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My Son John (1952)

The Jeffersons are the ideal picture-perfect all-American family in a small town, but their eldest son John returns home after a long absence spouting views that cause them to worry he may be a Communist.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Myles Connolly, John Lee Mahin (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Hayes ... Lucille Jefferson
Van Heflin ... Stedman
Dean Jagger ... Dan Jefferson
Robert Walker ... John Jefferson
Minor Watson ... Dr. Carver
Frank McHugh ... Father O'Dowd
Richard Jaeckel ... Chuck Jefferson
James Young ... Ben Jefferson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lee Aaker ... Boy (scenes deleted)
David Bond ... College Professor (scenes deleted)
Gail Bonney ... Jail Matron (scenes deleted)
Russ Conway ... FBI Agent (scenes deleted)
Bill McLean ... Parcel Post Man (scenes deleted)
Frances Morris ... Secretary (scenes deleted)
Erskine Sanford ... Professor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

John Jefferson comes home from a trip overseas a strangely changed man. His already nervous wreck of a mother is distraught by the way he seems to be feigning feelings for her and his father that he no longer has. Plus, his odd refusal to accompany the family to church on Sunday not only disturbs her but their priest as well. He also seems to be making fun of and smirking at his father's jubilant expressions of patriotism. His poor mother cannot imagine what could have caused such a change in her favorite son, who used to be loving and church-going and now seems remote from both. He also gets strange calls and goes off to strange "meetings" with no explanation. He is also being watched by an FBI agent who comes to the home and greatly disturbs John's mother with his odd questions about him. Eventually the horrible truth comes out: John is a Communist spy! No wonder he has no real feelings for his family and shuns the church he once loved!During a high-speed chase, John is killed, but ... Written by Michael Wisper

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi hijo John See more »

Filming Locations:

Manassas, Virginia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rainbow Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 27, 1952 with Dean Jagger reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Dan Jefferson: John!
John Jefferson: Oh, Father, let's not go into it any more.
Dan Jefferson: Now I've, I've got another subject for you.
Dan Jefferson: As your father, you and I are going to have a talk, a good talk, away from your Mother. And it's about you, son.
John Jefferson: Well, if you'd enjoy it, Father...
Dan Jefferson: Well, I don't know whether you will. But as I told you, we're alert. And we ARE alert.
John Jefferson: You just said that.
Dan Jefferson: Yes, and you sound to me like, like one of those guys that we should be alert about.
John Jefferson: One of those guys?
Dan Jefferson: I just said that you sounded like one, I didn't...
[...]
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Connections

Edited from Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

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Have people who rated this movie actually seen it?
19 July 2004 | by Rik-19See all my reviews

People who were watching movies before the days of VCR might remember this one. As of July 17, 2004, 49 IMDb users had rated this film that's been unavailable anywhere except at special museum showings. As of February 18, 2009, 130 IMDb users have rated it. How many of them have actually seen MY SON JOHN(?) Any how many rated it based on its notoriety?

I'd like to hear from those people who've seen it. Recent or otherwise. Where did you see it?

You don't have to tell me how ridiculously bad it is. Some movies are just forgettably bad, but this is one nobody forgets. I've yet to talk to anyone who thought it was good, but I wouldn't mind hearing from anyone who feels that way.

I haven't cast a vote because I haven't seen it, but I sure would like to. Does anyone know where I can buy it on DVD?


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