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Edward, My Son

It may sound like a line of dialogue for Glyn Edwards in Minder, but is instead a Spencer Tracy starring adaptation of the play of the same title clearly produced – by ‘MGM British Studios’ – as one of the infamous ‘quota’ films of the post-war period (that being the requirement of the studios by the government at the time to produce a certain number of films in Britain so they could distribute their usual stuff). It’s top-heavy with Felix ‘as to his character God alone can tell’ Aylmer, Mervyn Johns and a still island-bound Deborah Kerr leading the way. Tracy goes out of his way to help his son get on in inimitable fashion, that fashion including arson and murder.

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