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You and Me (1938)

 -  Crime | Romance  -  3 June 1938 (USA)
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An altruistic department-store owner hires ex-convicts in order to give them a second chance at life. Unfortunately, one of the convicts he hires recruits two of his fellow ex-convicts in a plan to rob the store.

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Helen Dennis
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Joe Dennis
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Jim
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Mickey Bain
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Cuffy
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Jerome Morris
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Patsy
Warren Hymer ...
Gil Carter aka Gimpy
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Taxi, Tough Lothario (as Guinn Williams)
Carol Paige ...
Torch Singer
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Mrs. Abie Levine aka Mama
Bernadene Hayes ...
Nellie
Egon Brecher ...
Abie Levine
Paula DeCardo ...
Cigarette Girl
Harriette Haddon ...
Cigarette Girl
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Storyline

Mr. Morris, the owner of a large metropolitan department store, gives jobs to paroled ex-convicts in an effort to help them reform and go straight. Among his 'employed-prison-graduates' are Helen Roberts and Joe Dennis, working as sales clerks. Joe is in love with Helen and asks her to marry him, but she is forbidden to marry as she is still on parole, but she says yes and they are married. In spite of their poverty-level life, their marriage is a happy one until Joe discovers she has lied about her past, in order to marry him. Disillusioned, he leaves, goes back to his old gang and plans to rob the department store. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Every time she says "I Love You"... she breaks the law!

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3 June 1938 (USA)  »

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Casamento Proibido  »

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Trivia

The author of the original story, Norman Krasna, saw "You and Me" as an opportunity to direct, bot original stars George Raft and Carole Lombard objected. Raft was suspended and by the time he was reassigned, Sylvia Sydney had replaced Lombard with Richard Wallace as director. Sydney, who had starred in Fritz Lang's first two American films, successfully lobbied to have Lang replace him. See more »

Quotes

Helen Dennis: The big shots aren't little crooks like you. They're politicians.
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Song of the Cash Register
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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A real oddity
22 May 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This collaboration by Fritz Lang and Kurt Weill is one of the oddest films ever made. It's part gangster story, part comedy, part soap opera, part leftist propaganda...and part musical! Perhaps Weill was trying to find the cinematic equivalent of what he did in the theater with Bertolt Brecht. In any event, the experiment is a failure but a noble failure and in parts quite interesting. It's definitely worthy seeing for two montages set to rhythmic voiceover narration, for Sylvia Sidney's sympathetic performance and for the fact that you'll never see anything else quite like it.


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