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Yudit Lang 5 years ago
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell is a somewhat fictionalized 1939 screen biography of the famous inventor of the telephone. 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. Henry Fonda is notable in a supporting role as the "Mr. Watson" who hears the first words ever spoken over the telephone. In one of the film's best-remembered scene, Bell, 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 Native American war whoop. That scene of jubilation was likely based on...
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