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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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Budget:

$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

First film of Jack Carson. 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 »

Soundtracks

A Thousand Dreams of You
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Louis Alter
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One of the most intense and captivating films ever seen.
29 October 2002 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

This film is the perfect definition of a masterpiece. A good story (not so different from others of the same period) perfectly developed by Lang, restless, intense, beautifully played by the characters, with a memorable end.

I will always remember the image of Henry Fonda (outstanding as ever!) blaming of his fate to Sylvia Sydney just by looking at her and framed by the little window of the visiting room of the prison; it reminded me to the speechless films of Lang where all the dialogues were replaced by the looking of the characters. No words and so much being told: pure art.


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