My Son, My Son!

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A superb drama has Aherne in one of his best roles as a gentle and considerate writer of romantic novels, a man who sacrifices most of his life for others, chiefly an ungrateful, hurtful son, Hayward. Aherne is a product of the Manchester slums but he struggles heroically and becomes a famous novelist. He is devoted to his son, played first by Beckett,...read more

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A superb drama has Aherne in one of his best roles as a gentle and considerate writer of romantic novels, a man who sacrifices most of his life for others, chiefly an ungrateful, hurtful son, Hayward. Aherne is a product of the Manchester slums but he struggles heroically and becomes a

famous novelist. He is devoted to his son, played first by Beckett, then, as an adult, by Hayward. The boy and then the young man prove, over 25 years, to be thoroughly rotten. Hayward makes fun of his father's writing, brings tragedy to his childhood girlfriend Day, and even tries to seduce

artist Carroll, the woman his widowed father loves and plans to marry. Yet Aherne cannot bring himself to condemn the boy he has given his heart to. Both wind up in the trenches during WWI, with Aherne covering the war as a correspondent and his son a young officer. Aherne meets his son for the

last time and begs him to reform, telling him he still loves him and that he forgives him for breaking his heart. Hayward tells him that his father has loved him too much, but in the end, Hayward redeems himself by dying a hero's death, leaving Aherne to cry out in agony: "My son, my son!" Carroll

is beautiful and Day is pure springtime in this poignant and powerful film but it is coldhearted Hayward and his merciless inhuman ways who steals this film which Vidor directs with great care and innovative style.

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  • Review: A superb drama has Aherne in one of his best roles as a gentle and considerate writer of romantic novels, a man who sacrifices most of his life for others, chiefly an ungrateful, hurtful son, Hayward. Aherne is a product of the Manchester slums but he stru… (more)

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