Young Tom Edison

Young Tom Edison

Mickey Rooney
Director: Norman Taurog Cast: Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
, Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter
, George Bancroft
George Bancroft
Norman Taurog

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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This account of Thomas Alva Edison's boyhood depict him as a brilliant but rambunctious teenager (Mickey Rooney), often distracted by his own ideas and frequently carried toward disaster by his fascination with his experiments, much to the consternation of his parents, neighbors, and teachers. While most of the town of Port Huron, Michigan -- including his own father (George Bancroft) -- doubt the boy's competency, his younger sister ({Virginia Weidler) and, most of all, his mother (Fay Bainter) believe in him and help sustain him until the climactic moment where his abilities and knowledge help avert a tragedy. Most of the major incidents depicted in the movie are true, and verified by the historical record -- or were believed to be true (based on Edison's own accounts) at the time of the movie's production -- though the time-line has been altered (and compressed) for dramatic purposes, in what is generally an entertaining and surprisingly informative bio-pic.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2009
UPC: 0883316125717
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:22:00
Sales rank: 23,129

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mickey Rooney Tom Edison
Fay Bainter Mrs. Samuel Edison
George Bancroft Samuel Edison
Virginia Weidler Tannie Edison
Eugene Pallette Mr. Nelson
Victor Kilian Mr. Dingle
J.M. Kerrigan Mr. McCarney
Lloyd Corrigan Dr. Pender
John Kellogg Bill Edison
Clem Bevans Mr. Waddell
Eily Malyon Schoolteacher
Harry Shannon Capt. Brackett
Bobby Jordan Joe Dingle
Pedro de Cordoba Captain Brackett

Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
Hugo Butler Screenwriter
John W. Considine Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Orville O. Dull Associate Producer
Bradbury Foote Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Dore Schary Screenwriter
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Dolly Tree Costumes/Costume Designer
Elmo Vernon Editor
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
Edward Ward Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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