My Brother Jonathan (February 5, 1948)

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My Brother Jonathan
 

Released on March 2, 1946: An elderly doctor tells his son about the events surrounding his birth, and who his real father and mother were.

Produced by Warwick Ward

Directed by Harold French

The Actors: Michael Denison (Jonathan Drake), Dulcie Gray (Rachel Hammond), Ronald Howard (Harold Dakers), Stephen Murray (Doctor Craig), Mary Clare (Mrs. Dakers), Finlay Currie (Doctor Hammond), Beatrice Campbell (Edie Martyn), Arthur Young (Sir Joseph Higgins), James Robertson Justice (Eugene Dakers), James Hayter (Tom Morse), Pete Murray (Tony Dakers), Jessica Spencer (Connie Williams), Stuart Lindsell (Mr. Martyn), Avice Landone (Mrs. Martyn), Wylie Watson (Bagley), Hilda Bayley (Mrs. Perry), Josephine Stuart (Lily Rudge), Fred Groves (Lisha Hodgkiss), Beatrice Varley (Mrs. Hodgkiss), Felix Deebank (Alec Martyn), Eric Messiter (Surgeon Moore), Paul Farrell (Doctor Lucas), Jack Melford (Doctor Martock), David Ward (Doctor Frampton), John Salew (solicitor Wilburn), Peter Hobbes (Doctor Monaghan), Kathleen Boutall (Mrs. Gaige), Wilfrid Hyde-White (Mr. Gaige), George Woodbridge (Stevens), Leslie Weston (Wheeler), Merle Tottenham (Alice Rudge), Grace Denbigh Russell (the matron), Howard Douglas (bailiff), Hilary Pritchard (bailiff), Derek Farge (Edward Willis), Eunice Gayson (Edie Martyn as a young girl), Nora Gordon (Mrs. Stevens), Cameron Hall (Joseph the porter), Kathleen Heath (barmaid), Paul Blake (Edward Smith Watson), Thora Hird (Ada), Maurice Jones (foundry foreman), Vi Kaley (old crone), Fred Kitchen (Tyldesley), Daniel King (Reverend Perry), Ruth Lodge (Mrs. Craig), Johnnie Schofield (trade union man), Jane Shirley (maid), Wendy Thompson (nurse), Elsie Wagstaff (factory worker), Hazel Adair (Mary), Grace Arnold (woman in court), Ernest Borrow (butler), Ernest Butcher (porter), Ray Cooney (Ralph Hingston), Basil Cunard (police sergeant), Andreas Malandrinos (French postman), Beatrice Marsden (Mary in 1946), Elizabeth Maude (Mrs. Bagley), Janet Morrison (Sister Cronshaw), Sydney Moncton (dancer at Martyn's Party), Paul Sheridan (French guest at Hotel Cecil), Desmond Newling (young Jonathan), Alan Goodwin (young Harold), Michael Caborne (young Alec Martyn)

 

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Jonathan and the gods of Irony

I can picture a scene long ago when I was a very young boy. I can see my sister Carol Berkey sitting under the apple tree in the back yard on a warm summer afternoon reading a very thick book. The kind of book that told the story of a man or woman, and followed that person through a lifetime of joy and sorrow . . . A drama thick with emotion and pathos and life as it really is . . . . The good times and the bad times all woven together in the saga of a life. The kind of book that I would never consider spending my time with . . . I would casually comment that I'll wait for the movie instead of reading the book . . . . Knowing full well that we were not allowed to go to movie theaters because our admission money would support the wild lifestyle of sinful Hollywood actors. This movie was filmed before either of us was born, but this is one of those movies, bringing to life a spellbinding novel by Francis Brett Young. It is the story of a young man who faced the hardships of life early, and faced them well. He didn’t win every conflict, but he never quit either. He shows us how a man can ‘do the right thing’ even when it is against everything that society demands, and even when doing ‘the right thing’ flies in the face of the standards of everyone around him. As the story opens we meet an elderly Jonathan, and his son is just returning from duty in the Second World War. He tells his son that there is a story he must hear, and this is the time for the son to hear it. You see, the boy returning from war is not Jonathan’s son, though he was born of Jonathan’s wife . . . The story we watch through the eyes of Jonathan is filled with the drama of life and death in the English countryside . . . Wealth and Poverty . . . . Love and Conflict . . . . Joy and Sorrow . . . . Your blood may boil . . . . Your head may spin . . . . Your heart may throb . . . . You will never forget Jonathan . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alan Goodwin and Desmond Newling
Alan Goodwin and Desmond Newling
Arthur Young
Arthur Young
Arthur Young and Wilfrid Hyde-White
Arthur Young and Wilfrid Hyde-White
Arthur Young
Arthur Young
Beatrice Campbell
Beatrice Campbell
Beatrice Campbell and Jessica Spencer
Beatrice Campbell and Jessica Spencer
Beatrice Campbell and Michael Denison
Beatrice Campbell and Michael Denison
Beatrice Campbell
Beatrice Campbell
Beatrice Varley
Beatrice Varley
Desmond Newling and Eunice Gayson
Desmond Newling and Eunice Gayson
Dulcie Gray
Dulcie Gray
Dulcie Gray and Beatrice Campbell
Dulcie Gray and Beatrice Campbell
Dulcie Gray
Dulcie Gray
Elizabeth Maude
Elizabeth Maude
Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie
Finlay Currie
Fred Groves
Fred Groves
James Robertson Justice and Kathleen Heath
James Robertson Justice and Kathleen Heath
Jessica Spencer and Beatrice Campbell
Jessica Spencer and Beatrice Campbell
John Salew
John Salew
Leslie Weston
Leslie Weston
Mary Clare
Mary Clare
Mary Clare and Michael Denison
Mary Clare and Michael Denison
Mary Clare
Mary Clare
Michael Denison
Michael Denison
Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray
Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray
Michael Denison and James Robertson Justice
Michael Denison and James Robertson Justice
Michael Denison and James Robertson Justice
Michael Denison and James Robertson Justice
Michael Denison, Jessica Spencer and Beatrice Campbell
Michael Denison, Jessica Spencer and Beatrice Campbell
Michael Denison and Josephine Stuart
Michael Denison and Josephine Stuart
Michael Denison and Pete Murray
Michael Denison and Pete Murray
Michael Denison and Ronald Howard
Michael Denison and Ronald Howard
Michael Denison and Stephen Murray
Michael Denison and Stephen Murray
Michael Denison as an old man
Michael Denison as an old man
Michael Denison
Michael Denison
Paul Blake and Ronald Howard
Paul Blake and Ronald Howard
Pete Murray
Pete Murray
Ronald Howard
Ronald Howard
Ronald Howard and Beatrice Campbell
Ronald Howard and Beatrice Campbell
Ronald Howard and Beatrice Campbell
Ronald Howard and Beatrice Campbell
Ronald Howard
Ronald Howard
Stephen Murray and Michael Denison
Stephen Murray and Michael Denison
Stephen Murray and Peter Hobbes
Stephen Murray and Peter Hobbes
Stephen Murray
Stephen Murray
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Wylie Watson and Michael Denison
Wylie Watson and Michael Denison