1 user

Man of Conflict (1953)

Approved | | Drama | 4 November 1953 (USA)
Young man comes home to get ready to take over the family company, only to find that his father has been corrupted by power. In addition, he falls for the daughter of one of his father's ... See full summary »





Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A rich but miserly old man taunts his relatives about who will get his money when he dies, and is soon mysteriously murdered. It turns out that he has left his estate to a beautiful young ... See full summary »

Director: John Harlow
Stars: Eliot Makeham, Beatrix Lehmann, John Salew
Black Orchid (1953)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A doctor's ex-wife dies of nicotine poison.

Director: Charles Saunders
Stars: Ronald Howard, Olga Edwardes, John Bentley
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An older doctor in a rural area takes on a younger physician as his partner. When the older doctor's wife is found murdered, the man becomes the chief suspect, especially when he suddenly ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Saunders
Stars: Patrick Barr, Jane Baxter, Julie Somers
Mr. Emmanuel (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An elderly Jew travels from Britain to pre-war Nazi Germany to find out what's really going on.

Director: Harold French
Stars: Felix Aylmer, Greta Gynt, Walter Rilla
The Pretender (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress,Claire Worthington ('Catherine Craig (I)' Qv)) to safeguard his position. He arranges ... See full summary »

Director: W. Lee Wilder
Stars: Albert Dekker, Catherine Craig, Charles Drake
Frenzy (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A seance is held to discover the whereabouts, and the killer, of a sculptor's wife.

Director: Vernon Sewell
Stars: Derrick De Marney, Frederick Valk, Beresford Egan
Magic Town (1947)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An opinion pollster finds a town which is a perfect mirror of U.S. opinions.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: James Stewart, Jane Wyman, Kent Smith
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Writer Georges Duroy (George Sanders) is one social-climbing S.O.B. who does most of his climbing over the warm (and cold) bodies of women. He begins with Rachel (Marie Wilson), a hanger-on... See full summary »

Director: Albert Lewin
Stars: George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, Ann Dvorak
Counterblast (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An escaped World War 2 Nazi doctor, impersonates a murdered English doctor so he can work on a vaccination to protect the Germans in their planned germ warfare.

Director: Paul L. Stein
Stars: Robert Beatty, Mervyn Johns, Nova Pilbeam
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

Director: Joe May
Stars: George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Charles Saunders
Stars: Paul Carpenter, Diane Hart, Jill Adams
Daybreak (1948)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A hangman conceals his true identity when he falls in love, and sets up home with his girl on a barge in the river Thames. Tragedy strikes when the hangman's assistant tries to seduce his ... See full summary »

Director: Compton Bennett
Stars: Ann Todd, Eric Portman, Maxwell Reed


Cast overview, first billed only:
J.R. Compton
Ray Compton
Susan Morrow ...
Jane Jenks
Fay Roope ...
Ed Jenks
Mr. Evans
Dorothy Patrick ...
Betty Coughlin
Robert Carson ...
Union Representative
Mr. Murdock
Miss Garner
Richard Reeves ...
Thug Driving Car
Jerry Burns ...
Second Thug
Leslie K. O'Pace ...
John Pettit ...
Company Spy
Night Watchman


Young man comes home to get ready to take over the family company, only to find that his father has been corrupted by power. In addition, he falls for the daughter of one of his father's poverty-stricken workers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

family company | See All (1) »


A DARING STORY OF LOVE AND INTRIGUE! (original print ad - all caps)








Release Date:

4 November 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Dad, J.R.  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not one of Edward Arnold's better pictures, but entertaining
22 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I purchased this movie on VHS from Moviesunlimited.com a while back and just got around t watching it today. I'm a big fan of Mr. Arnold's and have seen most of his movies. I've seen good ones, I've seen bad ones...this one is around the middle.

It is an independent film he made in 1953. (He didn't make many movies after 1950.) Anyway, the story is about a machine magnate named J.r. Compton (Arnold), who takes his son Ray (Agar) into the family business after he graduates from college. His plan is for Ray to take over the firm. As the two drive up to the company we get a glimpse of Compton's mercurial behavior. In the first five minutes of the film he fires an employee (John Hamilton) that has been with him for not having the sign on the building changed to read "Compton and Son". He reinforces the point of the firing by taking a sword off the wall and slices a trash bin in two with it. He then shows Ray where the employees live. (It seems everyone in the town works for Arnold's company an he provides housing.) They are only allowed to grow petunias in front of their homes and if they don't like it, they can find another job. (Fat chance at that!) Compton Sr. even has the "right" girl for his son to marry: a frosty blonde whose father is also wealthy.

Compton, Jr. decides that he wants to learn the job from the ground up and chooses to work in the factory. The foreman is willing to help him until he learns that he's J.R.'s son and gives him the cold shoulder, thinking the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. As they are working, he frostily warns him to put on protective glasses. He doesn't and injures his eye. J.R. fires the foreman and gets his friend the banker to fire the foreman's daughter (Susan Morrow). Ray gets wind of it and forces his father to rehire the foreman, which he does, albeit reluctantly.

One night Ray gets beat up by two thugs. Compton, Sr. feels it is in retaliation for firing the foreman. He tells the staff on loudspeaker that unless they give up who it was that beat up his son, he will fire ten men for each day they are silent. Once again Ray gets wind of this and stops his father's megalomania.

In the meantime, Ray dumps Princess Frosty Locks and begins seeing Morrow. They fall in love and he asks her to marry him. She urns him down, saying she is from the wrong side of the tracks. he refuses t take no for an answer and they plan to marry.

In the meantime, the company wants to unionize and Ray is all for it, J.r. gets wind of it and confronts his son. A fight ensues and J.R makes disparaging remarks about ray's deceased mother and tries to attack him with a fireplace poker. Ray escapes and leaves J.R. sobbing in front of the portrait of his late wife over the fireplace.

Later that night, J.R. goes to the factory and makes a piece of machinery from some blueprints. By doing this menial task, he realizes hat he has lost sight of what it means to be humble and caring. He then changes his ways and approves of his son's marriage, giving her a necklace that had belonged to his late wife, Ray's mother. He also gives ray the do hickey he made in the machine shop, under glass, so that he will never lose sight of how to treat people, like he once had. Oh yea, and they found the two guys that beat up Ray...they were two troublemakers who didn't even work for J.R.'s company.

The one thing I found annoying about this film was the blaring music behind the soundtrack. At times, it was so loud, it distracted me from what the characters were saying.

Still, I would give this movie a five, only because Edward Arnold can make any crap movie enjoyable, even though there were times he chewed up the scenery.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: