You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Young Tom Edison

When Metro originally planned to produce the biography of Thomas A. Edison, intention was to combine his boyhood and manhood in the one picture. But research provided so much material that two productions are necessary to adequately cover the life of the wizard of Menlo Park. Young Tom ed ison covers the inventor's life as a boy in Port Huron, Michigan, around 1863. It details his inquisitiveness on chemicals and labor-saving gadgets, and his disregard for school curriculum and rules.

With:
Mickey Rooney Fay Bainter George Bancroft Virginia Weidler Eugene Pallette

When Metro originally planned to produce the biography of Thomas A. Edison, intention was to combine his boyhood and manhood in the one picture. But research provided so much material that two productions are necessary to adequately cover the life of the wizard of Menlo Park. Young Tom ed ison covers the inventor’s life as a boy in Port Huron, Michigan, around 1863. It details his inquisitiveness on chemicals and labor-saving gadgets, and his disregard for school curriculum and rules.

Splitup of the life of Edison into two parts marks the first time that such a procedure has been followed by any company. ed ison, The Man, with Spencer Tracy starred as the inventor in his years of real accomplishment, is the second part [released three months later].

Story points up the courage and eventual triumph of a typical American youth. No attempt is made to paint him as a youthful genius. He’s an all-American boy; an inventive opportunist.

Picture is rich in youthful adventure, and human, homey qualities. Mickey Rooney plays the young inventor with sympathetic restraint. There are no obvious stunts or gags; no overplaying of the dreamy, though deeply serious boy who is laying the foundation for his later achievements.

Story revolves around the home life of the Edison family. There’s the lovable and protecting mother (Fay Bainter), the stern father (George Bancroft) who fails to understand his son, and a younger sister (Virginia Weidler) continually sympathetic to her brother and his problems.

Young Tom Edison

Production: M-G-M. Director Norman Taurog; Producer John W. Considine Jr; Screenplay Bradbury Foote, Dore Schary, Hugo Butler; Camera Sidney Wagner; Editor Elmo Vernon; Music Edward Ward

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1940. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: Mickey Rooney Fay Bainter George Bancroft Virginia Weidler Eugene Pallette

More Film

  • Shootingstars 2018(c) Harald Fuhr/EFP

    European Film Promotion Body Fetes Its Shooting Stars

    When Metro originally planned to produce the biography of Thomas A. Edison, intention was to combine his boyhood and manhood in the one picture. But research provided so much material that two productions are necessary to adequately cover the life of the wizard of Menlo Park. Young Tom ed ison covers the inventor’s life as […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'Black Panther' Powers Past $300 Million at International Box Office

    When Metro originally planned to produce the biography of Thomas A. Edison, intention was to combine his boyhood and manhood in the one picture. But research provided so much material that two productions are necessary to adequately cover the life of the wizard of Menlo Park. Young Tom ed ison covers the inventor’s life as […]

  • AMERICA Land of the FreeKS

    Berlin Film Review: 'America: Land of the Freeks'

    When Metro originally planned to produce the biography of Thomas A. Edison, intention was to combine his boyhood and manhood in the one picture. But research provided so much material that two productions are necessary to adequately cover the life of the wizard of Menlo Park. Young Tom ed ison covers the inventor’s life as […]

  • Shape of Water

    How ‘Game of Thrones’ Has an Emotional Connection to ‘Shape of Water’

    When Metro originally planned to produce the biography of Thomas A. Edison, intention was to combine his boyhood and manhood in the one picture. But research provided so much material that two productions are necessary to adequately cover the life of the wizard of Menlo Park. Young Tom ed ison covers the inventor’s life as […]

  • Black Panther

    Box Office: 'Black Panther' Rules With $108 Million in Second Weekend

    When Metro originally planned to produce the biography of Thomas A. Edison, intention was to combine his boyhood and manhood in the one picture. But research provided so much material that two productions are necessary to adequately cover the life of the wizard of Menlo Park. Young Tom ed ison covers the inventor’s life as […]

  • Guillermo del Toro To Open Cinema

    Guillermo del Toro to Open Cinema Named after Him at Guadalajara Fest (EXCLUSIVE)

    When Metro originally planned to produce the biography of Thomas A. Edison, intention was to combine his boyhood and manhood in the one picture. But research provided so much material that two productions are necessary to adequately cover the life of the wizard of Menlo Park. Young Tom ed ison covers the inventor’s life as […]

  • 'Lemonade' Review: A Quietly Seething Romanian

    Berlin Film Review: 'Lemonade'

    When Metro originally planned to produce the biography of Thomas A. Edison, intention was to combine his boyhood and manhood in the one picture. But research provided so much material that two productions are necessary to adequately cover the life of the wizard of Menlo Park. Young Tom ed ison covers the inventor’s life as […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content