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Two Against the World (1936)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  11 July 1936 (USA)
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Martha Carstairs was charged with murder twenty years earlier. Now, as her daughter Edith is about to be married to Malcolm Sims Jr., son of a wealthy industrialist, a sensationalistic ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sherry Scott
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Alma Ross
Linda Perry ...
Edith Carstairs
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Malcolm Sims Jr.
Henry O'Neill ...
Jim Carstairs
Helen MacKellar ...
Martha Carstairs (as Helen McKellar)
Claire Dodd ...
Cora Latimer
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Tippy Mantus
Harry Hayden ...
Dr. Martin Leavenworth
Robert Middlemass ...
Bertram C. Reynolds (as Robert Middlemas)
Clay Clement ...
Mr. Banning
Douglas Wood ...
Malcolm Sims
Virginia Brissac ...
Marion Sims
Paula Stone ...
Miss Symonds
Robert Gordon ...
Herman Mills (as Bobby Gordon)
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Martha Carstairs was charged with murder twenty years earlier. Now, as her daughter Edith is about to be married to Malcolm Sims Jr., son of a wealthy industrialist, a sensationalistic radio station revives interest in the case, leading to the suicide of Martha and her husband. Opposing the station's policy is Sherry Scott, supported by his secretary Alma Ross, "two against the world." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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11 July 1936 (USA)  »

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One Fatal Hour  »

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The play, "Five Star Final," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 30 December 1930 and closed in June 1931 after 175 performances. The opening night cast included Arthur Byron, Berton Churchill and Allen Jenkins. See more »

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Featured in Breakdowns of 1936 (1936) See more »

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Shine On, Harvest Moon
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Nora Bayes
Played when trying out the new radio
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Interesting remake
30 August 2002 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

What a difference five years makes. This remake of "Five Star Final" (1931) came after the repeal of Prohibition and the institution of the Production Code. Consequently, the seedy speakeasy becomes a glossy cocktail bar, and the generally amoral atmosphere of the original acquires a bent to moral condemnation in the remake.

Still, "One Fatal Hour" (as it was titled on TCM) has a lot going for it. It's fast, nasty as Joe Breen would allow, and borrows much of "Five Star Final"'s sharp dialogue. (I think it also borrows the set for the hapless couple's apartment.) Bogart, in a rare pre-1940 lead role, gives a first-rate performance as the news director who struggles against his own principles even as he greenlights a muckraking radio series that will ruin the lives of a rehabilitated murderess and her blameless family. Harry Hayden, as a divinity student-turned-tabloid radio host, actually improves on Boris Karloff's performance in "Five Star Final"; he's charming, genial and deadly. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast is B-level, but watchable.


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