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All My Sons (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | May 1948 (USA)
During WW2, industrialist Joe Keller commits a crime and frames his business partner Herbert Deever but years later his sin comes back to haunt him when Joe's son plans to marry Deever's daughter.

Director:

Irving Reis

Writers:

Arthur Miller (based on the play by), Chester Erskine (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Joe Keller
Burt Lancaster ... Chris Keller
Mady Christians ... Kate Keller
Louisa Horton Louisa Horton ... Ann Deever
Howard Duff ... George Deever
Frank Conroy ... Herbert Deever
Lloyd Gough ... Jim Bayliss
Arlene Francis ... Sue Bayliss
Harry Morgan ... Frank Lubey (as Henry Morgan)
Elisabeth Fraser ... Lydia Lubey
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Storyline

All My Sons tells the story of Joe Keller, a successful, middle-aged, self-made man who has done a terrible and tragic thing. He framed his business partner for a crime and engineered his own exoneration. Now, his son is about to marry the partner's daughter, the affair is revisited, and his lie of a life is unraveled. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

All your days you will remember ... all my sons.

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vida por vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The band Twenty 0ne Pilots got its name from the play's villains' prior casualties which continue to haunt two families and the lives they touched and ended. See more »

Goofs

When Joe comes out of the house upon Annie's arrival, he comes down the front steps and walks into the yard with his arms raised. In the next instant, he's back at the steps and his arms are down. See more »

Quotes

Jim Bayliss: Put her to bed, Joe. Both of you go to bed. Staying up won't help; sleep will. Sleep's a wonderful thing, the best thing about living.
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Connections

Version of ITV Play of the Week: All My Sons (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Know
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on piano by Louisa Horton
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who was really to blame?
15 June 2008 | by diana-2See all my reviews

I saw this movie today for the umpteenth time and it finally occurred to me... Weren't both men to blame? Wasn't Herbert Deever really just as guilty as Joe Keller? No matter who "says" they are responsible, anyone involved in knowingly shipping faulty parts that could kill people is responsible. Deever shouldn't have sent them out, no matter what he was told. Isn't that what all those Nazis claimed when asked how they could commit so many atrocities? "I was just taking orders." That doesn't wash with me or with most people. We all have a responsibility to follow our own consciences with regard to right and wrong.

They were both guilty....

It's a wonderful story and very well performed and written, but that fact remains to be discussed.


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