the boy is killed in a carriage accident. Edna, unable to have any more children, dedicates herself to taking care of orphans. She founds an orphanage dedicated to pairing off children with adoptive parents, parents and fights obstructive bureaucrats who try to shut her down. When Edna is further reminded of the stigma of illegitimacy, she campaigns to have the designation "illegitimate" removed from Texas birth certificates.



* ConflictBall: So--why doesn't Edna adopt little Tony for her own child, huh? Huh? Why can't Edna be a mother? Why does the couple who asks for Tony have to have ''him'', the one that Edna's bonded with the most, and not any other child at the orphanage? Why? To make this movie more of a {{Tearjerker}}, that's why.

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* ConflictBall: So--why doesn't Edna adopt little Tony for her own child, huh? Huh? Why can't Edna be a mother? Why does the couple who asks for Tony have to have ''him'', the one that Edna's bonded with the most, most and not any other child at the orphanage? Why? To make this movie more of a {{Tearjerker}}, that's why.



* HardWorkMontage: A montage shows Edna criss-crossing Texas, relentlessly collecting funds for her wards, in the form of coins dropped into milk bottles.

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* HardWorkMontage: A montage shows Edna criss-crossing crisscrossing Texas, relentlessly collecting funds for her wards, in the form of coins dropped into milk bottles.



* ParentalAbandonment: One particularly loathesome father drops off his newborn son at Edna's orphanage (the mother died in childbirth) because he just doesn't want to be bothered with taking care of the baby. When said father finds out the baby was adopted by a rich family, he comes back, looking for a payoff.

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* ParentalAbandonment: One particularly loathesome loathsome father drops off his newborn son at Edna's orphanage (the mother died in childbirth) because he just doesn't want to be bothered with taking care of the baby. When said father finds out the baby was adopted by a rich family, he comes back, looking for a payoff.



* {{Tearjerker}}: Little kids die, husbands die, adored orphans given away for no particular reason. This movie desperately wants to make the viewer cry.

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* {{Tearjerker}}: Little kids die, husbands die, adored orphans are given away for no particular reason. This movie desperately wants to make the viewer cry.


* DeathOfAChild: The Gladneys' cute young son is killed in a carriage accident.



* InfantImmortality: Averted when the Gladneys' cute young son is killed in a carriage accident.


Edna marries Sam Gladney (Walter Pidgeon), a well-to-do wheat farmer from Texas, and they have a son. But tragedy strikes when the boy is killed in a carriage accident. Edna, unable to have any more children, dedicates herself to taking care of orphans. She founds an orphanage dedicated to pairing off children with adoptive parents, and fights obstructive bureaucrats who try to shut her down. When Edna is further reminded of the stigma of illegitimacy, she campaigns to have the designation "illegitimate" removed from Texas birth certificates.

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Edna marries Sam Gladney (Walter Pidgeon), (Creator/WalterPidgeon), a well-to-do wheat farmer from Texas, and they have a son. But tragedy strikes when the boy is killed in a carriage accident. Edna, unable to have any more children, dedicates herself to taking care of orphans. She founds an orphanage dedicated to pairing off children with adoptive parents, and fights obstructive bureaucrats who try to shut her down. When Edna is further reminded of the stigma of illegitimacy, she campaigns to have the designation "illegitimate" removed from Texas birth certificates.


* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The slimy dirtbag of a father who's dropping off his infant son with Edna after his wife's DeathByChildbirth is ostentatiously puffing up a storm in her office.

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The slimy dirtbag of a father who's dropping off his infant son with Edna after his wife's DeathByChildbirth is ostentatiously puffing up a storm in her Edna's office.


* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The slimy dirtbag of a father who's dropping off his infant son with Edna after his wife DiedInChildbirth is ostentatiously puffing up a storm in her office.

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The slimy dirtbag of a father who's dropping off his infant son with Edna after his wife DiedInChildbirth wife's DeathByChildbirth is ostentatiously puffing up a storm in her office.


* HandGagging: Stops a little girl from saying the word "whore."



* PuttingAHandOverHisMouth: Stops a little girl from saying the word "whore."

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* ParentalAbandonment: * One particularly loathesome father drops off his newborn son at Edna's orphanage (the mother died in childbirth) because he just doesn't want to be bothered with taking care of the baby. When said father finds out the baby was adopted by a rich family, he comes back, looking for a payoff.

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* ParentalAbandonment: * One particularly loathesome father drops off his newborn son at Edna's orphanage (the mother died in childbirth) because he just doesn't want to be bothered with taking care of the baby. When said father finds out the baby was adopted by a rich family, he comes back, looking for a payoff.payoff.
* PuttingAHandOverHisMouth: Stops a little girl from saying the word "whore."

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* ParentalAbandonment: * One particularly loathesome father drops off his newborn son at Edna's orphanage (the mother died in childbirth) because he just doesn't want to be bothered with taking care of the baby. When said father finds out the baby was adopted by a rich family, he comes back, looking for a payoff.


* FalseRomanticLead: In the opening scene Edna is at a dance with her fiance, one Damon [=McPherson=]. Then tall, handsome Sam Gladney pops up, and Damon is forgotten about.


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* RomanticFalseLead: In the opening scene Edna is at a dance with her fiance, one Damon [=McPherson=]. Then tall, handsome Sam Gladney pops up, and Damon is forgotten about.

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''Blossoms in the Dust'' is a 1941 film directed by Mervyn [=LeRoy=], starring Creator/GreerGarson.

It is a BioPic of Edna Gladney, a RealLife advocate for orphans and "illegitimate" children. The story opens with Edna Kahly as the daughter of a wealthy Wisconsin family. Edna has an adopted sister, Charlotte, who was a DoorstopBaby taken in by the Kahlys many years ago. Charlotte's impending marriage to a nice young local man is disrupted when her fiance's parents discover her illegitimacy. Charlotte promptly kills herself.

Edna marries Sam Gladney (Walter Pidgeon), a well-to-do wheat farmer from Texas, and they have a son. But tragedy strikes when the boy is killed in a carriage accident. Edna, unable to have any more children, dedicates herself to taking care of orphans. She founds an orphanage dedicated to pairing off children with adoptive parents, and fights obstructive bureaucrats who try to shut her down. When Edna is further reminded of the stigma of illegitimacy, she campaigns to have the designation "illegitimate" removed from Texas birth certificates.

First of [[ThoseTwoActors eight films]] to pair Garson with Walter Pidgeon, including the next year's Oscar winner, ''Film/MrsMiniver''.

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* BelligerentSexualTension: Very evident when Edna is affecting outrage at Sam's proposition of marriage when he first meets her.
* ConflictBall: So--why doesn't Edna adopt little Tony for her own child, huh? Huh? Why can't Edna be a mother? Why does the couple who asks for Tony have to have ''him'', the one that Edna's bonded with the most, and not any other child at the orphanage? Why? To make this movie more of a {{Tearjerker}}, that's why.
* DoorstopBaby: The bulk of Edna's job involves taking in foundlings.
* DrivenToSuicide: Charlotte kills herself when her illegitimacy is brought up and becomes an obstacle to her marriage with Alan.
* FalseRomanticLead: In the opening scene Edna is at a dance with her fiance, one Damon [=McPherson=]. Then tall, handsome Sam Gladney pops up, and Damon is forgotten about.
* FieryRedhead: The Technicolor photography shows off Garson's flaming red hair, and it matches Edna Gladney's personality, as she becomes a tireless and outspoken advocate for orphaned and illegitimate children.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A brassy, fast-talking little girl dropped off at Edna's place manages to get across the idea that she's [[SonOfAWhore a hooker's child.]] After the policeman says she was scooped up in a raid, the little girl says "Oh sure, we're always being raided, my mother's a--", being cutoff when the cop puts his hand over her mouth.
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The slimy dirtbag of a father who's dropping off his infant son with Edna after his wife DiedInChildbirth is ostentatiously puffing up a storm in her office.
* HardWorkMontage: A montage shows Edna criss-crossing Texas, relentlessly collecting funds for her wards, in the form of coins dropped into milk bottles.
* HeartwarmingOrphan: All of the cute little kids that wind up under Edna's care. Little red-headed Tony with his lame leg gets the most screen time.
* InfantImmortality: Averted when the Gladneys' cute young son is killed in a carriage accident.
* MoralGuardians: All the sour, mean people of Texas who wish to keep the "illegitimate" label on birth certificates as a stigma of immorality. Three cruel old women stop in Edna's office and tell her that the designation is required to segregate bad people from good people. A Texas state legislator demands it in order to punish immorality.
* NiceHat: Edna has a pronounced fashion sense and wears some huge hats in the movie.
* OrphanageOfLove: What Edna founds, an institution dedicated to taking care of children and matching them up with good parents.
* RichBitch
** Sarah, the nasty sour snob who refuses to let her son Alan marry poor Charlotte.
** Then there's Mrs. Gilworth, a vain and snobby woman who comes to Edna's orphanage to adopt a child, with the sort of casualness one might have when adopting a dog. When she's rejected, Mrs. Gilworth goes to the board of supervisors and gets Edna's orphanage shut down.
* {{Tearjerker}}: Little kids die, husbands die, adored orphans given away for no particular reason. This movie desperately wants to make the viewer cry.
* TimePassesMontage: A montage featuring several anniversary cards from Sam to Edna shows time passing, and also shows that Sam's wheat business is prospering as the presents get fancier.
* UncleTomfoolery: Some really racist comic relief with various Gladney servants. Zeke says stuff like "I sure is powerfully glad to see you", and is so servile he offers to work for the Gladneys for free after they go broke. Another black servant is too dumb to realize that washing a thermometer in hot water might throw off the reading for a little bit.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Like most biopics of the era, heavily fictionalized. For instance, there was no adoptive sister Charlotte who was illegitimate; it was Edna herself who was an illegitimate child of low-class origin. And Gladney did not have a son to conveniently die in order to make a biopic about her even sadder.

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