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Come Fill the Cup (1951)

Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan. After six years on the wagon he gets his job back and devotes himself to other recovering ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Ivan Goff (screen play), Ben Roberts (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Lew Marsh
Phyllis Thaxter ... Paula Copeland
Raymond Massey ... John Ives
James Gleason ... Charley Dolan
Gig Young ... Boyd S. Copeland
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Dolly Copeland
Larry Keating ... Julian Cuscaden
Charlita Charlita ... Maria Diego
Sheldon Leonard ... Lennie Garr
Douglas Spencer ... Ike Bashaw
John Kellogg ... Don Bell
William Bakewell ... Hal Ortman
John Alvin ... Travis Ashbourne - Reporter
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Storyline

Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan. After six years on the wagon he gets his job back and devotes himself to other recovering alcoholics. His boss enlists his help to sober up his nephew, Boyd Copeland, who has married Lew's old sweetheart. Boyd, who is involved with a cabaret singer and the mob, presents quite a challenge. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Veneno implacable See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Charley Dolan: Hey Lew, I been thinking. Seems to me it's time you start and use your mind like the you've been using your body, I mean, do what you're meant to do, write for the newspapers.
Lew Marsh: Forget it Charley, after you drunk yourself off of three newspapers, the word goes out over the wire: Lew Marsh is through, Lew Marsh is poison, Lew Marsh tickles, no I like it this way, fine. Just the way things are, fine.
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Referenced in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Blanke's Concerto
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Heindorf
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Massey: "Lew, it took me 50 years to reach the age of 21." Cagney: "Shake hands with a kid of 19."
18 December 2006 | by brujay-1See all my reviews

This is a far too seldom televised Cagney picture, made in his more mature years. Cagney is top-notch as an alcoholic reporter finally scared enough by the threat of death ("Angel feathers," his reformed alcoholic savior James Gleason tells him) to go on the wagon. He's enlisted by his publisher boss Raymond Massey to mentor--basically slap some sense into-- Massey's incipient alcoholic nephew, Gig Young. The plot is rather work-a-day, and Cagney is all too dynamic for a recovering alcoholic; he never convinces us that being dry is agony. Moreover, it shows none of the stark horror of alcoholism better dramatized in The Lost Weekend or Days of Wine and Roses. Yet the script is taut and it's always a treat to watch Cagney at work. And James Gleason, one of the most personable of character actors, was never better. Watch his expectant face as he tries his daily attempt at a pseudo Bloody Mary on his roommate, Cagney. "Still tomato juice," they say in unison.


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