Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Young Tom Edison {1940}

One of my favorite movies growing up was the Edison film series that came out in 1940. The first one was, Young Tom Edison starring Mickey Rooney as a young Tom Edison, Fay Bainter as Mrs. Nancy Edison, and Virginia Weidler as Tannie Edison (Tom's sister).

Most of the movie is based on true events, but they got the age and birth order of Tannie wrong. She is suposed to be Tom's older sister, like much older sister. :) But, we enjoy this small mistake in the movie.

The movie follows the life of Tom Edison. Well, at least the basic events. I must say though, that Tom Edison was much younger when his parents pulled him out of school and his mother started home-schooling him. Yes, Tom Edison was a home-school graduate. :) All in all, I love this movie!

If you have TCM it on this Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 at 2:00 PM.

Trivia - 
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 23, 1940 with Mickey Rooney and Virginia Weidler reprising their film roles. You can listen here (Right click link to download mp3).
Trailer -


1 comment:

Vicki said...

Edison was homeschooled?? That is TOO cool.