I Accuse My Parents (November 4, 1944)
Released on November 4, 1944: A young man facing a judge on the charge of murder accuses his parents of making him a killer.
Produced by Arthur Alexander, Max Alexander and Alfred Stern
Directed by Sam Newfield
Written by Arthur Caesar with screenplay by Harry L. Fraser and Marjorie Dudley
The Actors: Robert Lowell (James Wilson), Mary Beth Hughes (Kitty Reed), John Miljan (Dan Wilson), Vivienne Osborne (Mrs. Wilson), George Meeker (Charles Blake, Paradise nightclub owner), Edward Earle (the judge), George Lloyd (Al Frazier, owner of the hamburger joint), Patricia Knox (Vera Moore), Florence Johnson (Shirley Clark), Richard Bartell (Joe Holden, shoe store owner), Brooks Benedict (pedestrian), Jack Chefe (head waiter), Mauritz Hugo (Blake's henchman), Harold Miller (cocktail party guest), Bud Osborne (Mr. Carlton, clock maker)
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Papa was a preacher, and during every service there would be singing, an opportunity for the church members to testify about any great blessings that they had experienced since the last meeting, and before the sermon, there was always a prayer.
Dad would invite anyone in the congregation to suggest specific people or events to pray for, and anyone with a physical problem or family problem would speak out their requests. As a youngster, I wouldn’t be interested in most of the prayer requests until one fellow would occasionally stand up and say the we should all pray for the loose livers. I would smile and wonder if loose livers were a bigger problem than loose kidneys.
Of course, the fellow was not thinking about any physical illness, but rather the tendency of ‘modern’ 1960’s people to live a lifestyle that included living on the wild side of life with plenty of booze, dancing and wild parties. I guess the wild lifestyle was not new to my youthful 1960’s days, because in this movie from a couple of decades earlier, the theme is about loose livers, and murder.
As our adventure opens Jimmy Wilson is standing in front of a judge who is about to sentence him for killing someone. The judge tells Jimmy that his refusal to offer any explanation for the murder does not help his case any. The judge asks Jimmy if there is anything he would like to say in his defense before being sentenced. Jimmy turns to face the people in the courtroom and begins to speak. He says only four words in his defense, “I Accuse My Parents!”
I am a firm believer in taking full responsibility for everything that happens in my life, not blaming anyone else for my circumstances. Both good things and bad things come my way, and I have the choice to react to every event any way at all, and my response to every event that hits me can turn each crisis into either a positive experience or a negative experience.
I admit that I never experienced the family lifestyle of Jimmy, and maybe it isn’t his responsibility for the murder. Jimmy’s story is a bit different than most. Maybe you and I would have done the same thing that Jimmy did. You need to decide for yourself as you watch his story. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
John Miljan and Vivienne Osborne
Mary Beth Hughes
Mary Beth Hughes
Mary Beth Hughes
Patricia Knox and Mary Beth Hughes
Richard Bartell and Robert Lowell
The bill for a night on the town