|ONE TOO MANY (MIXED-UP WOMEN) (director: Erle C. Kenton; screenwriters: Mildred A. Horn/Malcolm Stuart Boylan/story by Kroger Babb; cinematographer: Carl Berger; editor: Edward Mann music: Bert Shefter; cast: Ruth Warrick (Helen Mason), Richard Travis (Bob Mason), Rhys Williams (Michael H. 'Sully' Sullivan), Mary Young (Mrs. Sullivan), Victor Kilian (Frank Emory), William Tracy (Billy Leighton), Onslow Stevens (Dr. Foster), Thurston Hall (Kenneth Simes), Ginger Prince (Ginger Mason), Lyle Talbot (Mr. Boyer), Louis Da Pron (Dancer); Runtime: 110; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Kroger Babb; Sinister /Hallmark Entertainment; 1950)|
filmed as a bleak soap opera, it comes with a
by Dennis Schwartz
title refers to an alcohol problem for a former
classical pianist who is now a housewife (Ruth
Warrick). Her life is destroyed until saved by
Anonymous. Warwick's realistic
performance makes the film watchable. Forgotten
journeyman director Erle C. Kenton ("House
of Dracula"/"House of Frankenstein"/"Island of Lost
Souls") is known for some good horror films, as well
as many schlock films. In his last film, he does an
adequate job putting together this social message
film. Though filmed as a bleak soap opera, it
comes with a happy ending.
story was written by schlocky horror producer Kroger
Travis plays Ruth's reporter husband. Rhys Williams
plays a bartender, who is an AA-member supporting Ruth
in her effort to recover. Thurston
Hall plays Robert's stuffy newspaper boss, who
has no tolerance for those with drinking problems
until he sees the light.
Scariest moment in the pic has Ruth in the "psycho ward" in a straitjacket.
REVIEWED ON 9/19/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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