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5 September 1960 (Sweden) See more »
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A handsome and successful young doctor returns to his home town in New England to see his dying friend for one last time... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Burton ... Dr. Guy Montford

Barbara Rush ... Margaret 'Mar' McFie

Jack Carson ... Bert Mosley

Angie Dickinson ... Fran

James Dunn ... Stew Schaeffer

Henry Jones ... Parker Welk

Tom Drake ... Larry McFie
Frank Conroy ... Dr. Sol Kelsey

Carl Benton Reid ... Sam McFie
Patricia Crest ... Betsy
William Hansen ... Father Bannon

Philip Coolidge ... Colin Eustis

Russ Conway ... Sheriff Larson Witt
Joan Potter ... Ida Primmer
Bern Hoffman ... Pico Salazar
Grandon Rhodes ... Judge Manning
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Henry Beckman ... Bill Watts (uncredited)
Booth Colman ... Dr. Peterford (uncredited)
Pearl S. Cooper ... Mrs. Manning (uncredited)

Billy M. Greene ... Willy (uncredited)
Rand Harper ... State Trooper (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... State Trooper (uncredited)
Edwin Jerome ... Dr. Pastene (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... Mr. Columbo (uncredited)

Nestor Paiva ... Pete Madruga (uncredited)

Barbara Pepper ... Polly Welk (uncredited)

George Selk ... Clerk (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Mrs. Brendel (uncredited)
Joseph Sullivan ... Pat (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Foreman (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Petrie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Mergendahl  novel
Milton Sperling 
Philip Yordan 

Produced by
Leon Chooluck .... associate producer
Milton Sperling .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard 
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
Art Direction by
Jack Poplin  (as John S. Poplin)
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Ruby Felker .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Tillie Starriett .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director
John Prettyman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Goldman .... props (uncredited)
Al Hurley .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Warren E. Boes .... best boy (uncredited)
Elmer Faubion .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Paul Garnett .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Lee Wilson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Albert .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Bob Richards .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
George Flarrety .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor
Other crew
William L. Hendricks .... publicist (uncredited)

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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
High Gloss Trash, 1 October 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When you have the classical training that Richard Burton had you can make some of the worst tripe sound as profound as the classics. But even he had trouble with The Bramble Bush which is a third class ripoff of Peyton Place.

Burton is cast as a doctor in The Bramble Bush gone back to his Peyton Place like New England town on a consultation. A good friend from childhood, Tom Drake, is dying of incurable Hodgkin's Disease and he'd like for Burton to put an end to him in a humane manner. So would Drake's wife Barbara Rush so she can move on. Burton helps with her problem as well.

And he's also helping nurse Angie Dickinson with her situation as well. Angie's involved with bottom feeding lawyer Jack Carson and later on bottom of the ocean feeding city editor Henry Jones learns about the two of them. Angie would much prefer Burton and Burton obliges as best he can.

James Dunn's character is totally unexplained. Burton has a visceral hatred for him because he found him in bed with his mother back in the day as a kid. But why Dunn is trying to push himself in Burton's company is totally up in the air. Dunn does a good job as an alcoholic, sad to say in real life as well.

What might have been an interesting film on euthanasia instead becomes a trashy soap opera in The Bramble Bush. A whole cast of some really good players is wasted here.

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