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Edward, My Son (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 | Romance

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

A sterling example of the risk studios took in casting their stars against type: Spencer Tracy experienced box office failure only when cast as an unsympathetic character in films such as this, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), Tortilla Flat (1942), The Sea of Grass (1946), Cass Timberlane (1947) and Plymouth Adventure (1952). 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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Version of Au théâtre ce soir: Edouard mon fils (1974) See more »

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The invisible boy
26 October 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In Cukor's "Women" (1939) the heroines talked about men we never saw cause it was an all-female cast.In "Edward My Son" ,the character of the title ,"Edward" never appears either.It may be interesting but it's also a bit infuriating cause we know him only through the others' conversations .It takes all the talent of the cast to make the movie worthwhile :Spencer Tracy ,whose love for his spoiled child knows no bounds and leads him to become selfish,tyrannical and even crooked;Deborah Kerr,who for the first and last time in her career is compelled to overplay in her last scenes :the aristocratic Kerr as an alcoholic shrew,it has to be seen to be believed! The movie is a long flashback:Tracy appears in the first sequence and tells the audience he just lost his only child ;he owns almost everything a man can ,and perhaps the theater where you are watching this film;he will come back for the epilogue.

Although not entirely satisfying,it's an interesting way of telling a story,which ventures off the beaten track.


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