Come Fill the Cup (1951): Drama, Starring James Cagney and Gig Young in Oscar-Nominated Performance

In the social-problem drama, Come Fill the Cup, James Cagney plays Lew Marsh, a great newspaper reporter, who is ruined by liquor, hitting the skids.

Helped by a reformed alcoholic, Charlie Dolan (James Gleason), Lew pulls himself out of the gutter and restores his reputation.

Due to his successful recovery, Lew is asked by his editor to straighten out his drunken nephew (Gig Young).

Complicating matters is the fact that the nephew’s wife (Phyllis Thaxter) is Lew’s former girlfriend.

The nephew’s involvement with gangsters results in the death of Dolan, but Lew contains his rage, vanquishes the crooks, and puts the nephew on the right track.

“Come Fill the Cup” is too soft to be effective as a serious problem drama, but it is well acted throughout, especially by Gig Young, who received a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work.


Oscar Nominations: 1

Supporting Actor: Gig Young

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Supporting Actor Oscar was Karl Malden for “A Streetcar Named Desire.”




Running time: 113 Minutes.

Directed by Gordon Douglas

Released: October 24, 1951



James Cagney as Lew Marsh

Phyllis Thaxter as Paula Copeland

Raymond Massey as John Ives

James Gleason as Charley Dolan

Gig Young as Boyd Copeland

Selena Royle as Dolly Copeland

Larry Keating as Julian Cuscaden

Charlita as Maria Diego

Sheldon Leonard as Lennie Garr

Douglas Spencer as Ike Bashaw

John Kellogg as Don Bell