February 17, 2014

Movie Monday+: Blossoms in the Dust

If you’re wanting something sentimental, heart-warming, and a not-strictly historically-accurate Best Picture nominee, this is one of my all time favorites.

“Blossoms in the Dust” is Hollywood’s version of the life of Edna Gladney, yes, of the Gladney Center for Adoption.

Starring Greer Garson in the as the lead, and with her best co-star Walter Pidgeon as her husband, Sam Gladney. While the movie is decidedly more melodramatic than reality, the essentials are the same: Edna Gladney was principally responsible for removing the “illegitimate” designation from birth certificates, for extending legal rights to adopted children, and improving the health and welfare of birth mothers and abandoned children across the state of Texas.

It’s an illustrious mantle, and Garson carries it like a pro. Edna Gladney, Madam Curie – Greer Garson was practically made for playing significant women in history. “Blossoms in the Dust” is a great example of her dramatic prowess.

I’m not at all surprised “Blossoms in the Dust” was nominated for Best Picture. It’s a beautiful movie full of drama and sentiment, with exceptional acting and perfect casting. “Blossoms in the Dust” will be on TCM on Saturday, February 22, at 8:45 am CST.

Feb 18
Best Song Nominee and Winner Marathon
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – 7:00 am CST
Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) – 12:30 pm CST
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) – 4:30 pm CST
1959 Best Editing Nominees
Ben Hur (1959) – 7:00 pm CST
North by Northwest (1959) – 11:00 pm CST
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) – 1:30 am CST
The Nun’s Story (1959) – 4:30 am CST

Feb 19
Best Supporting Actor Winners Marathon
The Barefoot Contessa (1954) – 11:45 am CST
1937 Best Supporting Actor Nominees
Topper (1937) – 7:00 pm CST
The Awful Truth (1937) – 11:15 pm CST

Feb 20
Best Actress Nominee Marathon
Mogambo (1953) – 8:30 am CST
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) – 12:30 pm CST
1934 Best Actress Nominees
It Happened One Night (1934) – 8:30 pm CST

Feb 21
Best Actor Nominee Marathon

Othello (1965) – 9:00 am CST
1944 Best Actor Nominees
Going My Way (1944) – 7:00 pm CST
Gaslight (1944) – 12:00 am CST

Feb 22
Best Picture Nominee Marathon
Random Harvest (1942) – 6:30 am CST
Blossoms in the Dust (1941) – 8:45 am CST
1948 Best Picture Nominees
The Red Shoes (1948) – 7:00 pm CST
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) – 2:30 am CST
Johnny Belinda (1948) – 4:45 am CST

Feb 23
Best Picture Nominee Marathon

Ivanhoe (1952) – 8:30 am CST
King Solomon’s Mines (1950) – 10:30 am CST
1938 Best Picture Nominees
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) – 7:00 pm CST
You Can’t Take it With You (1938) – 9:00 pm CST
Boys’ Town (1938) – 3:00 am CST

Feb 24
1938 Best Picture Nominees
Four Daughters (1938) – 5:00 am CST
Jezebel (1938) – 11:00 am CST
Test Pilot (1938) – 1:00 am CST

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