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Edison, The Man
It was very good. Seemed to have been researched very well.... Question: At the end of movie when he gave he speech on the "Dangers of Science" did he really say that? It's a brillant speech. Where can I get a copy of it. I thought he didn't believe in organized religion? or God? Hope to get an answer from someone who knows for sure. Thanks
Edison, the Man (1940)
- Mr. Blandings
Watchable but blatantly white-washed bio-pic of the famous American inventor. Tracy is solid as usual. Neat idea of back-to-back films with the prequel "Young Tom Edison" played by Mickey Rooney.
Edison, the Man (1940)
- Jay Higgins
Very "Hollywoodized" biography of Thomas Edison, a follow up to "Young Tom Edison". Spencer Tracy is, as always, great. He is one of those few actors who gives a fine performance, no matter what material he has to work with. This film entertains and is very worth watching.
A film that educates.
- Mary Beth
I would LOVE for this title to be available to schools. As an 8th grade science teacher,this film not only shows the importance of Edison's discoveries, but it shows how a real person can use science to contribute to society. "Edison the Man" humanizes science and the scientist.
Tesla was a genius!
I agree with Holz. When is somebody going to make a movie about Tesla?? Here's an incredible life story waiting to be told: Comes to America, gets the shaft from Edison, stages amazing lightning shows, wins the battle of AC power (which we all use today), invents the radio (NOT Marconi), gets ripped off, marginalized, nearly forgotten by history - and dies as a lonely old man with an apartment full of pigeons. This is Oscar Material!! maybe someday...
Well deserved, but a "Hollywood" story.
Edison certianly deserves much credit, but he had his vices. He invested heavily in Direct Current (DC) technology; good for many applicaions, but not for the needed power and lighting applications Edison envisioned. No mention is made in the movie of Nikola Tesla. Edison invited him to the USA from Croatia to work in Edison's labs. Edison made him work from 10:30 am to 5:00 the next morning, seven days a week. Even though Tesla did not believe in Edison's direct current motors he worked hard to improve them. Edison told him if he could do that he would give him a bonus of $50,000. He came up with twenty-four new designs to replace the old ones of Edison's. Edison was delighted with the results but did not pay Tesla the $50,000 he had promised. When Tesla finally asked him about it, it is said that Edison told him, "Tesla, you don't understand our American humor." That is when Tesla left the Edison Co. and evenutally worked for Edison's rival George Westinghouse.