Edison, the Man (1940): MGM Biopic Starring Spencer Tracy

MGM’s biopic stars Spencer Tracy as the pioneering visionary, depicting his rise from poverty, various struggles and then scientific breakthrough.

Earlier, Mickey Rooney played Edison in MGM’s “Young Tom Edison.”

Both biopics are routine, sentimental and full of clichés.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Original Story: Hugo Butler and Dore Schary

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The writing Oscar was given to Benjamin Glazer and John S. Toldy for “Arise, My Love.”