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My Son, the Hero (1943)

Passed | | Comedy | 5 April 1943 (USA)
A broken down boxing promoter finds that his son has become a hero fighting in the pacific and is about to come home for a war bond tour. Trouble is, he's been lying about how successful ... See full summary »


Edgar G. Ulmer


Doris Malloy (original screenplay), Sam Newfield (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Patsy Kelly ... Gertie Rosenthal
Roscoe Karns ... Big-Time Percy Morgan
Joan Blair Joan Blair ... Cynthia Morgan
Carol Hughes ... Linda Slocum
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Kid Slug Rosenthal (as Maxie Rosenthal)
Luis Alberni ... Tony
Joseph Allen Joseph Allen ... Michael Morgan (as Joseph Allen Jr.)
Lois Collier ... Nancy Cavanaugh
Jeni Le Gon Jeni Le Gon ... Lambie (as Jenny Le Gon)
Nick Stewart Nick Stewart ... Nicodemus
Hal Price ... Fight Manager
Al St. John ... Gus the Night Clerk
Elvira Curci Elvira Curci ... Rositta (as Elvira Curcy)
Isabel La Mal Isabel La Mal ... Mrs. Olmstead (as Isabel La Mel)
Maxine Leslie Maxine Leslie ... Girl Reporter


A broken down boxing promoter finds that his son has become a hero fighting in the pacific and is about to come home for a war bond tour. Trouble is, he's been lying about how successful he's been for years. So he enlists his punchy fighter and his ex-wife to help him put on a fake show of opulence in a borrowed mansion. Written by WesternOne

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Release Date:

5 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi hijo, el héroe See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Atlantis Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in six days. See more »


Kid Slug Rosenthal: What a screwy picture!
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Praise Alpha Classic for putting this out this Ulmer treasure!
7 September 2006 | by andypiafSee all my reviews

In Edgar G. Ulmer's MY SON THE HERO, "Big Time" Percy Morgan (Roscoe Karns) is a down on his luck confidence man who lies and cheats his way out of every close scrape. He shares a SRO hotel room with punch-drunk boxer Kid Slug (Maxie Rosebloom) and colorful Italian immigrant Tony. Together, the trio bounce from scheme to scam always just one step ahead of their marks. As Big Time's gambling losses threaten to engulf him, a telegram arrives announcing that his war hero son Michael is coming to visit. Having lied to his son for years about his wealth and means, Big Time sets up a ruse wherein he "borrows" a mansion and gathers his makeshift family of fellow grifters to convince his son that he's not a bum.

MY SON THE HERO is a slapstick farce peopled with characters out of Damon Runyon and reminiscent of the drawling room comedies of Philip Barry. Stars Roscoe Karns, Maxie Rosebloom and Patsy Kelly (as Big Time's wiseacre Girl Friday, Gertie), give compelling comic performances infused with the real, poignant sadness of individuals who have lost their dignity in the hustle to make money. Linking his observational Berlin street film aesthetic with his talent for Yiddish Comedy, social commentary, and ethnic musical entertainments, director Edgar G. Ulmer delivers a World War II-era comedy of manners featuring his trademark fluid pans, long takes, busy tableaux, mirror shots and rapid fire dialogue.

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