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I Accuse My Parents (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 4 November 1944 (USA)
Young man goes to work for gangsters to impress his nightclub-singer girlfriend.

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writers:

Arthur Caesar (original story), Harry L. Fraser (screenplay) (as Harry Fraser) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Lowell Robert Lowell ... James Wilson
Mary Beth Hughes ... Kitty Reed
John Miljan ... Dan Wilson
Vivienne Osborne ... Mrs. Wilson
George Meeker ... Charles Blake
Edward Earle ... Judge
George Lloyd ... Al Frazier
Patricia Knox ... Vera Moore
Florence Johnson Florence Johnson ... Shirley Clark
Richard Bartell Richard Bartell ... Joe Holden
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Storyline

Ignored by his alcoholic parents, Jimmy Wilson starts hanging around with some shady characters. After falling in love with a lounge singer, Jimmy tries to impress her by doing jobs for her shady boss. After one of these jobs goes bad, Jimmy ends up on the run. Eventually, he must confront the truth, his past, and his parents. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Accuse My Past See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC) paid all costs to send this movie to troops fighting overseas in World War II. See more »

Goofs

At the shoe store, Jimmy's boss tells the police Jimmy's address is 465 Lindhurst Drive. Exterior shots of Jimmy's house clearly show the house number 219. See more »

Quotes

Judge: Before we go any farther, I urge you once again to speak... if there is anything you could say in your own defense.
James Wilson: Maybe I shouldn't say this your honor but I accuse my parents.
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Soundtracks

Love Came Between Us
Music and Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Performed by Mary Beth Hughes
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Sure, it's a bad film, but it's still highly entertaining.
11 July 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The fact that "I Accuse My Parents" is a bad film shouldn't at all be surprising. After all, it's made by one of the cheapest of the so-called 'Poverty Row' studios of the 1940s==where entire scripts NEVER were bought for more than a few hundred dollars! Also, with an exploitation title like this, it sure sounds like a recipe for dreck.

The film begins with a trial. A young man is accused of manslaughter. In an insanely unrealistic moment, the judge asks the accused to come to the front of the room and talk about his life story. At first, it's all about how his childhood sucked because his parents were both self-involved jerks (hence the title), but so many of his actions seem to have little to do with his upbringing and more to do with that he's a total idiot! To earn some extra money, he goes to work as a courier for a mobster--and having absolutely no idea that he's doing anything illegal! Think about it--he gets paid huge amounts of money to do 'odd jobs' at all hours and he isn't suspicious! Anyway, but the end of his long story, the young man once again asserts that it's pretty much his parents' fault--at which point the judge summarily decides on his fate--with no deliberations, no additional testimony...nothing! And then, what follows, is the judge's message to the parents! Uggh...it's really pretty dumb. However, I must admit that despite being pure corn and bad script writing, it was, in an odd way, entertaining...yet still quite bad. For bad movie buffs, this sort of silly sermonizing and bad writing is exactly what they are looking for--and I can't recommend it enough for those who occasionally like a bad film. Dopey but easy to like.


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