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The Bottom of the Bottle (1956)

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Patrick Martin (Joseph Cotten), known as P.M., is a wealthy attorney and rancher big-man-in-town in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. He returns home to find his brother Donald (Van ... See full summary »

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Donald Martin / Eric Bell
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Pat 'P.M.' Martin
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Nora Martin
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Hal Breckinridge
Margaret Hayes ...
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Brand
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Stanley Miller
Peggy Knudsen ...
Ellen Miller
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George Cady
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Hannah Cady
Nancy Gates ...
Mildred Martin
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Luis Romero (as Gonzales-Gonzales)
John Lee ...
Jenkins
Tod Griffin ...
Rancher (as Ted Griffin)
Ernestine Barrier ...
Lucy Grant
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Patrick Martin (Joseph Cotten), known as P.M., is a wealthy attorney and rancher big-man-in-town in the border town of Nogales, Arizona. He returns home to find his brother Donald (Van Johnson)hiding in his garage. A former drunkard, Donald had been sent to the penitentiary five years previously for killing a man in a barroom brawl. It was in self-defense but P.M. hadn't defended his brother and he was convicted. Donald has escaped and wants his brother to help him across the Santa Cruz River into the Mexico-side Nogales, where his wife (Shirley Patterson as Shawn Smith)and children (Kim Charney and Sandy Deschler) are in dire straits. The straits get even dier when P.M. tells him the river is flooded and it will be days before anyone can cross. And P.M. is all a'twitter because his wife Nora (Ruth Roman), whom he married after Donald had gone to prison, doesn't know about his jail-bird brother. He introduces Donald to Nora and the rest of his Cadillac Cowboy and ranch society friends... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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19 May 1956 (West Germany)  »

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Trivia

The chimes on the doorbell to Joseph Cotten (Pat Martin)'s house play "How Dry I Am". Quite fitting considering Van Johnson (Donald)'s drinking problem and the "lushy" household guests that tempt him. See more »

Quotes

Pat 'P.M.' Martin: When a man is trying to make a gesture for the first time in his life, no one has the right to talk him out of it.
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Give Me the Simple Life
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Music by Rube Bloom
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I'm My Brothers Keeper
31 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyed this great Classic film from 1956 starring a great cast of actors, namely: Van Johnson, (Donald Martin) who was serving time in Joliet Illinois Prison and seeks the help of his brother, Joseph Cotton, (P M Martin) who is a very successful rancher and well known throughout the community. P M is not very happy about his brother showing up, because he never told anyone about his brother and that he had a bad problem with drinking which caused most of the problems in his life.

Ruth Roman, (Nora Martin) played the role as wife to P M who did not really get along and now that Donald Martin appears, his wife becomes interested in her husband's new friend, not knowing it is his brother. There is plenty of action and this is truly a great classic from the Year 1956, enjoy. Nora Martin teaches her husband about being your Brother's Keeper, the hard way.


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