My Son John
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Filled with the kind of Red Scare propaganda that must have delighted members of McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Committee, this drama chronicles the attempts of two All-American parents to save their son from the temptations of Communism. Unfortunately, they are too late. The arrogant and intellectual young man, a worker in a federal agency, returns home from a long absence spouting pro-Ruskie doctrine and deriding the beliefs of capitalism and US at every opportunity. Enraged at his son's mocking ways, he beans him with the family bible. Things get worse when an FBI agent… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Paranoiac emotionally overwrought Red Menace drama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Leo McCarey (better known for his screwball comedies) has made an agit-prop, an overtly political film that reflects the fear and paranoia generated by McCarthy in the 1950s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The movie is swathed in very thoughtful shades of gray almost throughout."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Robin Wood has written about how McCarey loves romantic couples but seems to loathe families, and this point is borne out most harrowingly in My Son John, the skeleton film in his closet, and one of the most personally revealing."
‑ Dan Callahan, House Next Door
"Leo McCarey's sociopolitical hysterectomy finally hits home video in a Blu-ray that appears downright ashamed of its contents."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
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