My Son John

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Wholesome American husband and wife Dan (Dean Jagger) and Lucille (Helen Hayes) are disgusted when their son, John (Robert Walker), a government worker, begins exhibiting pro-Communist tendencies. Despite his parents' interrogations -- and the intervention of a government worker who tells the couple their son is an undercover spy -- John maintains his innocence, but it soon becomes clear that he is lying. John eventually has a change of heart about his unpatriotic deeds, but it may be too late.

Cast

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
Gail Bonney
as Jail Matron
William McLean
as Parcel Post Man
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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Audience Reviews for My Son John

  • Nov 18, 2010
    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.
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