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My Son John

My Son John (1952)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1952 Wide

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Filled with the kind of Red Scare propaganda that must have delighted members of McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee, 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 and deriding the beliefs of capitalism and US at every opportunity. Enraged at his

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Paranoiac emotionally overwrought Red Menace drama.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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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.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: House Next Door
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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.
January 19, 2011
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