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Edward, My Son

6.5
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Original title
Edward, My Son
Year
Running time
112 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Donald Ogden Stewart (Play: Robert Morley, Noel Langley)
Music
John Wooldridge
Cinematography
Freddie Young (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
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 Woodhope, an old family friend, does his small part to ensure that Arnold's family legacy cannot continue.
Awards
1949: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actress (Deborah Kerr)
1949: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actress (Deborah Kerr)
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