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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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Is There One In Your House?
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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 Ridgway ... 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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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:G (Ontario)

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'One Too Many'... musical numbers, that is., 8 August 2016
Author: William Reid from London, Ontario, Canada

It would be easy to dismiss this movie as dated, preachy and painfully ironic. It's no "Lost Weekend'. However, 'One Too Many' has some solid performances (Ruth Warrick in particular) and takes it's subject matter seriously. Ahead of it's time, this movie treats alcoholism as a disease and tackles the issue with a thoughtful and compassionate story line that outweighs a sometimes unsophisticated script. It's focus is on alcoholism but it indirectly manages to comment on a number of social issues that we still deal with today from feminism, socialized medicine, politics and mental illness. Hallmark would go on to make similar message movies on TV in the 70's and 80's. (A remake of 'One Too Many' stars a young Michelle Peiffer in a 1985 "After School Special".) The musical numbers are long and weirdly misplaced and William Tracy hams it up for the camera but maybe this was a way to disguise the serious subject matter and market the movie to a larger movie audience. There are some dark ironies here, like when the Doctor talks about the ravages of alcohol on the body while passing out cigarettes - but one problem at a time. 'One Too Many" draws you in with an unsubtle directness on a social problem that, even sixty five years later, is still dismayingly relatable.

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