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Actors: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart

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This is an autobiographical story of Edna Gladney, the Texas woman responsible for de-stigmatizing adoption. Edna and Sam Gladney (Garson and Pidgeon) are happily married and have their first child. The son dies while still an infant, leaving a void in their lives. Edna begins to work tirelessly, matching abandoned children with loving childless couples. One of the biggest challenges she faces in promoting adoption is the stigma of illegitimacy, seen as a blot against character in that day and a label that would follow a child for life, regardless of his or her character and accomplishments. The film follows Gladney's life through her appearances in front of the Texas Legislature to remove the word “illegitimate” from birth certificates/records.
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This was the first of many films in which Garson and Pidgeon would star together. It won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and had several nominations including Best Picture and Best Actress for Garson.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   left-wing-but-not-quite-communist activism!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   None

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