Cinema: The New Pictures: Apr. 1, 1940

My Son, My Son! (United Artists). To hear a movie called a "class picture" sends a chill down the hardened cinemaddict's spine. "Class picture" is a trade term for films with a better than average cast, a resolutely esthetic director, and uplift. They are aimed at people who want ideas with their entertainment. Often they are made from second-rate novels with a purpose. Usually they are bores, frequently they are flops. At their best, class pictures can be as good as We Are Not Alone, which Paul Muni and Flora Robson strove (in vain) to bring to life. Or they may...

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