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Adam Had Four Sons
Adam Had Four Sons
Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Warner Baxter, Susan Hayward, Fay Wray, Richard Denning
Director: Gregory Ratoff
Genres: Drama
NR     2004     1hr 21min

Classic romance! A governess falls for her boss after his wife passes away and she stays to help raise his four sons. Stars Academy Award winners Ingrid Bergman, Susan Hayward and Warner Baxter, along with screen legend ...  more »


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Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Warner Baxter, Susan Hayward, Fay Wray, Richard Denning
Director: Gregory Ratoff
Creators: J. Peverell Marley, Francis D. Lyon, Gordon Griffith, Robert E. Sherwood, Charles Bonner, Michael Blankfort, William Hurlbut
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Classics, Family Life
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/06/2004
Original Release Date: 02/18/1941
Theatrical Release Date: 02/18/1941
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 21min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Warm Family Story
Daniel G. Berk | West Bloomfield, Michigan | 09/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While this film may be predictable as to its events and conclusion, it is a warm and enjoyable film to watch. After the death of his wife (Fay Wray), a father (Warner Baxer) raises his four sons with the help of a devoted governess (Ingrid Bergman). When one of the sons marries, it is to an evil shrew (Susan Hayward), and the battle between good and evil, Bergman and Hayward, is joined.Bergman and Hayward turn in memorable performances. Also watch for a sweet performance by a young June Lockhart."
Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 10/21/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This is a family saga of a huband (Warren Baxter) and wife (Fay Wray) who have four sons. As they are quite well to do, they hire a French governess (Ingrid Bergman) for the boys. Several years later, the wife falls ill and dies. The governess becomes the mother figure. Shortly after, the stock market crashes and the father loses everything and is forced to send the governess away with a promise to send for her as soon as he can. This is where the movie becomes somewhat implausible. The father sends for her years later, but the boys are fully grown young men. They obviously do not need a governess. Yet, she lives with them. It is obvious to all that the father and the governess are in love, but nary a word of such passes between them. Out of the clear blue, one of the sons marries a beautiful, but loose woman (Susan Hayward). The governess does not like this son's wife and with good reason. The wife soon commences an affair with one of her husband's brothers. Soon, this serene household become a hot bed of angst. After her husband discovers the affair with his brother, who has since repudiated this vixen, she is ordered to leave the house. She does so, and the father finally asks the long suffering governess to marry him.The performances by the cast are strong, but the screenplay falters. This is a predictable, though somewhat mediocre film that one may find mildly enjoyable, if one loves old films in general. If not, skip it."
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Mrs Baldwin | Portland, OR | 07/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I don't understand why this film doesn't get better ratings than it does. Everyone seems to think it an overly saccharine piece of cinema. Personally, I find it very nice - tasteful, romantic, and not too heavy. Sure, maybe it was weird to have Emilie come back after the boys were grown up. But if I remember correctly, they wanted her to come back and she had promised she would. Anything wrong with keeping a promise?That aside... The only complaints that I have is that the end IS a bit abrupt - suddenly everything is cleared up, Adam proposes and before they even kiss the words "The End" appear. And Susan Hayward's character is really annoying. Hester. Who in their right mind would name their girl Hester? Anyway. Helen Westley is a minor character here, Aunt Phillipa. June Lockhart is the neighbour girl who falls in love with Adam's youngest son. I liked her better as the Praslin daughter in All This and Heaven Too, but she fit the part finely here all the same. My favourite scene is the one when Emilie decides that Hester is going to leave. Very rarely do you ever get to see sweet, pretty Ingrid taking command like she does in that scene. My recommendation is to give this movie a chance at least and make a rational judgement about it before believing that it's only second-rate sugar."
A good classic family drama...
filmfanatical | London,England | 05/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Emilie (Ingrid Bergman), a french governess, is hired by wealthy Adam Stoppard (Warner Baxter) and his wife Molly to look after their four sons. Following the untimely death of their mother, the boys grow to depend on Emilie more.When the boys are older they join the army. When they return home one of them brings home a beautiful wife Hester (Susan Hayward). It soon becomes clear that Hester is trouble. She's a heartless gold-digger that nearly splits the family apart. Can Emilie hold the family together with Hester around causing trouble?Over the years Emilie's feelings for Adam grow deeper and she falls in love with him. Even the though the boys are now men at this point, Adam insists that she come and live with them again as part of the family...."