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

I Accuse My Parents
Directed by Sam Newfield
USA

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.

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