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My Brother Jonathan (1948)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 29 June 1949 (USA)
Dr. Jonathan Dakers, in flashback, tells his son Tony, Word War II veteran, about his life dating from the 1900s. As a medical student, he meets Edeie at a cricket match but doesn't see her... See full summary »

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Michael Denison ...
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Ronald Howard ...
Stephen Murray ...
Dr. Craig
Mary Clare ...
Mrs. Dakers
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Dr. Hammond
Beatrice Campbell ...
Edie Martyn
Arthur Young ...
Sir Joseph Higgins
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Eugene Dakers
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Tom Morse
Pete Murray ...
Tony Dakers (as Peter Murray)
Jessica Spencer ...
Connie
Stuart Lindsell ...
Mr. Martyn
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Mrs. Martyn
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Dr. Jonathan Dakers, in flashback, tells his son Tony, Word War II veteran, about his life dating from the 1900s. As a medical student, he meets Edeie at a cricket match but doesn't see her again until years later, when he proposes. Before they can marry, Jonathan's father dies, and he abandons his career so his brother Harold can stay in college. Jonathan is sharing a practice with Doctor, and falls in love with Craig's daughter, Rachel. Complications arise with Edie's engagement to Harold, Harold death in World War I, and, then, Jonathan's marriage to Edie because she is bearing his dead-brother's child. Edie dies in childbirth, Jonathan promises he will consider Tony as his own son, and Jonathan and Rachel get married. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Rachel Hammond quotes from Houseman's A Shropshire Lad number XXI In Summertime on Bredon: "Here of a Sunday morning / My love and I would lie / And see the coloured counties / And hear the larks so high / About us in the sky." See more »

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Jonathan Dakers: What they really wanted was something I could never give them in a bottle - sunshine, decent houses and good wholesome food.
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Strangely likable
26 February 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

My Brother Jonathan is a product of its time with a trite moralistic story and somewhat cardboard main characters. However there is a liveliness to the film that makes it enjoyable. The story moves forward briskly, the dialogue is crisp and there is a range of well-acted minor characters. On the other hand the direction is painfully inept. Characters squash up together in an awkward way to fit into the shot, and often the physical action is somewhat out of kilter with the dialogue.I had to laugh when a character having knocked at the door is told to"come in" and replies "I'm already in"! I wonder if that was an adlib because this sort of thing happens throughout the film. While watching I never lost the awareness that there were some hamfisted aspects to the film, but I still enjoyed it. British character actors are to the fore and they deliver with verve and conviction. I'd rate the lead,Michael Denison, as one of the weakest. He has an irritating fatuous smile throughout and altogether appears to be somewhat of a stuffed shirt, but is still acceptable as a "good guy". I guess it is plausible that some of the best people among us are not the ones with wit and charm.


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