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My Son, My Son! (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 22 March 1940 (USA)
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:
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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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Nellie (Moscrop) Essex
Sophie Stewart ...
Sheila O'Riorden
Bruce Lester ...
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Oliver as a Child
Brenda Henderson ...
Maeve as a Child
Teddy Moorwood ...
Rory as a Child
May Beatty ...
Annie
Stanley Logan ...
The Colonel
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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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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

Leyland Hodgson and C. Montague Shaw are listed as cast members by a modern source, but they were not seen in the movie See more »

Connections

Referenced in Let's Go to the Movies (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

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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father & son melodramatics
17 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I gave this a "7" mainly on the strength of Louis Hayward's performance. I did not catch the beginning credits and so spent the whole picture wondering who young Essex was. I thought it was a young Dirk Bogarde! As noted before, Laraine Day (again a surprise) was miscast, although very pretty indeed. here she was an English girl, daughter of Irish parents, yet with an American accent. Day had a busy year in '40, having a leading lady role in "foreign correspondent". henry hull, as her father, was quite recognizable. Surprisingly, I thought the normally beauteous Madeline Carroll was a bit heavy, and older looking. well, her role did call for her to be a more mature woman, both as a counter-point to young Essex and mature for the older Essex. I don't know anyone who could be more fitting as the young rotter Essex, with Hayward's patented smirk and sarcastic voice. Brent was a study in naivete and at times seemed a bit bewildered how he should act in certain scenes. the movie must have been hard for the Brits to be really interested, what with WW11 already started and this movie's time period being up to and during WW1. Perhaps its production started before sept. '39.


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