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Two Against the World (1936)

A radio network manager's boss makes him air a Serial based on a murder, tormenting a woman involved.

Directors:

William C. McGann (as William McGann), William C. McGann

Writer:

Michael Jacoby (screen play by) (as Michel Jacoby)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Humphrey Bogart ... Sherry Scott
Beverly Roberts ... Alma Ross
Linda Perry ... Edith Carstairs
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Malcolm Sims Jr.
Henry O'Neill ... Jim Carstairs
Helen MacKellar ... Martha Carstairs (as Helen McKellar)
Claire Dodd ... Cora Latimer
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Tippy Mantus
Harry Hayden ... Dr. Martin Leavenworth
Robert Middlemass ... Bertram C. Reynolds (as Robert Middlemas)
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Mr. Banning
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Malcolm Sims
Virginia Brissac ... Marion Sims
Paula Stone ... Miss Symonds
Robert Gordon Robert Gordon ... Herman Mills (as Bobby Gordon)
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Storyline

Martha Carstairs was charged with murder twenty years earlier. Now, as her daughter Edith is about to be married to Malcolm Sims Jr., son of a wealthy industrialist, a sensationalistic radio station revives interest in the case, leading to the suicide of Martha and her husband. Opposing the station's policy is Sherry Scott, supported by his secretary Alma Ross, "two against the world." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Fatal Hour See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Debut film of Linda Perry See more »

Goofs

When Sherry Scott is discussing hiring Dr. Leavenworth, the positioning of his hands change dramatically between shots. See more »

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Featured in Breakdowns of 1936 (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Here's Looking at You
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Music by M.K. Jerome
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Fast-moving and incisive comic-tragedy
25 August 2002 | by turk_182See all my reviews

I saw this last night on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I had never heard of it before, and was quite surprised to find it so engrossing.

Bogart does a star turn as a city-wise cynical editor who reluctantly goes along with his greedy radio-network boss in this incisive "B" programmer. About 12 years before he played similar city-wise cynics to perfection in movies like Deadline USA, Knock On Any Door, The Barefoot Contessa, and The Harder They Fall, Bogie already had the star qualities down pat.

In order to boost ratings, and bring their somewhat high-brow programming to a more popular level, WUBC, "the Voice of America", pushes a tell-all radio mini-series about a woman who was acquitted 20 years ago by a plea of self-defense of killing her husband. Not willing to be discreet in order to save the woman's and her husband's reputations, the station uses underhanded methods to reveal all to all listeners, and as luridly as possible.

As a time capsule, I also found it very illuminating of male-female mores in the workplace in the mid-1930's. Although beyond Henry O'Neill, I'm unfamiliar with the supporting cast, the players were uniformly excellent, and the direction was taut.

If you like this kind of movie at all (e.g., A Face In The Crowd, An Inspector Calls, etc.), don't miss the opportunity to see this one.


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