“Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to address you this evening — though I am in Boston, and you are in Salem.”
… whose romance with a beautiful lass (Young):
… is picture perfect (other than the pesky need for him to actually make some money in order to marry her); touching scenes of children and adults impacted by Bell’s work, including a cherub-cheeked deaf boy (Bobby Watson) who learns to communicate with his father (Gene Lockhart) for the first time, thanks to Bell’s pioneering work with Visible Speech:
… droll humor in the form of Bell’s sidekick (Fonda), who repeatedly points out the need to eat every once in a while:
… and a final court case:
… in which Bell successfully defends the veracity of his patent against a would-be usurper (Western Union) by agreeing to share a deeply personal letter written to his beloved. Unfortunately, the too-neat storyline fails to elicit as much interest in this astonishingly prolific scientist as the subject matter should warrant, and Young is simply sappy as his all-adoring partner.
This flick will primarily be of interest to those who enjoy early Hollywood biopics.
Note: Hardworking Bell was brilliant beyond what he’s best known for. According to Wikipedia:
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: