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The Bottom of the Bottle (1956)

In the border town of Nogales, Arizona, a wealthy attorney and rancher is solicited by his escaped convict brother in aiding him to cross the border into Mexico where his wife and children are living in poverty.

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Hal Breckinridge
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Lil Breckinridge
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Brand
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Stanley Miller
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Ellen Miller
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George Cady
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Hannah Cady
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Mildred Martin
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Luis Romero (as Gonzales-Gonzales)
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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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It's brother against brother ... stripping the southwest's ranch society of its bought respectability !

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19 May 1956 (West Germany)  »

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$1,695,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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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: I'd appreciate if you'd keep my inquiry confidential.
Luis Romero: But naturally, mi amigo. Naturally.
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Soundtracks

Serenade in Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the gathering during the rainstorm
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A Gem Without the 'Fancy Package'
28 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Woke up in the early-AM with the opening credits to this film just rolling on the screen. Tired as I still was, I couldn't take my eyes off of it and watched the whole thing. Beautifully-shot. Script sensitively handles both Van Johnson's character's alcoholism and the familial-strife at its roots - very adept for it's day. Capably acted by all.

And I agree with previous comments: Ruth Roman is someone whose career is deserving of a serious re-visiting. She rarely seemed to get choice parts, but always managed to impress. Indeed, some of the films she was in may have been bad but from what I've seen, SHE was never the reason.

Here is yet another example of a good, solid 1950's film that is wrongfully ignored/neglected for the simple reason that it doesn't star "Marilyn," "Marlon," or "Audrey".


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