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Two Against the World (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 11 July 1936 (USA)
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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(as William McGann)

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(screen play by) (as Michel Jacoby)
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Cast

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Sherry Scott
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Alma Ross
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Edith Carstairs
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Malcolm Sims Jr.
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Jim Carstairs
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Martha Carstairs (as Helen McKellar)
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Cora Latimer
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Tippy Mantus
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Dr. Martin Leavenworth
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Bertram C. Reynolds (as Robert Middlemas)
Clay Clement ...
Mr. Banning
Douglas Wood ...
Malcolm Sims
Virginia Brissac ...
Marion Sims
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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)  »

Also Known As:

One Fatal Hour  »

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The film is known by 3 different titles - Two Against The World, One Fatal Hour and The Case Of Mrs Pembrook. See more »

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Remake of Five Star Final (1931) See more »

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Everything Depends on You
(1935) (uncredited)
Written by Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap and Earl 'Fatha' Hines
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Handsome Bogart, Lousy Acting
2 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

This cheapo remake of the terrific Five Star Final suffers from terrible acting. Humphrey Bogart stars as the manager of a sleazoid radio station that is desperate to boost sagging ratings. The owner decides to have a series of morality plays written about a famous murder case from 20 years ago. So they hire the fake preacher (Harry Hayden) to track down the murderess, who was acquitted and has been living quietly under a fake name. The preacher arrive on the daughter's wedding day, but the ruthless radio station refuses to back off exposing the mother and ruining their lives.

Bogart is always good. Hayden is good the the slimy preacher, and Henry O'Neill is good as the father. Everyone else is just awful. Helen McKeller wins no sympathy (crucial for the role), Linda Perry is a lousy actress, Beverly Roberts is OK but always looks old, Claire Dodd and Hobart Cavanagh have no parts, Carlyle Moore is a dud as the boy friend, Virginia Brissac is miscast as the society mother, Robert Middlemas overacts as the station owner.

This one comes in under an hour but is a pale copy of the original which boasted dynamic performances by Edward G. Robinson, Aline MacMahon, Frances Starr, and Boris Karloff. But it's always worth watching Boagrt.


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