One Too Many (December, 1950)

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One Too Many
 

Released in December, 1950: A small town family battles with an alcoholic mother with the help of the town bartender.

Produced by Kroger Babb

Directed by Earl C. Kenton

The Actors: Ruth Warrick (Helen Mason and Helen Leroy Lintz), Richard Travis (Bob Mason), Ginger Prince (Ginger Mason), Rhys Williams (Michael H. 'Sully' Sullivan), William Tracy (Billy Leighton), Onslow Stevens (Doctor Foster), Mary Young (Mrs. Sullivan), Thurston Hall (Publisher Kenneth Simes), Larry J. Blake (Walt Williams), Victor Kilian (Frank J. Emery), Buzzy Bookman (Johnny Emery), Cecil Elliott (Minnie the barmaid), Luther Crockett (the minister), Gilbert Fallman (the priest), Lester Sharpe (Rabbi Kaplin), Lelah Tyler (Mrs. Adams), Louis Da Pron (Louis da Proma), The Harmonaires (musical group), Ern Westmore (Em Westmore), Carlos Molina (Carlos Molina, orchestra leader), George Eldredge (city editor Harry), Roy Butler (beer fancier), Harry Hines (whiskey fancier), Robert Malcolm (Police Sergeant Malcomson), Jack Reitzen (sherry fancier), Danny Rense (policeman), Bill Baldwin (director of Newhope), William Kahn (barfly drunk), Helen Spring (Mrs. Johnson), Sara Perry (liquor store woman), Eddie Parker (motorcycle officer), Tony Layng (ambulance driver), Claire James (nurse), Jane Hampton (nurse), Herman Scharff (news hawker), Lyle Talbot (Mr. Boyer), Harry Stanton (Harry B. Harrison), Richard Alexander (truck driver drinking coke), James Conaty (nightclub benefit atendee), George Magrill (truck driver drinking coca cola), Suzanne Ridgway (nightclub benefit atendee)

 

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One's Too Many, A Thousand Isn't Enough

Stories with a social message have been with us since the beginning of time. I remember in the late 1960's watching William Shatner in Star Trek and enjoying the science fiction immensely . . . and I also remember watching re-runs years later and realizing that the problem between the Enterprise and aliens that were very different from humans was a lesson in tolerance or bigotry that I never saw the first time I watched the show as a young teen. Other famous television shows that often carried a social message flood to mind, including Little House on the Prairie, The Cosby Show, Dr. Welby, M.D. . . . heck, as I remember the re-runs of Leave it to Beaver I can remember the life lessons that the little Beaver or Wally was learning. Substance abuse has been a problem for many of us since the beginning of time, whether it is food, booze, or any other thing in life that we can become obsessive about. The great thing about this movie about drunks is so well done that I found myself fully engrossed in the story . . . while it is definitely a message about alcohol abuse, the story is so well done that the 'preaching' is almost imperceptible. And the filming has some very cool parts . . . the scene where the mama drives drunk with her little girl in the car beside her is filmed as well as any chase scene in a James Bond movie . . . I felt like I was in the car with them and felt the dangers of crashing. Akron, Ohio in the early 1900's was home to rubber manufacturing and home to all of the big tire companies like Goodyear and others. In 1935 Doctor Bob Smith and Bill Wilson formed a club . . . no, they formed an organization . . . . no, that isn't right either . . . they formed a 'fellowship' - a loose group of friends dedicated to helping each other avoid alcohol. Along with it came twelve steps to changing their lives, quite apart from alcohol, a way to become a better person. Really cool stuff actually, even if alcohol isn't your demon. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it (heh, that is MY demon. . . ) and enjoy the show.

Buzzy Bookman and Ginger Prince
Buzzy Bookman and Ginger Prince
Cecil Elliott
Cecil Elliott
Ginger Prince and Ruth Warrick
Ginger Prince and Ruth Warrick
Ginger Prince
Ginger Prince
Ginger Prince
Ginger Prince
Larry J. Blake
Larry J. Blake
Lyle Talbot
Lyle Talbot
Mary Young
Mary Young
Rhys Williams and Cecil Elliott
Rhys Williams and Cecil Elliott
Rhys Williams
Rhys Williams
Richard Travis and Ruth Warrick
Richard Travis and Ruth Warrick
Richard Travis and William Tracy
Richard Travis and William Tracy
Richard Travis
Richard Travis
Ruth Warrick and Eddie Parker
Ruth Warrick and Eddie Parker
Ruth Warrick sings
Ruth Warrick sings
Ruth Warrick
Ruth Warrick
the boys get fired from their job
the 1950 newspaper mobile station wagon
The Harmonaires
The Harmonaires
Thurston Hall
Thurston Hall
Thurston Hall
Thurston Hall
Victor Killian
Victor Killian
William Tracy and Richard Travis
William Tracy and Richard Travis
William Tracy
William Tracy
Ruth Warrick at the piano
Ruth Warrick at the piano