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My Brother Jonathan (1948)

Doctor Jonathan Dakers in flashback tells his son Tony - a World War II veteran, about his life dating from the 1900s. Whilst a medical student he meets and falls for Edie. Before they can ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold French

Writers:

Francis Brett Young (novel), Leslie Landau (screen play) (as Leslie L. Landau) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Denison ... Jonathan Dakers
Dulcie Gray ... Rachel Hammond
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Harold Dakers
Stephen Murray ... Dr. Craig
Mary Clare ... Mrs. Dakers
Finlay Currie ... Dr. Hammond
Beatrice Campbell Beatrice Campbell ... Edie Martyn
Arthur Young Arthur Young ... Sir Joseph Higgins
James Robertson Justice ... Eugene Dakers (as J. Robertson-Justice)
James Hayter ... Tom Morse
Pete Murray Pete Murray ... Tony Dakers (as Peter Murray)
Jessica Spencer ... Connie
Stuart Lindsell Stuart Lindsell ... Mr. Martyn (as R. Stuart Lindsell)
Avice Landone ... Mrs. Martyn
Wylie Watson ... Bagley
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Doctor Jonathan Dakers in flashback tells his son Tony - a World War II veteran, about his life dating from the 1900s. Whilst a medical student he meets and falls for Edie. Before they can marry Jonathan's father dies and he sacrifices his further career so his brother Harold can stay in college. When Jonathan is delayed from reuniting with Edie years later Harold and Edie fall in love during his absence. Complications arise with Edie's engagement to Harold when he is killed in World War I while Edie is carrying his child. Edie dies in childbirth and Jonathan promises to raise the child, Tony, as his own son, and Jonathan and Rachel get married. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bátyám, Jonathán See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rachel Hammond quotes from Houseman's A Shropshire Lad number XXI In Summertime on Bredon: "Here of a Sunday morning / My love and I would lie / And see the coloured counties / And hear the larks so high / About us in the sky." See more »

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Edie Martyn: Don't grieve for me. It's better like this.
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Strangely likable
26 February 2016 | by verna-aSee all my reviews

My Brother Jonathan is a product of its time with a trite moralistic story and somewhat cardboard main characters. However there is a liveliness to the film that makes it enjoyable. The story moves forward briskly, the dialogue is crisp and there is a range of well-acted minor characters. On the other hand the direction is painfully inept. Characters squash up together in an awkward way to fit into the shot, and often the physical action is somewhat out of kilter with the dialogue.I had to laugh when a character having knocked at the door is told to"come in" and replies "I'm already in"! I wonder if that was an adlib because this sort of thing happens throughout the film. While watching I never lost the awareness that there were some hamfisted aspects to the film, but I still enjoyed it. British character actors are to the fore and they deliver with verve and conviction. I'd rate the lead,Michael Denison, as one of the weakest. He has an irritating fatuous smile throughout and altogether appears to be somewhat of a stuffed shirt, but is still acceptable as a "good guy". I guess it is plausible that some of the best people among us are not the ones with wit and charm.


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