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You Only Live Once (1937)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 January 1937 (USA)
The public defender's secretary and an ex-convict get married and try to make a life together, but a series of disasters sends their lives spiraling out of control.

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Joan Graham
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Eddie Taylor
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Stephen Whitney
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Bonnie Graham
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Father Dolan
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Doctor Hill
Charles 'Chic' Sale ...
Ethan (as Chic Sale)
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Hester
Warren Hymer ...
Buggsy
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Roger (as Guinn Williams)
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Warden Wheeler
Walter De Palma ...
Monk Mendall
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Storyline

Joan is the secretary to the public defender in a large city. She is in love with a career criminal named Eddie, and she believes that he is a basically good person who just had some tough breaks. She uses her influence to get him released early, and he tries to go straight after marrying her, but things don't work out, and they both go on the lam. Written by Tim Horrigan <horrigan@eworld.com>

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He robbed... kidnapped... he murdered... Because of the love of one woman!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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29 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Three Time Loser  »

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$575,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song "A Thousand Dreams of You" was probably played as background music, since the published sheet music cover showed pictures of Sylvia Sidney and Henry Fonda. It is known that Fonda recorded the song on 6 November 1936, but his singing does not appear in the film. See more »

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Joan Graham: We may never find happiness
[says Joan during the escape]
Joan Graham: but we have the right to live.
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Referenced in Amália (2008) See more »

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A Thousand Dreams of You
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Louis Alter
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Gritty Drama
7 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

During the Depression, a young couple goes on the lam after the man is accused of a crime. This gritty drama is an early example of film noir, expertly directed by Lang, the great Expressionist filmmaker, although he sometimes goes overboard with the symbolism. Lang explored similar themes in Fury (with Sidney in a similar role to this), made a year earlier, but this one is better, not marred by the melodrama and overacting of the earlier film. Fonda and Sidney are excellent as the unfortunate couple, helped by a fine supporting cast. Memorable scenes include the escape from prison, tinged with irony, and the finale, as the couple makes a run for the border.


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