Edison, the Man

Synopsis: Hoored at a banquet for his sixty year career as an inventor, scientist, and businessman, 89 year old Thomas Alva Edison reflects back on his long career, which includes such achievements as the stock market ticker, the phonograph, the light bulb, and the motion picture.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Clarence Brown
Production: MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min



The true test of civilization of a country is not in its census

or the size of their cities or the size of their crops,

but in the kind of men it produces. Ralph Waldon Emerson.


Mr. Edison has not left the house, sir.

- Any idea what's wrong? - No sir, I do not.

- Better watch and tells me. - Yes sir. We wait.

- Go personally, fast. - Yes sir.

"To a very pretty girl." Thomas A. Edison.

Thank you.

You know fountain pens are a mystery to me?

Can I publish it in the school newspaper, Mr. Edison?

Nancy, please, that's a stupid question.

- Tell me, Mr. Edison! - Nancy, is your name?

Yes, Nancy Gray.

It's a nice name.

- I always liked the name. - Was the name of your mother, right?

Maybe that's why I like it.

Tell me, Mr. Edison, what is the formula for success?

We know the formula, do not you remember?

Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, is not it, Mr. Edison?

Sure 1% inspiration is very important, you know?

You have to have it, you can not invent.

- You also learn at school. - How?

- That not learn in school. - Do not.

No, I think not.

Although I have not gone to school almost anything.

Do not? Who taught you then?

- A teacher. - But he said it was not the school.

Nancy, my mother.

What do you think was the greatest invention?

Does the press, electricity, radio?

- The greatest invention? - Yes sir.

- A blade of grass. - But that's not an invention.

Oh, yes it is, it is an invention of nature.

Did you ever stop to think why it grows, why is it green?

No sir.

Mr. Edison, what would you say is the most valuable thing in the world?

That is easy.

- Time. - Time?

For all the money in the world you can not buy a minute of it.

Are you ready to go to the meeting?

Oh, the meeting, I forgot the time. Never use clock.

- Never wear a watch, is important. - Yes, it's interesting.

- Nancy Goodbye, good luck. - Goodbye.

- Goodbye Mr. Edison, thanks. - Nothing, nothing.

I did not remember the meeting.

Here we celebrate the golden jubilee of electricity.

In this replica of Independence Hall.

I think with Mr. Randry Ford, who built it,

Thomas Edison who, through their work,

He has devised a new kind of declaration of independence.

He said with his work and with a force greater than any man.

The liberation of the human mind.

The world's people are witnesses, and we are here to

honor him on behalf of all.

But there was a time that had no witnesses.

And I had to walk slowly, against all,

ignorance, doubt, envy and greed.

Years ago in Port Loran, Mr. Edison worked as a telegrapher.

In silence, he is studying the use of a new force.


In 1869, he left the west and went to Boston.

Where his first invention, a counter unit of votes, was rejected.

He came to the city of New York.

Thank you.

- Who is that? - I do not know.

Hey, you.


What are you doing there?

Get out of there.

- Why he has not stopped? - Stop me?

I have heard, I have called three times.

- Sorry, I have hearing problems. - What's there?

Let's open.

Oh, books.

- What is going on here? - I think I've been rude.

- Good evening. - Good evening.

I am looking for a telegraph operator named Cabbot, But Cabbot.

He said he would find here in this building.

- His name is Thomas Edison? - Yes sir.

I am the uncle But Cabbot.

- The number is me! - Oh, como estas Mr. The?

Come with me.

- Have you been to Boston? - Yes, sir.

- Have you been to New York before? - Do not.

Are you planning to stay?

I think so, Bunt promised me get a job.

But! Aqu est Thomas Edison.

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Talbot Jennings

Talbot Jennings (August 24, 1894 – May 30, 1985) was an American playwright and screenwriter. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Writing and Screenplay, for Mutiny on the Bounty in 1935 and Anna and the King of Siam in 1946. more…

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