Come Fill the Cup

Come Fill the Cup is a 1951 film starring James Cagney and Gig Young, directed by Gordon Douglas. Young's performance was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe.

Come Fill the Cup
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGordon Douglas
Produced byHenry Blanke
Screenplay byIvan Goff
Ben Roberts
Based onCome, Fill the Cup
by Harlan Ware
StarringJames Cagney
Phyllis Thaxter
Gig Young
Raymond Massey
James Gleason
Music byRay Heindorf
CinematographyRobert Burks
Edited byAlan Crosland Jr.
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 24, 1951 (1951-10-24)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States

Cagney plays an alcoholic newspaperman. He has a memorable line, "Don't you see? I am home," in response to the query, "Why don't you go home?" at two points in the film, once near the beginning when he is drinking; once at the end when he is at work.


Lew Marsh is a good newspaper reporter with a bad habit; he drinks too much and is fired. He also loses the woman he loves, colleague Paula Arnold, after passing out drunk one day in the street.

An ex-alcoholic, Charley Dolan, takes pity on Lew, offering him a room at his apartment and finding him a job with a construction crew. Lew is tempted to have a drink when he learns that Paula has married another man, Boyd Copeland, the nephew of Lew's former boss at the newspaper, John Ives.

Ives gives the newly sober Lew a second chance at the paper. Many months pass, during which time Lew not only remains sober but is helpful to others with the same weakness. This comes to the attention of Ives, who is worried about Boyd's increased drinking.

Lew learns that Boyd has been unfaithful to Paula, taking up with a singer named Maria who is loved by a jealous gangster named Garr. To help, Lew invites Boyd to come live with Charley and him. He also helps the lonely Paula return to work for the newspaper, secretly hoping that she will fall in love with him again.

Garr and a henchman rig a car in a bid to murder Boyd, but end up killing Charley by mistake. A depressed Boyd feels responsible and tries to commit suicide. Boyd gets in touch with Maria, but they are being followed by Garr and another thug. At gunpoint, Boyd and Lew are ordered to drink by Garr, who intends to make their murders look accidental, but they get the upper hand on Garr and it is the mobster who is killed.

Boyd is able to persuade Paula to give their marriage another try. Lew is pleased for them, satisfied to be sober and working again.



The film earned an estimated $1.9 million in US theatrical rentals in 1951.[1]

Awards and nominations


  1. 'Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952.
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