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All My Sons (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | May 1948 (USA)
During WW2, industrialist Joe Keller commits a crime and frames his business partner Herbert Deever but years later his sin comes back to haunt him when Joe's son plans to marry Deever's daughter.

Director:

Irving Reis

Writers:

Arthur Miller (based on the play by), Chester Erskine (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Joe Keller
Burt Lancaster ... Chris Keller
Mady Christians ... Kate Keller
Louisa Horton Louisa Horton ... Ann Deever
Howard Duff ... George Deever
Frank Conroy ... Herbert Deever
Lloyd Gough ... Jim Bayliss
Arlene Francis ... Sue Bayliss
Harry Morgan ... Frank Lubey (as Henry Morgan)
Elisabeth Fraser ... Lydia Lubey
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Storyline

All My Sons tells the story of Joe Keller, a successful, middle-aged, self-made man who has done a terrible and tragic thing. He framed his business partner for a crime and engineered his own exoneration. Now, his son is about to marry the partner's daughter, the affair is revisited, and his lie of a life is unraveled. Written by Anonymous

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All your days you will remember ... all my sons.

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vida por vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "All My Sons" opened at the Coronet Theater in New York on January 29, 1947, ran for 328 performances and won the 1947 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play for the author Arthur Miller. His original script was used as the basis for the screen play for the movie version. See more »

Goofs

When Joe comes out of the house upon Annie's arrival, he comes down the front steps and walks into the yard with his arms raised. In the next instant, he's back at the steps and his arms are down. See more »

Quotes

Jim Bayliss: Put her to bed, Joe. Both of you go to bed. Staying up won't help; sleep will. Sleep's a wonderful thing, the best thing about living.
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Connections

Version of American Playhouse: All My Sons (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Know
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on piano by Louisa Horton
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Much better than I expected
24 March 2007 | by billyweedsSee all my reviews

Since this movie had no particular reputation, I expected a somewhat ho-hum adaptation of Arthur Miller's play. In fact, the movie somewhat improves on the play. It's not afraid to be a little more "superficial" than the play, opting less for profundity than for solid melodrama, and I do mean solid. Robinson is superb, but the real surprise for me was the unshowy, very subtle (for him) performance by Lancaster, never a favorite of mine in his latter-day, hammy period. Here he seems content to be an ensemble player, supporting Robinson and playing a relatively quiet, Gary Cooper sort of role, and therefore he comes off more of a genuine star than usual. When he does finally explode in physical violence, the effect is truly shocking.


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