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Edward, My Son (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama | June 1949 (USA)
Londoners Arnold and Evelyn Boult had high hopes for the life of their son, Edward. His relatively short life ended up being one of privilege but irresponsibility. His life ended at age 23 ... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Robert Morley (play), Noel Langley (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Arnold Boult
Deborah Kerr ... Evelyn Boult
Ian Hunter ... Doctor Larry Woodhope
James Donald ... Bronton
Mervyn Johns ... Harry Sempkin
Leueen MacGrath ... Eileen Perrin
Felix Aylmer ... Mr. Hanray
Walter Fitzgerald ... Mr. Kedner
Tilsa Page Tilsa Page ... Betty Foxley
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Walter Prothin
Colin Gordon ... Ellerby
Harriette Johns Harriette Johns ... Phyllis Mayden
Julian D'Albie Julian D'Albie ... Summers
Clement McCallin Clement McCallin ... Sergeant Kenyon
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Londoners Arnold and Evelyn Boult had high hopes for the life of their son, Edward. His relatively short life ended up being one of privilege but irresponsibility. His life ended at age 23 when he was killed in battle in World War II. Arnold recounts pivotal moments in his son's life - such as a serious medical issue at age 5, near expulsion from a prestigious private school at age 12, and impregnating a girl with whom he had no intention of marrying at age 20 - and the extreme measures Arnold took to protect the name of his son. However, other things that Arnold did throughout Edward's life, including having an extramarital affair, show that his actions were perhaps more in the name of his own happiness and standing in the community, which eventually included being dubbed a Lord. His actions have dire consequences for many, including Evelyn, who slowly begins to hate her husband and who sadly admits that she never really understood or knew her son. But after Edward's death, Dr. Larry... Written by Huggo

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Broadway's No.1 Dramatic Stage Hit Now On The Screen! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edouard, mon fils See more »

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Budget:

$2,421,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the film's failure has fallen on the shoulders of Spencer Tracy, whose performance is distinctly out of step with his co-stars. Like most leading men of his day, Tracy refused to attempt dialects. In many cases, this did not negatively impact a film -- i.e. Clark Gable and Leslie Howard's home-grown tones tend to go unnoticed in Gone With the Wind (1939) -- but in the case of Edward, My Son (1949), Tracy's resistance to effecting an English accent resulted in his being a distractingly incongruous American presence in an otherwise all-British cast, with the drama taking place in and around London. Robert Morley, who wrote the play on which the film is based, originated Tracy's role on stage. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Arnold brings home a baby carriage. The gate to the front walk is open when he arrives, and he hurries through it, not closing it. However, from a shot inside the house looking out, the gate is closed. See more »

Quotes

Arnold Boult: That's where you differ from me. In my business, I never admit failure.
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Possibly Deborah Kerr's best performance.
7 January 2003 | by manxman-1See all my reviews

First of all, the Edward of the title is never actually seen, even though the story covers several decades of his life. Rather, the story concentrates on the destructive influences of his over-benevolent father (Spencer Tracy) whose selfishness and ambition destroy all the relationships about him and ruin his son's character. Spencer Tracy is somewhat miscast, a little too likable and amiable in a role that calls for acidity and tartness. One wonders just how much better Robert Morley would have been in the role he created on the stage. Alas, movie box office appeal ruled. Ian Hunter is good as the Harley Street doctor, Tracy's friend throughout, who carries more than a burning torch for Tracy's long-suffering wife. The one knockout performance, which really carries a punch, shattering in its portrayal, is delivered by Deborah Kerr - unquestionably one of the best she ever gave. Going from a loving young wife to a middle-aged, spurned, embittered alcoholic, her performance is heart-wrenching. One watches her range with surprise for the sheer professionalism at what must have been a relatively young age. Quite different from any of the other roles she played in a long career. An absorbing drama, unusual in that the lead character is not particularly likable or sympathetic. Worth watching for the snappy dialog and Kerr's performance.


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