GenreBiography, Drama, History Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateApril 14, 1939 (1939-04-14) WriterRay Harris (story), Lamar Trotti (screenplay) ProducersDarryl F. Zanuck, Kenneth Macgowan CastDon Ameche (Alexander Graham Bell), Loretta Young (Mrs. Mabel Hubbard Bell), Henry Fonda (Thomas Watson), Charles Coburn (Gardner Hubbard), Gene Lockhart (Thomas Sanders), Spring Byington (Mrs. Hubbard) Similar moviesDallas Buyers Club, The 33, Goodfellas, Foxcatcher, Princess Kaiulani, The Wolf of Wall Street
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The story of alexander graham bell 1939
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell is a somewhat fictionalized 1939 biographical film of the famous inventor. It was filmed in black-and-white and released by Twentieth Century-Fox. The film stars Don Ameche as Bell and Loretta Young as Mabel, his wife, who contracted scarlet fever at an early age and became deaf.
Premiere of the story of alexander graham bell 1939
The first half of the film concentrates on the hero's romantic, financial, and scientific struggles, starting in 1873. Most scenes are set in Boston and vicinity; a few late scenes are in London.
Henry Fonda is notable in a supporting role as the “Mr. Watson” who hears the first words ever spoken over the telephone. In a pivotal scene, Bell (Don Ameche), while working on the telephone, accidentally spills acid onto his lap and shouts in pain, “Mr. Watson, come here! I want you!”. Watson, barely able to contain his own excitement, rushes into the room and stammers out the news that he heard Bell calling out to him over the telephone receiver. Bell has Watson repeat his own words to him to confirm it, and the two men begin hopping around the room, with Watson yelling out a war whoop.
The last part depicts the legal struggle against Western Union over patent priority in the invention of the telephone, ending with a courtroom victory. The final scene has the hero contemplating manned flight, under his wife's adoring gaze.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: