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Come Fill the Cup (1951)

Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan. After six years on the wagon he gets his job back and devotes himself to other recovering ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Ivan Goff (screen play), Ben Roberts (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Lew Marsh
Phyllis Thaxter ... Paula Copeland
Raymond Massey ... John Ives
James Gleason ... Charley Dolan
Gig Young ... Boyd S. Copeland
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Dolly Copeland
Larry Keating ... Julian Cuscaden
Charlita Charlita ... Maria Diego
Sheldon Leonard ... Lennie Garr
Douglas Spencer ... Ike Bashaw
John Kellogg ... Don Bell
William Bakewell ... Hal Ortman
John Alvin ... Travis Ashbourne - Reporter
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Storyline

Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan. After six years on the wagon he gets his job back and devotes himself to other recovering alcoholics. His boss enlists his help to sober up his nephew, Boyd Copeland, who has married Lew's old sweetheart. Boyd, who is involved with a cabaret singer and the mob, presents quite a challenge. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Veneno implacable See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Charley Dolan: Hey Lew, I been thinking. Seems to me it's time you start and use your mind like the you've been using your body, I mean, do what you're meant to do, write for the newspapers.
Lew Marsh: Forget it Charley, after you drunk yourself off of three newspapers, the word goes out over the wire: Lew Marsh is through, Lew Marsh is poison, Lew Marsh tickles, no I like it this way, fine. Just the way things are, fine.
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Connections

Referenced in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Blanke's Concerto
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Heindorf
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This One Is Filled Right To The Dramatic Brim
10 March 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Come Fill The Cup is Warner Brothers answer to Paramount and The Lost Weekend. Come to think of it, the film could literally be where the Paramount classic left off.

Imagine James Cagney as the Ray Milland character as The Lost Weekend concluded. Remember both of them are writers, Cagney however was a newspaper reporter. He loses his job due to his alcoholism, but gets the same kind of wakeup call Milland got and goes back to working for the paper that hired him in the first place.

Flash forward about five years and Cagney is now city editor and the big boss, publisher Raymond Massey calls him in. Cagney has hired several former drinkers who are making a success on the paper and he thinks that Cagney is just the man to help straighten out his nephew Gig Young who is going down the same path. Young is a promising composer who has let his talent go to waste in a sea of booze.

Two things complicate the picture for Cagney. First Young is married, but separated from Phyllis Thaxter who used to be Cagney's girl. But also Young is now getting himself involved with Charlita, a little chanteuse from south of the border who gangster Sheldon Leonard has put his brand on. And to top that all off Leonard is the target of Massey's newspaper. It gets positively incestuous in Come Fill The Cup.

Gig Young got an Academy Award nomination for his role and his scenes of inebriation and withdrawal are every bit as good as the ones that got Ray Milland his Oscar for The Lost Weekend. Young lost in the Oscar sweepstakes to Karl Malden for A Streetcar Named Desire. The guy who should get some acclaim here is James Gleason who plays Cagney's roommate and sponsor in helping to kick the booze habit. Gleason's death scene and Cagney's reaction to it are the dramatic high points of the movie.

As for Cagney a lot of his usual mannerisms that sometimes carry along a bad film and make it better are missing. But he doesn't need them in playing this part.

I had not seen this film in several decades and quite frankly had forgotten how good it is. Demand that TCM show this one and demand that Warner Brothers get this out on DVD.


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