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Two Against the World (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 11 July 1936 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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(screen play by) (as Michel Jacoby)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sherry Scott
... Alma Ross
... Edith Carstairs
... Malcolm Sims Jr.
... Jim Carstairs
... Martha Carstairs (as Helen McKellar)
... Cora Latimer
... Tippy Mantus
... Dr. Martin Leavenworth
... Bertram C. Reynolds (as Robert Middlemas)
Clay Clement ... Mr. Banning
Douglas Wood ... Malcolm Sims
... Marion Sims
... Miss Symonds
Robert Gordon ... Herman Mills (as Bobby Gordon)
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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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One Fatal Hour  »

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The film is known by 3 different titles - Two Against The World, One Fatal Hour and The Case Of Mrs Pembrook. See more »

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Remake of Five Star Final (1931) See more »

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Shine On, Harvest Moon
(1908) (uncredited)
Music by Nora Bayes
Played when trying out the new radio
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Fast-moving and incisive comic-tragedy
25 August 2002 | by See 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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