Quick Film Guide – I Accuse My Parents (Sam Newfield, 1944)

I Accuse My Parents
Directed by Sam Newfield

I Accuse My Parents was one of 18 films Sam Newfield directed in 1944. It is a bleak and fatalistic drama about a neglected son who falls in with the wrong crowd and runs into trouble with the law.

An early example of juvenile delinquency flicks, predating Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause by roughly ten years, I Accuse My Parents has all the flaws and imperfections you would expect from a rushed, low-budget movie. Yet, it is interesting to see it explore the rising paranoia of its time of the impact of wartime parent absence.

Written by Matt Micucci

I'm an international journalist, reporter, website editor and content creator. I actively work for JAZZIZ Magazine and FRED Film Radio, collaborate with other websites and curate my own projects, including IN ARTE MATT and CineCola. I have also curated and produced my series of films in Galway, Ireland, and photo exhibition and arts events in various European countries. I have a working class background and have and have a postgrad degree in Film Theory + a BA in Film & TV.

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