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You Only Live Once (1937)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  29 January 1937 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Joan Graham
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Eddie Taylor
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Stephen Whitney
Jean Dixon ...
Bonnie Graham
William Gargan ...
Father Dolan
Jerome Cowan ...
Doctor Hill
Charles 'Chic' Sale ...
Ethan (as Chic Sale)
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Hester
Warren Hymer ...
Buggsy
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
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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Release Date:

29 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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 »

Goofs

At c.77 minutes Bonnie exclaims "She's cute!" as she looks at Joan's baby. But only moments before Bonnie was told that the baby is a boy. See more »

Quotes

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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Edited into Dillinger (1945) See more »

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A Thousand Dreams of You
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Louis Alter
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A superb commentary on the American judicial system and the romantic couple.
2 March 2004 | by (Ithaca NY) – See all my reviews

This film stands the test of time as the story of a man trying to become someone else and a woman's loss of faith in justice. Lang's comment on the difficulty of the romantic couple may stem from his former wife's transition to a Nazi, but the strong relationship between Eddie and Joan is both beautiful and disturbing. This film is meticulously shot, with perfect casting (who knew Henry Fonda was ever young?). It's always enjoyable to watch the old Hollywood movies with no blood, and very strange looking kisses.... Superb example of a Lang film and film noir. Worth watching on DVD for a quality restoration.


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