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My Brother Jonathan (1948)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 29 June 1949 (USA)
Doctor Jonathan Dakers in flashback tells his son Tony - a World War II veteran, about his life dating from the 1900s. Whilst amedical student he meets and falls for Edie. Before they can ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Denison ...
Ronald Howard ...
Harold Dakers
Dr. Craig
Dr. Hammond
Beatrice Campbell ...
Arthur Young ...
Sir Joseph Higgins
Eugene Dakers (as J. Robertson-Justice)
Tom Morse
Pete Murray ...
Tony Dakers (as Peter Murray)
Stuart Lindsell ...
Mr. Martyn (as R. Stuart Lindsell)
Mrs. Martyn


Doctor Jonathan Dakers in flashback tells his son Tony - a World War II veteran, about his life dating from the 1900s. Whilst amedical student he meets and falls for Edie. Before they can marry Jonathan's father dies and he sacrifices his furthur career so his brother Harold can stay in college. When Jonathan is delayed from reuniting with Edie years later Harold and Edie fall in love during his absence. Complications arise with Edie's engagement to Harold when he is killed in World War I while Edie is carrying his child. Edie dies in childbirth and Jonathan promises to raise the child, Tony, as his own son, and Jonathan and Rachel get married. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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29 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bátyám, Jonathán  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A quality film
19 January 2008 | by 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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