My Son, John

My Son, John

Director: Leo McCarey

Cast: Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Robert Walker

     
 

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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…  See more details below

Overview

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 son's mocking ways, he beans him with the family bible. Things get worse when an FBI agent shows up to tell the horrified parents that their son is an enemy spy. The mother blows a gasket and flies to Washington, DC where her son works to make him swear on the same book that the FBI agent is wrong. The son does so, but its a lie. The mother soon finds this out. She also learns that her treacherous son's girlfriend is a Commie. What's a mother to do? Fortunately, before it is too late, her son realizes the error of his ways and tries to double-cross his Pinko superiors. Unfortunately, it is too late and they shoot him and just before he gaspingly dies upon the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he tapes his final confession and gives American youth everywhere a potent message about honor. The star of the film, Walker, best remembered for his gripping portrayal of a psychopath in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, died before production finished and so scenes from that film were spliced into My Son, John.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2012
UPC:
0887090041805
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
52,301

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Hayes Lucille Jefferson
Van Heflin Stedman of the FBI
Robert Walker John Jefferson
Dean Jagger Dan Jefferson
Minor Watson Dr. Carvey
Frank McHugh Fr. O'Dowd
Richard Jaeckel Chuck Jefferson
David Bond Actor
Gail Bonney Jail Matron
Jimmie Dundee Taxi Driver
Douglas Evans Government Employee
Nancy Hale Nurse
Todd Karns Bedford
William McLean Parcel Post Man
Frances Morris Secretary
David Newell FBI Agent
Erskine Sanford Professor
Margaret Wells Nurse
Irene Winston Ruth Carlin
James Young Ben Jefferson
Eghiche Harout College Professor

Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Marvin J. Coil Editor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Myles Connolly Screenwriter
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer
William Flannery Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Gene Merritt Sound/Sound Designer
Hal Pereira Art Director
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Wally Westmore Makeup

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