Don Birnam, “The Lost Weekend”
The first Hollywood movie to deal seriously with alcoholism is also one of the best movies on the subject ever made. The principle here is played by Ray Milland, a washed-up writer who’s got the shakes so bad he’s seeing bats (shades of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”). In the movie’s most famous sequence, he pawns his formerly beloved typewriter for money to buy hooch.
Doctor Sanada, “Drunken Angel”
Akira Mifune under his wing, but not even a stone sober doctor can save somebody who doesn’t want to be saved.