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My Son, My Son! (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 22 March 1940 (USA)
A self-made success is determined to give his son the lavish upbringing he himself was denied. Not surprisingly, the son grows up to be spoiled rotten, causing grief and pain to everyone who loves him.

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Howard Spring (novel), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Carroll ... Livia Vaynol
Brian Aherne ... William Essex
Louis Hayward ... Oliver Essex
Laraine Day ... Maeve O'Riorden
Henry Hull ... Dermot O'Riorden
Josephine Hutchinson ... Nellie (Moscrop) Essex
Sophie Stewart Sophie Stewart ... Sheila O'Riorden
Bruce Lester ... Rory O'Riorden
Scotty Beckett ... Oliver as a Child
Brenda Henderson Brenda Henderson ... Maeve as a Child
Teddy Moorwood Teddy Moorwood ... Rory as a Child
May Beatty ... Annie
Stanley Logan Stanley Logan ... The Colonel
Lionel Belmore ... Mr. Moscrop
Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Mulvaney
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Storyline

A self-made success is determined to give his son the lavish upbringing he himself was denied. Not surprisingly, the son grows up to be spoiled rotten, causing grief and pain to everyone who loves him.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Irrwege des Oliver Essex See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Laraine Day replaced Frances Dee, who had collapsed on set. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Let's Go to the Movies (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
(1912) (uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Played by the band at the train station
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The tale of a spoiled brat.
4 November 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The plot for "My Son, My Son!" is very similar to one of Spencer Tracy's best and most underrated films, "Edward, My Son". Both are about self-made men who make the mistake of spoiling their sons...and ultimately pay the price when the boy grows into a self-destructive sociopath. I recommend both...though the Tracy one is the better of the two films.

Brian Ahern plays William Essex, a guy who comes from humble origins but who strives to work his way up out of the streets. Instead of following in his family's footsteps, he becomes a successful writer and his future appears grand. Along the way, he gets married and has a son who he adores and spoils. When his wife is unexpectedly killed, the one controlling influence on the boy is gone. What's next?

Unlike "Edward, My Son", this film emphasizes a weird Oedipal relationship that eventually develops...which is interesting though not as realistic. And, unlike the other film, you see the son (Hayward)....and, oddly, you never actually see the son in the Tracy film.

Overall, this film is exceptionally well acted and is well worth your time. Its message about spoiling a child is a tad muddled...but fascinating. Well worth your time....but the Tracy film is more of a must-see for old movie buffs.


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