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One Too Many -- What a cast! Probably the biggest budgeted exploitation film ever made. Story depicts the evils of alcoholism and its tragic effects on various people. Hokey, campy, but slick. Produced by Kroger Babb. 35mm.


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Release Date:
December 1950 (USA) See more »
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A once-famous concert pianist has had her career ruined by her alcoholism. Her husband and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous try to help her recover. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ruth Warrick ... Helen Mason / Helen Leroy Lintz
Richard Travis ... Bob Mason
Ginger Prince ... Ginger Mason

Rhys Williams ... Michael H. 'Sully' Sullivan
William Tracy ... Billy Leighton
Onslow Stevens ... Dr. Foster
Mary Young ... Mrs. Sullivan
Thurston Hall ... Kenneth Simes
Larry J. Blake ... Walt Williams
Victor Kilian ... Frank J. Emery
Buzzy Bookman ... Johnny Emery (as Buzzie Bookman)
Cecil Elliott ... Minnie (Barmaid)
Luther Crockett ... The Minister
Gilbert Fallman ... The Priest
Lester Sharpe ... Rabbi Kaplin
Lelah Tyler ... Mrs. Adams
Louis Da Pron ... Louis da Proma (as Louis da Pron)
The Harmonaires ... Musical Group
Ern Westmore ... Em Westmore
Carlos Molina ... Carlos Molina
Carlos Molina's Orchestra ... Orchestra
George Eldredge ... Harry (City Editor)
Roy Butler ... Beer Fancier
Harry Hines ... Whiskey Fancier
Robert Malcolm ... Police Sergeant Malcomson
Jack Reitzen ... Sherry Fancier
Danny Rense ... Policeman (as Dan Rense)
Bill Baldwin ... Director of Newhope (as William Baldwin)
William Kahn ... Barroom Drunk
Helen Spring ... Mrs. Johnson
Sara Perry ... Liquor Store Woman
Eddie Parker ... Motorcycle Officer
Tony Layng ... Ambulance Driver
Claire James ... Nurse
Jane Hampton ... Nurse
Herman Scharff ... Newshawker (as Bobo Scharffe)

Lyle Talbot ... Mr. Boyer
Harry Stanton ... Henry B. Harrison
Richard Alexander ... Truck Driver Drinking Coca-Cola in Bar (as Dick Alexander)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Conaty ... Nightclub Benefit Attendee (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Truck Driver Drinking Coca-Cola in Bar (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Nightclub Benefit Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by
Erle C. Kenton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kroger Babb  story
Malcolm Stuart Boylan  screenplay
Mildred Horn  screen treatment (as Mildred A. Horn)

Produced by
Kroger Babb .... producer
William Stephens .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bert Shefter 
Cinematography by
Carl Berger 
Film Editing by
Edward Mann 
Makeup Department
Curly Batson .... makeup artist
Betty Pedretti .... hair stylist
Ern Westmore .... director of hair styling
Ern Westmore .... director of makeup
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mack V. Wright .... assistant director
Art Department
Leigh Carson .... property master (as Leigh H. Carson)
Martin Obzina .... set designer
Henry C. Stowell .... artist: special art work
Glenn P. Thompson .... set dresser (as Glen P. Thompson)
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound technician (as John Carter)
Visual Effects by
Robert Hansard .... process effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Lobben .... still photographer (as C. Kenneth Lobben)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Dowsing .... wardrobe designer (as Jack Dowsing Jr.)
Kitty Mager .... wardrobe designer
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Bert Shefter .... conductor
Other crew
Margaret Burger .... technical advisor (as Margaret 'Bobbe' Burger)
Mary Gibsone .... script supervisor (as Mary Gibson Whitlock)
Emory Horger .... dialogue director (as Emery Hoerger)
David Olinger .... technical advisor (as Dr. David L. Olinger)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mixed-Up Women" - USA (reissue title)
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110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Ontario)

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Her smash-up is the story of a woman who will not cry tomorrow., 8 October 2014
Author: mark.waltz from New York City

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Ruth Warrick's Helen Mason is the seemingly perfect mom, a combination of June Cleaver, Donna Reed, and Carol Brady. But Mrs. Mason has one issue. She drinks. A lot. And when she starts to drink, she can't stop. When her husband (Richard Travis) finds her one night passed out at the kitchen table, it is very apparent that this isn't the first time he's had to carry her to bed. After a drunken visit with an old musician pal, Warrick gets so intoxicated that she shows up at her husband's newspaper office, embarrassing him in front of his boss (an imperious Thurstan Hall) who despises drunks and refuses to acknowledge that alcoholism is a disease that its victims cannot control.

Even a stay in a rehab center doesn't help Warrick who disappears on a drunken toot while Travis is attempting to take her home. This puts their sensible daughter (Ginger Prince) in jeopardy when Warrick takes her for a drive and proceeds to pass out behind the steering wheel! The brave little girl actually takes over driving, and mommy ends up in the psycho ward of the local hospital. It is up to her husband to convince his boss with the help of some investors that the local hospital needs to add facilities to help victims of alcoholism, and this is where the movie's moral "message" comes into play.

The beloved Ruth Warrick dominated "All My Children" for over three decades as the imperious Phoebe Tyler, and while that character had her own bout with drinking problems, it is here where Warrick picked up the characteristics that made the matriarch of Pine Valley's descent into alcoholism so realistic. Travis is also excellent as the husband who at first seems to be in denial (in fact, he agrees with her morning drink to relieve "that hair of the dog"), while Prince is simply amazing as the heroic little girl who cries over nasty rumors at her school that mommy is a drunk, but never steps back when it comes to supporting her. Warrick's agitation at Prince's affections obviously build up her desire for a drink, and it shows the split personality effects that too much drinking can have, even between a mother and their child.

While this goes into great detail to explain the various issues which cause alcoholism and some general statistics, the film also pads its running time with some unnecessary musical interludes which seem totally out of place. Some of the minor characters add dramatic impact to the plot, particularly an alcoholic bartender who still serves liquor even though he can't drink it. It is Warrick's intense performance which holds this together, going into great detail to document how a nice person can become a totally different one thanks to something readily available. As one person points out, as long as there are plants to make alcohol out of, people will drink.

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