The Bottom of the Bottle (Beyond the River)
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The Bottom of the Bottle (Beyond the River)
Two brothers face their personal demons in this crime melodrama. Donald Martin (Van Johnson) is an alcoholic criminal who has escaped from prison and needs help crossing the Mexican border to freedom. Desperate, he arrives at the ranch of his lawyer brother Martin (Joseph Cotten). Martin has little respect for his brother and would prefer his neighbors not know he's housing a fugitive, so he tries to convince people that Donald is actually someone else. Donald is crushed by his brother's shame and rejection, and, after a drinking binge, he decides that he should try to make the journey… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Involving mix of thriller and personal drama, with vivid photography and color."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It's as if Joseph Cotton sent out his shirts to get starched and forgot to get out of them. Roman, though, is terrific. As for the ending, it's very schmaltzy Hollywood -- and very little Simenon."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
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