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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 »


Gordon Douglas


Ivan Goff (screen play), Ben Roberts (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




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


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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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 »


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This is one of Cagney's best films
6 August 2005 | by byoolivesSee all my reviews

I am not surprised to find only two previous comments about this very good film. Sadly,I have not seen it it many years, as it seems to have disappeared. My most vivid memory is about two particular scenes. The first is between Cagney and his boss (Raymond Massey). When Massey virtually orders Cagney to sober is young nephew up, Cagney replies "can't be done" . When the boss inquires why ? he is told that the drunk must first hear the sound of "angel feathers" . The feathers he relates, is the fear of death. The other scene is the one in which Cagney meets the young nephew who's name is Boyd (played by Gig Young). While completely drunk and laying down on a bed (couch ?) in Cagney's apartment, the two men engage in some banter, whereby Cagney keeps referring to his guest as Boydeee. The nephew having enough of Cagney's mispronunciation, informs him that if he calls him Boydee one more time, he will knock his block off! Cagney then informs him, that he is drunk and that he will knock nobody's block off. This last line is delivered with a smile and style that only the great Cagney was capable of. Upon hearing Cagney's reply, the nephew agrees with a smile of his own and then doses off to sleep. While watching the oncoming sleep, Cagney's expression changes from a smile to a face of concern and something else. The something else may be anger,disgust and or fear. But whatever it is, it in itself sets the tone for the rest of the film. And that look which once again, only Cagney could deliver, tells the audience that someone is in for a great deal of trouble, and part of the trouble is that Cagney doesn't know who is in for the worst of it.

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Release Date:

24 October 1951 (USA) See more »

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Veneno implacable See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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