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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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Storyline

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 Stage Hit . . . Now on the Screen ! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

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

The titular character of Edward is unseen in both the stage and film versions, his presence deemed unnecessary by the authors, as the father's ruthless, corruptive influence defines the boy's increasingly antisocial behaviors. As such, Edward's unseen but much-discussed character flaws are the core element of the tale. 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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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Spencer Tracy (1961) See more »

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Phenomenal performance by Deborah Kerr
8 July 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Edward, My Son" is a 1949 film based on the play that starred Robert Morley. Here the stars are Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr, and Ian Hunter. The title role, Edward, is never seen. The movie is really about his father, Arnold Boult, who spoils the boy and ruins everything and everybody he touches.

There was a mention that Spencer Tracy was miscast, that the character shouldn't be so amiable but more acid. I think in a way, Tracy's amiability was more sinister - he threatened people and seemed so cheerful about it. It's quite effective.

The revelation, the stunning, knockout performance comes from Deborah Kerr as Arnold's unhappy wife Evelyn. Young, pretty, and cheerful in the beginning, her character development, in looks and personality, is remarkable - right down to her osteoporotic walk with the slightly stooped shoulders. How often do we see really wonderful actors play older people with just a little gray in their hair, with nothing else changed? The only other "aging" performance I have seen to equal this was Emma Thompson at the end of "Remains of the Day."

I always knew Deborah Kerr was a fine actress, but obviously, she mostly did roles that were beneath her capability.

Ian Hunter is very good as the doctor s a man who see through Arnold's behavior, and who has always been in love with Evelyn.

Don't miss Kerr's performance in this film.


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