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Edward, My Son (1949)

 |  Drama  |  June 1949 (USA)
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Arnold Boult is determined to make his son a success at all costs. He commits arson, causes two suicides, and bribes people. His wife, unable to leave him, becomes alcoholic and dies. His ... See full summary »

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Arnold Boult is determined to make his son a success at all costs. He commits arson, causes two suicides, and bribes people. His wife, unable to leave him, becomes alcoholic and dies. His son is killed. After doing time in prison he searches for his illegitimate grandson. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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unusual and worthwhile
9 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This 1949 film version of a Broadway play is one of the more unusual films on the resumes of its director (George Cukor) and its leading man (Spencer Tracy). Gone is the romantic gloss that characterized much of Cukor's work; gone certainly is the amiable, down-to-earth good guy that Tracy portrayed better than anybody else. Here, Tracy portrays a ruthless businessman whose ambition and machinations are couched in his devotion to his son (whom, in an interesting touch, we never actually see). Anyone who gets in his way--including his son's mother (Deborah Kerr)--is bought off or thrown to the wolves. Filmed entirely in England rather than on the MGM backlot, the movie is altogether grittier and harsher than one would expect from a studio film of that era. While I applaud him for trying something different, Tracy is in fact not particularly impressive here--being the only American in the cast, he sticks out badly and is uncharacteristically stiff. Kerr, however, is superb--changing from a devoted young wife and mother to a broken, hopeless alcoholic. She must have only been in her twenties at the time, but seldom have I seen an actress "age" more convincingly (or heartbreakingly, for that matter).


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