Movie Still Showing Spencer Tracy in "Edison the Man," 1940

Summary

The 1940 MGM film, "Edison the Man," starred Spencer Tracy, but Edison's Menlo Park laboratory played a supporting role. The 1870s laboratory -- where Edison made many of his famous discoveries -- had been moved to Henry Ford's Greenfield Village in the late 1920s. With documentation provided by Greenfield Village staff, MGM built an impressive full-sized movie set of the laboratory in California.

The 1940 MGM film, "Edison the Man," starred Spencer Tracy, but Edison's Menlo Park laboratory played a supporting role. The 1870s laboratory -- where Edison made many of his famous discoveries -- had been moved to Henry Ford's Greenfield Village in the late 1920s. With documentation provided by Greenfield Village staff, MGM built an impressive full-sized movie set of the laboratory in California.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 8.188 in

Width: 10.163 in

Inscriptions

Printed on back: LONG HOURS FOR AN INVENTOR..Thomas Edison (Spencer Tracy) / works on in his laboratory by night, long after he has sent / his men home to bed. In this scene for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's / "Edison, the Man," he is studying electricity from a static / machine by which Leyden jars are charged. This is during the / time when the inventor is first trying to solve the problem / of the electric lamp. (Note: The laboratory shown here is / duplicated to the minutest detail from the actual Menlo Park / laboratory Edison had).

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