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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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Cast

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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Sound Mix:

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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Alcoholics Anonymous, the Hollywood treatment
14 April 2005 | by macataqueSee all my reviews

i saw this film before i got sober, remembered it & got another chance to see it after i got sober; i recall distinctly Richard Egan, after slipping into alcoholic despair again miraculously sobering up, seemingly instantly cured of drink & sober -- even after having drank! The director, Harry Keller, is the hack Universal's producers gave "Touch of Evil" to after they threw Orson Welles off the project; anyway, "Voice in the Mirror" just doesn't smack of real, coming across as if Nancy Davis Reagan had directed -- "Just say 'No'"; it is NOT how AA began, only a gussied-up version, the way Hollywood does things; i don't think it was made to help people, for drunks to get sober; it was made to make money in 1958, and must have given people odd ideas about AA & alcoholism; today, it is rarely screened & rightly so being a very mediocre oddity, solely for the curious -- i'd like to waste another coupla hours seeing it again.


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