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You and Me (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance | 3 June 1938 (USA)
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
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Taxi, Tough Lothario (as Guinn Williams)
Carol Paige ...
Torch Singer
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Mrs. Abie Levine aka Mama
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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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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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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Connections

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Soundtracks

Knocking Song
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Devised by Phil Boutelje
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Great Film Noir
15 November 2004 | by (Beltsville, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best film starring George Raft. Many character actors also show up at different parts of the films such as Greta Granstedt, Ellen Drew, George E. Stone, Bob Cummings, Barton MacLane, and others. Although the film gets a bit campy at times, this is first class entertainment. And Sylvia Sidney is a real peach !!!

I am a great fan of the late director Fritz Lang. My very favorite film from him is the science fiction classic "Metropolis". A close second is "Frau I'm Monde". Other great films are "M", "Woman in the Window", and "1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse". This film with the music of Kurt Weill and the way the various characters are developed in the context of the modern workplace and the struggle to find happiness and thrive in a fast-paced society makes this one of Fritz Lang's best dramas.

Dan Basinger


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