Edward, My Son

Overview

Businessman Spencer Tracy is devoted beyond all reason to his son Edward. Tracy lies, cheats, steals, commits arson, and drives two people to suicide in order to smooth Edward's path in life. The boy repays this loyalty by becoming an ungrateful wastrel, who fathers a child out of wedlock and ends up killing himself. After serving a prison sentence for his crimes, Tracy tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered life by searching for Edward's child. Based on the play by Robert Morley and Noel Langley, Edward My...
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Overview

Businessman Spencer Tracy is devoted beyond all reason to his son Edward. Tracy lies, cheats, steals, commits arson, and drives two people to suicide in order to smooth Edward's path in life. The boy repays this loyalty by becoming an ungrateful wastrel, who fathers a child out of wedlock and ends up killing himself. After serving a prison sentence for his crimes, Tracy tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered life by searching for Edward's child. Based on the play by Robert Morley and Noel Langley, Edward My Son unsuccessfully retains the play's devices of never showing Edward and of having Spencer Tracy speak directly to the audience.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Edward, My Son is a peculiar but powerful examination of selfishness and obsession. While the movie sometimes betrays its stage origins, and while it may come across as structurally a little too pat for modern audiences, it nonetheless is a compelling experience that packs a sizeable emotional punch. Spencer Tracy plays against type as Arnold Boult. While there are several moments when Tracy displays the unique affable charm with which moviegoers are familiar, the charm doesn't ring true; it's a façade to disguise the ruthless machinations Boult is forever putting in place. Unfortunately, Tracy doesn't seem totally comfortable with the unpleasant aspects of his character. He pulls it off, but the effort shows and he's never as convincing as an actor of an innately darker character would be. This negates a bit of the film's impact, but does not damage it fatally. As his wife, Deborah Kerr gives a stunning, shattering performance. Her progression from loving wife to miserable, embittered alcoholic is wrenching, painful and totally believable. Mervyn Johns is touching and affecting as Tracy's business partner, and Ian Hunter is solid as Tracy's friend with unexpressed feelings for Kerr. George Cukor's direction is generally spot on, although the device of Tracy directly addressing the camera does not always come off. Though it has its flaws, overall Edward, My Son is gripping, memorable and affecting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2011
  • UPC: 883316402689
  • Original Release: 1949
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,965

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Arnold Boult
Deborah Kerr Evelyn Boult
Ian Hunter Dr. Larry Woodhope
James Donald Bronton
Mervyn Johns Harry Simpkin
Leucen MacGrath Eileen Perrin
Harriette Johns Phyllis Mayden
Felix Aylmer Mr. Hanray
Walter Fitzgerald Mr. Kedner
Ernest Jay Walter Prothin
Colin Gordon Ellerby
Julian D'Albie Summers
Clement McCallin Sgt. Kenyon
Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Tom Howard Special Effects
Alfred Junge Art Director
Edwin H. Knopf Producer
Noel Langley Screenwriter
Robert Morley Screenwriter
Ray Poulton Editor
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Sir Malcolm Sargent Musical Direction/Supervision
Donald Ogden Stewart Screenwriter
John Wooldridge Score Composer
Freddie Young Cinematographer
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