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All My Sons
     

All My Sons

Director: Irving G. Reis

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Burt Lancaster, Mady Christians

 

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Based on the play by Arthur Miller, All My Sons is a drama of man's duty to man that retains a potent impact. Edward G. Robinson plays a manufacturer of parts for World War II airplanes who lives a full, satisfied life in a small town. But his idyll is shattered by the arrival of the fiancée of the manufacturer's oldest son, who is missing in action. The

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Based on the play by Arthur Miller, All My Sons is a drama of man's duty to man that retains a potent impact. Edward G. Robinson plays a manufacturer of parts for World War II airplanes who lives a full, satisfied life in a small town. But his idyll is shattered by the arrival of the fiancée of the manufacturer's oldest son, who is missing in action. The younger son begins to fall in love with the girl, but her own brother is against the relationship because, he claims, the manufacturer and his partner delivered defective parts to the war effort. The younger son (Burt Lancaster) investigates, even going as far as visit his father's former partner in jail, and discovers the awful truth -- that his father's corrupt actions were responsible for both the partner's incarceration and the deaths of 21 U.S. pilots. The tale ends with a bitter and tragic confrontation that drives home the message that we are all our brother's keepers, and we cannot push aside that responsibility for personal gain. Thoughtful and intense performances by Robinson and Lancaster bring humanity and life to this powerful theme.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
It's unfortunate that Irving G. Reis, rather than Elia Kazan, who had directed the play on Broadway, was chosen to film Arthur Miller's award-winning social drama. Certainly the latter would have improved on the film's plodding visual qualities, and goosed some of the performances. The Ibsenite theme of family and community tarnished by a corrupt defense contractor was probably more deeply unsettling to an audience in the triumphal post-WWII period than it now seems, and the patches of Odets-like rhetoric that Miller would strip from his mature style can sound like so much hot air, but overall, the writing that established the playwright's reputation has an enduring resonance. Edward G. Robinson dominates the film as the robust, back-slapping contractor, who has almost convinced himself that he's done nothing wrong, when his imprisoned partner's son and daughter come to visit. In one of these early, seemingly innocuous scenes, Miller hints that Robinson's neighbors are aware that he's put something over on the legal system and admire him all the more for it, a surprisingly subversive bit of foreshadowing for the time. But when the veteran actor is offscreen the film seems lifeless, and the earnest scenes between Burt Lancaster, as the frustrated, conscience-stricken son, and Louisa Horton as his lover, seem particularly dated. In its big moments, though, the film delivers, and Robinson's anguished recognition of his guilt can stand with the best work of his career. Miller's insight into the destructively delusional aspect of the desire for a competitive edge is as pointed as ever.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2015
UPC:
0025192262906
Original Release:
1948
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
115

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Joe Keller
Burt Lancaster Chris Keller
Mady Christians Kate Keller
Howard Duff George Deever
Frank Conroy Herbert Deever
Louisa Horton Ann Deever
Arlene Francis Sue Bayliss
Lloyd Gough Jim Bayliss
Henry Morgan Frank Lubey
Elisabeth Fraser Lydia Lubey
Herbert Haywood McGraw
Richard La Marr Workman
Helen Brown Mrs. Hamilton
Pat Flaherty Bartender
Jack Gargan Workman
Jerry Hausner Halliday
William Johnstone Attorney
Joe Kerr Norton
Frank Kreig Foreman
Therese Lyon Minnie
Charles Meredith Ellsworth
Al Murphy Tom
George Slocum Attendant
Walter Soderling Charles
George Sorel Headwaiter
Herb Vigran Wertheimer
Victor Zimmerman Attendant
Harry Harvey Judge
William H. Ruhl Ed

Technical Credits
Irving G. Reis Director
Hilyard M. Brown Art Director
Ralph Dawson Editor
Chester Erskine Producer,Screenwriter
Al Fields Set Decoration/Design
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
David S. Horsley Special Effects
Grace Houston Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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