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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alma Ross
Edith Carstairs
Malcolm Sims Jr.
Jim Carstairs
Helen MacKellar ...
Martha Carstairs (as Helen McKellar)
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
Miss Symonds
Robert Gordon ...
Herman Mills (as Bobby Gordon)


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 Turner library print was titled "One Fatal Hour" and ran only 56 minutes; many of the actors in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in their print. These included Ferdinand Schumann-Heink, Milton Kibbee, Paul Regan, Jack McHugh, Charles E. Evans, Edward Peil Sr., Bill Elliott and Emmett Vogan. Some of these actors may have supplied several offscreen voices in the movie. It is not known if some of these actors appeared in the uncut print. See more »


Remake of Five Star Final (1931) See more »


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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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