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Adam Had Four Sons (1941)

aka Adam Had Four Sons

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Details: 81 mins · English

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Plot:

Warner Baxter portrays the wealthy, easy-going patriarch of a family that falls on hard times after the death of his wife and a stock market crash that wipes out his wealth. Recently arrived governess Emilie (played by Bergman) works to keep the family together. But with the loss of Adam Stoddards fortune the boys are off to a boarding school financed by a wealthy cousin, and Emilie must return to France until Adam (played by Baxter) can afford to repurchase the family estate and recall Emilie to look after it. Reversing his fortunes takes several years. The three older boys are in the service for World War One; Then, just as everything is getting back to the former status...

One son returns with his new wife, Hester, (played by Hayward), who turns out be a conniving, evil woman who wants to rule the roost. She schemes to rid the home of Emilie, while she seduces another son, Jack, when her husband is at war. Emilie discovers the affair, but keeps quiet to preserve Adam's happiness and the brother's reputation, pretending to Adam that she was the one involved with Jack.

Ultimately, all is discovered, and Hester receives her comeuppance and is evicted from the home. Emilie and Adam become engaged and all ends happily.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2004-01-06