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My Son, My Son! (1940)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  22 March 1940 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Carroll ...
Livia Vaynol
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William Essex
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Oliver Essex
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Maeve O'Riorden
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Josephine Hutchinson ...
Nellie Moscrop Essex
Sophie Stewart ...
Sheila O'Riorden
Bruce Lester ...
Scotty Beckett ...
Oliver as a Child
Brenda Henderson ...
Maeve as a Child
Teddy Moorwood ...
Rory as a Child
May Beatty ...
Annie
Stanley Logan ...
The Colonel
Lionel Belmore ...
Mr. Moscrop
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Mulvaney
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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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22 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Irrwege des Oliver Essex  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Originally cast as "Oliver as a Child," Darryl Hickman became too ill to continue after ten days into the production, and was replaced by 'Scotty Beckett (I)'. See more »

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Referenced in You'll Find Out (1940) See more »

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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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Unabsorbing sage of father's devotion to a rotter of a son

Brian Aherne gives his son all he never had and turns the little rotter into a spoiled, lying cad. Louis Hayward plays the son effectively. This goes on seemingly forever and is not at all interesting, in either plot development or character development. We can't sympathize with Aherne because he's so blind to his son's true character and we can't like Hayward. It did deservedly cop an Oscar nom for Art Direction, but that's about its only asset. The son's sudden conversion in the end is totally unbelievable. Without audience interest or involvement this becomes an unqualified bore. Not worth your trouble.


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