Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell

Director: Irving Cummings Cast: Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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This fictionalized biography of the famed American inventor's life provided actor Don Ameche with his signature role. For years after its release, people even referred to the telephone as "an Ameche." The story begins in 1873 Boston as Bell endeavors to teach deaf people to speak in the manner invented by his father. When not teaching, Bell tinkers with his various inventions. Opportunity knocks when Bell is befriended by an aristocratic fellow (Charles Coburn) who wants Bell to help teach his daughter (Loretta Young) to speak. Bell agrees and falls in love with her. It is she who inspires and encourages him to invent the telephone, while it is young Watson (Henry Fonda) who assists him. After they meet with success, the inventors must do battle in court with Western Union, the company that held the patent to the telegraph.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/06/2012
UPC: 0024543857167
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 20,912

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Ameche Alexander Graham Bell
Loretta Young Mabel Hubbard Bell
Henry Fonda Tom Watson
Charles Coburn Gardner Hubbard
Gene Lockhart Thomas Sanders
Spring Byington Mrs. Hubbard
Sally Blane Gertrude Hubbard
Polly Ann Young Grace Hubbard
Bobs Watson George Sanders, Jr.
Russell Hicks Barrows
Paul Stanton Chauncey Smith
Jonathan Hale President of Western Union
Harry Davenport Judge
Elizabeth Patterson Mrs. McGregor
Charles Trowbridge George Pollard
Jan Duggan Mrs. Winthrop
Beryl Mercer Queen Victoria
Tyler Brooke Singer
Claire Du Brey Landlady
Dick Elliott Man Who Laughs
Edmund Elton Banker
Mary Field Piano Player
George Guhl Mr. Winthrop
Otto Hoffman Pawnbroker
Warren Jackson Singer
Jack Kelly Banker's Son
Dave Morris Telegrapher
John Spacey Sir John Cowell
Landers Stevens Manager of North Eastern Telephone Exchange
Charles Tannen Clerk of Court
Zeffie Tilbury Mrs. Sanders
Harry Tyler Doc Elliott
William Wagner Bit
Jack Walsh James J. Starrow
Lillian West Nurse
Georgiana Young Berta Hubbard
Ralph M. Remley D'Arcy

Technical Credits
Irving Cummings Director
Ray Harris Original Story
Kenneth MacGowan Associate Producer
Royer Costumes/Costume Designer
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Louis Silvers Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Thompson Editor
Lamar Trotti Screenwriter
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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