Edison, the Man
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Edison, the Man -- Spencer Tracy plays the American go-getter who sells his first invention to Western Electric in order to set up his own laboratory, saves it by chancing upon the phonograph, then in 1886 achieves his dream of the electric light. Director Clarence Brown uses occasional comic touches to keep the idealized biography from getting too sentimental, but Tracy's likeable performance is what makes it worth watching. Its picture of science in the service of humanity as well as the virtues of dedication and hard work will not be lost on the young. (A-I) (br) 1940
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A-II -- adults and adolescents;
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Note: Some movies previously were designated A-IV. Older films with this classification should be regarded as classified L.