My Son John

Synopsis: John Jefferson comes home from a trip overseas a strangely changed man. His already nervous wreck of a mother is distraught by the way he seems to be feigning feelings for her and his father that he no longer has. Plus, his odd refusal to accompany the family to church on Sunday not only disturbs her but their priest as well. He also seems to be making fun of and smirking at his father's jubilant expressions of patriotism. His poor mother cannot imagine what could have caused such a change in her favorite son, who used to be loving and church-going and now seems remote from both. He also gets strange calls and goes off to strange "meetings" with no explanation. He is also being watched by an FBI agent who comes to the home and greatly disturbs John's mother with his odd questions about him. Eventually the horrible truth comes out: John is a Communist spy! No wonder he has no real feelings for his family and shuns the church he once loved!During a high-speed chase, John is killed, but h
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Leo McCarey
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min


With the boys off

fighting a war,

a woman at your time of life

is going to be under

a bigger strain

than she is already.

Now, these are good.

Proven it.

I want you to take

three every day.

Go and take one right now.

And when they're gone,

call me up.

I'll be seeing ya.

Now, you listen here.

You listen to him.

You have dizzy spells, don't ya?

Listen to the doctor, will ya?

Look at him.

Look, doctor,

if anything is happening to me,

wouldn't you say

that it's just about

what's been happening

ever since wars and women began?

All I know is

that women your age

sometimes bust up

with far less reason.

Well, I'm not going

to bust a bustle.

I'm not mentioning any names,

but I have two wrapped up

in the rest home right now.

I bet I can guess

who one of them is.

- Is it...

- never mind.

Never mind.

Well, don't you let her

get away with that.

I went to school with her.

You know, Lucille,

I admire your attitude

and I agree with you.

What God intended.

She used to go to school

on Saturdays.

Lu, will ya...

will you do

what the doctor says?

Go take one of these right now.

All right, all right.


The frail little woman

will do his biddin'.



What do you

really think it is...

oh, now, Dan, Dan.

If anything ever

happened to her, I...

don't worry.

You are!


Hello, mother.

It's been almost a year now.

Let me look at ya.

Oh, I feel fine, mother.

Now wait a minute!

This is supposed to be

a happy occasion!

Oh, here's your father.

Well, well, John.

Welcome home.

Thank you, father.

Ah, taller than a lamp post.

Well, you haven't changed much

that I can see, father.

I feel about the same.

John looks

a little tired though,

don't you think?

Uh, no.

Looks good to me.

It's so good you could

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Leo McCarey

Thomas Leo McCarey (October 3, 1898 – July 5, 1969) was a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, screenwriter and producer. He was involved in nearly 200 movies, the most well known today being Duck Soup, Make Way for Tomorrow, The Awful Truth, Going My Way, The Bells of St. Mary's, My Son John and An Affair To Remember.While focusing mainly on screwball comedies during the 1930s, McCarey turned towards producing more socially conscious and overtly religious movies during the 1940s, ultimately finding success and acclaim in both genres. McCarey was one of the most popular and established comedy directors of the pre-World War II era. more…

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