The Bramble Bush (1960)

Genres - Drama, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

In this high-gloss soap opera (not dissimilar to the then-popular Peyton Place), Guy (Richard Burton) is a doctor who returns to the New England town where he grew up to help care for his good friend Larry (Tom Drake), who is dying of Hodgkins Disease. Guy gets to know Larry's wife Margaret (Barbara Rush), and a strong attraction quickly develops between them; before long, they're having an affair. His betrayal of his friend notwithstanding, Guy is deeply upset by Larry's rapid decline into illness; when it becomes obvious that Larry cannot be saved, Guy cuts off his life support to end Larry's suffering. Guy is then arrested for murder, as the police believe that he killed Larry to marry his wife, who is now carrying Guy's baby. Fran (Angie Dickinson) is a nurse who was attracted to, and spurned by, Guy; while she harbors bitterness against him, she also knows that Guy's actions were well-intended. Fran falls into an affair with Bert (Jack Carson), a local political figure who wants to see Guy behind bars. Bert persuades Fran to pose for a set of nude photos, and he then gives them to newspaper editor Parker Welk (Henry Jones) as blackmail to keep her quiet about Guy's innocent intentions and Bert's infidelity. The film was based on a best-selling novel by Charles Mergendahl.



assisted-suicide, betrayal, doctor/nurse, false-accusation, friendship, killing, love, love-triangle, terminal-illness