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Adam Had Four Sons

Adam Had Four Sons
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Italian poster for the film.
Directed by Gregory Ratoff
Produced by Robert E. Sherwood
Written by Charles Bonner
William Hurlbut
Michael Blankfort
Starring Ingrid Bergman
Warner Baxter
Susan Hayward
Fay Wray
Music by W. Franke Harling
Rudy Schrager
Cinematography J. Peverell Marley
Edited by Francis D. Lyon
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
February 18, 1941
Running time
81 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $488,000 est.

Adam Had Four Sons is a 1941 drama and romance film, starring Ingrid Bergman, Warner Baxter, and Susan Hayward.


Adam Stoddard (Baxter) is a wealthy, easy-going family patriarch who falls on hard times after the death of his wife and a stock market crash that wipes out his wealth. Recently arrived governess Emilie (Bergman) works to keep the family together. But with the loss of Adam's fortune the boys are sent off to boarding school, their schooling paid for by a wealthy cousin. Emilie must return to France until Adam can afford to repurchase the family estate and recall her to look after it. Reversing his fortunes takes Adam several years. By then, the three older boys are fighting in World War II. Then, just as the family is getting back to its former way of life...

One son returns with his new wife, Hester (Hayward), who turns out be a conniving, evil woman wanting to rule the roost. She schemes to rid the home of Emilie, and seduces another son, Jack, while her husband is away 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.


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