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 »
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
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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 »
Bottom of the Bottle-Successfully Hits the Bottle ***
Interesting film dealing with family relationships and ultimate responsibility for family actions.
Successful lawyer, Wendell Corey, must come to grips when his convict brother, Van Johnson, escapes from jail and shows up at his doorstep. Corey had abandoned Johnson and a younger sister years before to get away from the poverty stricken family.
The film succeeds because it shows the eventual path that must be taken by a sudden ethical turn in the life of Corey. I am my brother's keeper is the theme of this well-played film.
Ruth Roman is wonderful as the sympathetic sister-in-law to Johnson. While it is true that the film ultimately turns into a modern day posse-like hunt for Johnson, it succeeds because of its redeeming quality of family relationships above all else.
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