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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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Dan Jefferson
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John Jefferson
Minor Watson ...
Dr. Carver
Frank McHugh ...
Father O'Dowd
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Chuck Jefferson
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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 ...
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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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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 27, 1952 with Dean Jagger reprising his film role. See more »

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Why is this film out of circulation?
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I would LOVE to see My Son John, if only to see the two wonderful actors Van Heflin and Robert Walker.

The 'mystery' surrounding the film appears to be the tragic and sudden death of Walker during the filming and how McCarey could complete and process this story.It would make sense that the other actors were affected by this and this perhaps is why the film takes on a different quality.

I have not seen it listed anywhere except for the list of films made by the actors. I have never known either Heflin or Walker to give a bad performance. The tone and story of the film may have been unusual for its time, but there have been many films that have re-surfaced after thought being lost or banned or bad.

I do indeed hope to see it at some point on TCM.


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