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Adam Had Four Sons(1941)

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  • Adam Had Four Sons

    • Lynne
    • 8/29/12

    When judging this film,one has to be careful not to employ 2012 sensibilities. This is a war-time flick. Fear ran rampant, Fear of the death of a loved one, fear of being overtaken by the enemy,fear of being cheated on due to separation.The boys marched to the strain : "Jodie's got your girl and gone." It was also a time of change for women in America. Suddenly,we were working and making decisions, because we HAD to. Naturally, manipulative women became a major theme in movies. Strong women were demonized. The story was written about women in the Victorian Era. Talk about repression. It made sense that Hester (Susan) would want to marry into a family with wealth and position. That was the only way a woman of her ilk could advance herself. It happened all the time. It happens NOW. Why do you think people struggle to get their little ones in the "right" day care? They want little Farley to consort with the "right" people. The struggle continues right on up to college. The theme is also evident in the case of Emilie, the lowly Governess. What did she do in the intervening years? Why would she consent to return to America to "govern" grown men? Hester poses that question to Emilie. So here are two women who need the men of the Stoddard family in order to make their way in life. One "good" and one, well, she's a TRAMP! haha I love it. I wonder, what was the intent of the makers of this film? Were they holding a mirror for women to see themselves? Did they have a message for the women who were charged with waiting for their soldiers to return? Or were they taking a look back at an era when women couldn't own property, or vote, or in some cases marry without thought to pedigree? Whatever, I liked this movie. Bergman, as usual, was radiant. Hayward was at her bad girl best. The men? Anyone could have played their part. Baxter, though,portrayed a Victorian without the blustering pomposity that Hollywood usually employed for that time period. "Life With Father"- Wm Powell

  • This sure sounds like the movie "Emma"

    • muriel
    • 8/24/12

    Sure this isn't a remake of "Emma", with Ingrid Bergman in the role played by Marie Dressler?

  • Ingrid Bergman blind-sided by Susan Hayward

    • Jarrod McDonald
    • 2/18/11

    Usually Ingrid Bergman holds her own in movies, but not this film. She is completely upstaged by Susan Hayward. Susan takes the picture, runs with it and never gives it back.

  • I Loved It!

    • cbarnes116
    • 7/22/09

    Unfortunately, I was not able to see the entire film, but I absolutely loved what I saw. I would like to see the entire movie again.

  • Adam Had Four Sons

    • MW
    • 7/14/09

    Watched it 7/13/09 and really enjoyed it. Was surprised to see Susan Hayward in a "bad girl" role.

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