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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
James Hayter ...
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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Mrs. Dakers: This terrible war. If only they'd listened to your father it wouldn't have happened. He always said the Germans were a menace to peace... or was it the French?
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A quality film
19 January 2008 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

Although not surprising in its plot this film is well made and acted. (With fine film score too) The story is told mainly in flashback by Jonathan Dakers,an ageing doctor to his son who has just come back from war. The old doctor talks about his relationships and also his medical career and how they intertwined. It is the kind of film almost impossible to make these days as it is a story of a decent man who does decent things. Films about ordinary people and their ordinary goodness are difficult to make without being dull or worthy but this film pulls it off.

The acting is solid. You can believe in the idealism of Michael Denison's character. Sterling support is given by Dulcie Gray, Finlay Curry, Ronald Howard, Mary Clare and Stephen Murray. James Robertson Justice appears too briefly though.

There are many good scenes in the film; the boys cricket match, the hospital emergency meeting, the new years eve party. There is an excellent scene where Dr Dakers performs a tracheotomy on a boy. No music in the background, just the laboured breathing of the boy. There is also a touching scene on a hill (shot on location) with Denison and Gray where she quotes AE Houseman, where you can tell they are in love even without them uttering it. Such subtle film making has long gone in British films.


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