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Edward, My Son (MGM 1949, Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr)

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A drama that traces both the rise of a modest, hardworking family man and the decline of his marriage and morals. A happily married man and doting father soon increases his fortune, has an affair with his secretary, and eventually receives a knighthood under false pretenses. His wife, meanwhile, turns into a drunken, bitter person understood only by the family doctor (who has a crush on her). Experimental narrative with characters addressing the camera and the title character referred to in the third person and never seen.

Edward, My Son is based on a popular British play in which the lead was played by one of the co-writers, Robert Morley.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress: Deborah Kerr.

production details
USA – UK / MGM / 112 minutes / 1949

Director: George Cukor
Producer: Edwin H. Knopf
Original Story: Noel Langley, Robert Morley
Cinematography: Freddie Young
Editor: Raymond Poulton
Music: John Wooldridge
Script: Donald Ogden Stewart
Production Design: Alfred Junge

cast
Mervyn Johns as Harry Sempkin
Felix Aylmer as Mr. Hanray
Spencer Tracy as Arnold Boult
Deborah Kerr as Evelyn Boult
Ian Hunter as Doctor Larry Woodhope
James Donald as Bronton
Leueen MacGrath as Eileen Perrin
Walter Fitzgerald as Mr. Kedner
Tilsa Page as Betty Foxley

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