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My Son, My Son (1940)





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Adapted from the novel by Howard Spring, My Son My Son stars Brian Aherne as a self-made success determined to give his son the lavish upbringing he himself was denied. Not surprisingly, the son (Louis Hayward) grows up spoiled rotten, causing grief and pain to everyone who loves him. The limit comes when the boy tries to steal his father's lady friend (Madeline Carroll). When World War I breaks out, the son displays the noble streak that he has hidden so long by dying a hero's death. Its uplifting ending at odds with the darker denouement of the original novel, My Son My Son is high-class soap opera made workable by the multilevelled performances of Brian Aherne and Louis Hayward.


Brian Aherne
as William Essex
Louis Hayward
as Oliver Essex
Madeleine Carroll
as Livia Vaynol
Laraine Day
as Maeve O'Riorden
Henry Hull
as Dermont O'Riorden
Sophie Stewart
as Shella O'Riorden
Bruce Lester
as Rory O'Riorden
Scotty Beckett
as Oliver as a Child
Brenda Henderson
as Maeve as a Child
Teddy Moorwood
as Rory as a Child
Stanley Logan
as The Colonel
Lionel Belmore
as Mr. Moscrop
Mary Gordon
as Mrs. Mulvaney
David Clyde
as Drayman
Pat Flaherty
as Joe Baxter
Bruce Lister
as Rory O'Riorden
Mary Field
as Betsy - First Maid
Audrey Manners
as Second Maid
Sibyl Harris
as First Landlady
Connie Leon
as Second Landlady
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All Critics (2)

This two generation melodrama, about a self-sacrificing father and no-good son who needs to redeem himself, is well acted by Brian Aherne.

February 9, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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