Young Tom Edison

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In the 1930s and early ’40s, fans flocked to biopics. So Hollywood had a great idea: take the stars of Boys Town and reteam them—with a twist—to tell the compelling life story of America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison. So Mickey Rooney portrayed... read more
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In the 1930s and early ’40s, fans flocked to biopics. So Hollywood had a great idea: take the stars of Boys Town and reteam them—with a twist—to tell the compelling life story of America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison. So Mickey Rooney portrayed Young Tom Edison and Spencer Tracy headlined Edison, the Man. The two films opened two months apart, and each garnered huge, enthusiastic audiences.  In this tale of Edison’s youth, Tom’s scientific curiosity and experiments gone wrong are subjects of scorn in his hometown…and in his family. Tom shows heroism in the face of great danger, and even invents a device to help the doctor save his mother’s life. But will that be enough to win over the folks who call him addled?

Original Release

03/15/1940

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Cast

Mickey Rooney Thomas Alva 'Tom' Edison
Eugene Pallette Mr. Nelson
Fay Bainter Mrs. Samuel 'Nancy' Edison
George Bancroft Samuel 'Sam' Edison
Virginia Weidler Tannie Edison
Victor Kilian Mr. Dingle
Bobby Jordan Joe 'Joey' Dingle (as Bobbie Jordan)
Lloyd Corrigan Dr. Pender
John Kellogg Bill Edison
Clem Bevans Mr. Waddell
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Norman Taurog

Writers

Dore Schary, Hugo Butler, Bradbury Foote, H. Alan Dunn

Cast

Mickey Rooney Thomas Alva 'Tom' Edison
Eugene Pallette Mr. Nelson
Fay Bainter Mrs. Samuel 'Nancy' Edison
George Bancroft Samuel 'Sam' Edison
Virginia Weidler Tannie Edison
Victor Kilian Mr. Dingle
Bobby Jordan Joe 'Joey' Dingle (as Bobbie Jordan)
Lloyd Corrigan Dr. Pender
John Kellogg Bill Edison
Clem Bevans Mr. Waddell
Eily Malyon Miss Lavina Howard, School Teacher
Harry Shannon Army Captain Brackett
Ernie Adams Passenger Buying Maple Sugar
Maude Allen Woman Fainting at Downed Bridge
Jessie Arnold Woman at Station
Polly Bailey Woman at Station
Sherwood Bailey Red, Joe's Friend
Jack Baxley Man at Dingle's Store
John Beck Bartender
Arthur Belasco Telegrapher

Producers

Editors

Elmo Veron

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