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Voice in the Mirror (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 23 December 1958 (UK)
Jim Burton has become a chronic alcoholic since the death of his young daughter, and is cared for by hard-working wife. A doctor's warning that Jim could become mentally ill strikes enough ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Keller

Writer:

Lawrence B. Marcus (as Larry Marcus)
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Complete credited cast:
Richard Egan ... Jim Burton
Julie London ... Ellen Burton
Walter Matthau ... Dr. Leon Karnes
Troy Donahue ... Paul Cunningham
Harry Bartell ... Harry Graham
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Mrs. Harriet Cunningham - Paul's Mother
Ann Doran ... Mrs. Devlin
Mae Clarke ... Mrs. Robbins
Max Showalter ... Don Martin (as Casey Adams)
Hugh Sanders ... A.W. Hornsby
Ken Lynch ... Frank - Bartender
Doris Singleton ... Liz Perkins
Dave Barry ... Quintet Pianist
Alan Dexter ... Bartender
Arthur O'Connell ... William R. 'Bill' Tobin
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Jim Burton has become a chronic alcoholic since the death of his young daughter, and is cared for by hard-working wife. A doctor's warning that Jim could become mentally ill strikes enough fear into him that he really wants to cure himself, but he can't. One night, he meets William Tobin, a fellow drunk, and finds that he helps himself by trying to help Tobin. Thus is born, amid setbacks, a group resembling Alcoholics Anonymous. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"You can't do anything for the craving - so don't waste your time!" See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Stimme im Spiegel See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Dr. Leon Karnes: Why does Ellen keep bringing you around here? What does she expect a few cc's of vitamins to do?
Jim Burton: Ellen's a girl that lives by faith.
Dr. Leon Karnes: And you?
[he scoffs]
Jim Burton: I miss your bedside manner, Leon.
Dr. Leon Karnes: Well make a payment on the bill and I'll see what I can do.
Dr. Leon Karnes: I didn't mean that. Boy, what you do to me. You know I'm really a very nice fella. You should hear me on the phone at three o'clock in the morning soothing some poor old hypochondriac; gentle, kindly, understanding. But you?
Dr. Leon Karnes: The Case history of the two...
[...]
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VOICE IN THE MIRROR
Written by Bobby Troup and Julie London
Sung behind credits by Julie London
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Age Old Problem
13 August 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

This is a look back at a big problem for the past generation and future generations. This particular story takes place in 1958, with Richard Egan,(Jim Burton) who gradually started drinking and over the years his metabolism went nuts and he hit rock bottom. However, his wife Julie London,(Ellen Burton), loved Jim very much and was patient with him up until a point in their marriage. Unfortunately, everyone suffers when there is a boozer in the family and the only solution is that the victim seeks help on his own and then goes to a Higher Power and gets into a 12 step program. This is basically what this film is about, except the fact that anyone can play the role that Richard Egan played in this picture by just trying to drink himself to death and hurting everyone else around him or her and especially the children growing up, Please stop.


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