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The Bottom of the Bottle

The Bottom of the Bottle(1956)

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Brief Synopsis

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 as an old friend, and is kept busy trying to make sure old Donald doesn't find anything harder that ginger ale to drink. Donald gets a telephone call telling him that his family has gone from dire straits to destitution and when P.M. won't get some money to them through his contacts in the Mexico side of Nogales, Donald knocks him down and grabs a couple of bottles of whiskey and dashes out of the house into the rain.

Cast & Crew

Henry Hathaway Director
Van Johnson Donald Martin, also known as Eric Bell
Joseph Cotten Pat "P.M." Martin
Ruth Roman Nora Martin
Jack Carson Hal Breckenridge
Margaret Hayes Lil Breckenridge
Brad Dexter Stanley Miller
Peggy Knudsen Ellen Miller
Jim Davis George Cady
Margaret Lindsay Hannah Cady
Nancy Gates Mildred Martin
Gonzales-Gonzales Luis Romero
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1956 Production Date:  [CinemaScope]
EBX; UCLA has VHS (b/w - scanned) P-VA1283M and 35mm (Scope/color?) R-A1-409-2, M26198; AFI*
Color/B&W:  Color (DeLuxe) Distributions Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Duration(mins):  88 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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