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My Son John (1952)

 |  Drama  |  8 April 1952 (USA)
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The Jeffersons are the ideal picture-perfect all-American family of the McCarthy era, except that "son John" is gay, an atheist, and a liberal. The parents obviously suspect he's a Communist spy.

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Lucille Jefferson
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Stedman
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Dan Jefferson
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John Jefferson
Minor Watson ...
Dr. Carver
Frank McHugh ...
Father O'Dowd
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Chuck Jefferson
James Young ...
Ben Jefferson
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Boy (scenes deleted)
David Bond ...
College Professor (scenes deleted)
Gail Bonney ...
Jail Matron (scenes deleted)
Russ Conway ...
FBI Agent (scenes deleted)
Bill McLean ...
Parcel Post Man (scenes deleted)
Frances Morris ...
Secretary (scenes deleted)
Erskine Sanford ...
Professor (scenes deleted)
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John Jefferson comes home from a trip overseas a strangely changed man. His already nervous wreck of a mother is distraught by the way he seems to be feigning feelings for her and his father that he no longer has. Plus, his odd refusal to accompany the family to church on Sunday not only disturbs her but their priest as well. He also seems to be making fun of and smirking at his father's jubilant expressions of patriotism. His poor mother cannot imagine what could have caused such a change in her favorite son, who used to be loving and church-going and now seems remote from both. He also gets strange calls and goes off to strange "meetings" with no explanation. He is also being watched by an FBI agent who comes to the home and greatly disturbs John's mother with his odd questions about him. Eventually the horrible truth comes out: John is a Communist spy! No wonder he has no real feelings for his family and shuns the church he once loved!During a high-speed chase, John is killed, but ... Written by Michael Wisper

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Parts of the film were rewritten after actor Robert Walker (John Jefferson) died during production. Several scenes use a double shot from behind, and others recycle footage of Walker from Strangers on a Train (1951). The final scene, where a recording of John delivers an anti-communist speech, is lit with a halo around the tape-recorder. See more »

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Have people who rated this movie actually seen it?
19 July 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

People who were watching movies before the days of VCR might remember this one. As of July 17, 2004, 49 IMDb users had rated this film that's been unavailable anywhere except at special museum showings. As of February 18, 2009, 130 IMDb users have rated it. How many of them have actually seen MY SON JOHN(?) Any how many rated it based on its notoriety?

I'd like to hear from those people who've seen it. Recent or otherwise. Where did you see it?

You don't have to tell me how ridiculously bad it is. Some movies are just forgettably bad, but this is one nobody forgets. I've yet to talk to anyone who thought it was good, but I wouldn't mind hearing from anyone who feels that way.

I haven't cast a vote because I haven't seen it, but I sure would like to. Does anyone know where I can buy it on DVD?


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