The Bramble Bush

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Overloaded New England soap-opera supposedly about a mercy killing, but the film becomes too embroiled in the sex lives of its characters to do the serious euthanasia subject justice. Burton plays the doctor who returns to his hometown to care for friend Drake who is dying of Hodgkin's Disease. While treating his friend, Burton finds time to have an affair...read more

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Overloaded New England soap-opera supposedly about a mercy killing, but the film becomes too embroiled in the sex lives of its characters to do the serious euthanasia subject justice. Burton plays the doctor who returns to his hometown to care for friend Drake who is dying of Hodgkin's

Disease. While treating his friend, Burton finds time to have an affair with the ill man's wife, Rush, who becomes pregnant. Not being able to watch his pal's suffering, Burton pulls the plug on his patient, killing him. The town is in an uproar over the incident and accuses the doctor of murder.

It is obvious to the authorities that he bumped off Drake so that he could have Rush to himself. Burton is arrested and brought to trial. Meanwhile, nurse Dickinson, whose affections have been spurned by Burton, falls into an affair with Carson, a local politician. She is then forced to pose for

nude photos taken by the town's newspaper editor, Jones, when he threatens to blow the whistle on the affair, which would ruin Carson politically. Burton is eventually cleared of the murder charge and is reunited with Rush. Okay acting, though Burton seems uncomfortable playing a New England

doctor. Good cinematography by Ballard and decent direction that somehow keeps the whole thing from becoming totally ridiculous. (The subject of euthanasia is better treated in AN ACT OF MURDER, 1948, with Fredric March.)

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