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My Son John (1952)

My Son John




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This drama chronicles the attempts of two All-American parents to save their son from the temptations of communism. Unfortunately, they are too late. The arrogant and intellectual young man, a worker in a federal agency, returns home from a long absence spouting pro-Ruskie doctrine.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Myles Connolly, John Lee Mahin, Leo McCarey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2012
Paramount Pictures

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Helen Hayes
as Lucille Jefferson
Van Heflin
as Stedman of the FBI
Robert Walker
as John Jefferson
Dean Jagger
as Dan Jefferson
Minor Watson
as Dr. Carver
Frank McHugh
as Fr. O'Dowd
Richard Jaeckel
as Chuck Jefferson
James Young
as Ben Jefferson
Todd Karns
as Bedford
Frances Morris
as Secretary
Douglas Evans
as Government Employee
William McLean
as Parcel Post Man
Gail Bonney
as Jail Matron
Irene Winston
as Ruth Carlin
David Newell
as FBI Agent
Erskine Sanford
as Professor
David Bond
as College Professor
Eghiche Harout
as College Professor
Jimmie Dundee
as Taxi Driver
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All Critics (5)

Paranoiac emotionally overwrought Red Menace drama.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The movie is swathed in very thoughtful shades of gray almost throughout.

Full Review… | August 29, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

Leo McCarey's sociopolitical hysterectomy finally hits home video in a Blu-ray that appears downright ashamed of its contents.

Full Review… | August 21, 2012
Slant Magazine

Leo McCarey (better known for his screwball comedies) has made an agit-prop, an overtly political film that reflects the fear and paranoia generated by McCarthy in the 1950s.

Full Review… | April 15, 2011

Robin Wood has written about how McCarey loves romantic couples but seems to loathe families, and this point is borne out most harrowingly in My Son John, the skeleton film in his closet, and one of the most personally revealing.

Full Review… | February 23, 2011
House Next Door

Audience Reviews for My Son John


Somewhat paranoic drama looking at the perceived communist threat in the 40's and 50's. Overwrought in both direction and performance-Helen Hayes in particular seems on the very verge throughtout the film. Walker died suddenly during the making of the film and his performance was completed by cobbling together outtakes from Strangers on a Train and the use of a stand-in in some scenes, it's easy to pick out most of the those where this was done and it cast an odd pall over the picture. A strange experience.

jay nixon

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