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You and Me (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Romance | 10 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.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Virginia Van Upp (screen play by), Norman Krasna (based on a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Sidney ... Helen Roberts
George Raft ... Joe Dennis
Barton MacLane ... Mickey
Harry Carey ... Mr. Morris
Roscoe Karns ... Cuffy
George E. Stone ... Patsy
Warren Hymer ... Gimpy Carter
Robert Cummings ... Jim
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Knucks
Roger Gray ... Bath House
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Morris
Vera Gordon ... Mrs. Levine
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Mr. Levine
Willard Robertson ... Dayton
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Taxi (as Guinn Williams)
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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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Two great dramatic stars bring you the story of love on parole! (original print ad) See more »


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Trivia

This film failed at the box office, and director Fritz Lang called it "my first real flop" in a 2003 biography. See more »

Quotes

Helen Dennis: It isn't you, and it isn't me. It's you and me.
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Connections

Referenced in The Phantom (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Knocking Song
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Devised by Phil Boutelje
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Sinister Screwball
11 August 2001 | by sba71See all my reviews

Often Lang is able to interject his paranoid vision of the world -- with strange camera angles, romantic intrigues and suspicions, and farce. But just as frequently one feels the prudishness of thirties' Hollywood, forcing love, mercy, and optimism to rise implausibly from the traps the characters set for themselves. By turns subversive and banal. Worth seeing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1938 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$789,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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