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You and Me (1938)

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), Norman Krasna (based on a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvia Sidney ... Helen Dennis
George Raft ... Joe Dennis
Harry Carey ... Jerome Morris
Barton MacLane ... Mickey Bain
Roscoe Karns ... Cuffy
Warren Hymer ... Gimpy
George E. Stone ... Patsy
Robert Cummings ... Jim
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Knucks
Roger Gray Roger Gray ... Bath House
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Morris
Vera Gordon ... Mrs. Levins
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Mr. Levins
Willard Robertson ... Dayton
Paula DeCardo Paula DeCardo ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casamento Proibido See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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: 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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He final film with Fritz Lang
6 November 2002 | by pyamadaSee all my reviews

Fritz Lang had a reputation for disliking american actors and actresses, but he made three films with Sidney; sadly, because the reviews and receipts were lacking, it was their final film together. You And Me has some spectacular shots of machinery and late 30's office work that stands up even today, with a clear message about industrialization, the "modern" work-place, and american society in general. The film also features magnificent music and song from Kurt Weill. This may not be as riveting as Fury, or as depressing as You Only Live Once, but it is indeed, a masterpiece! And George Raft is just fine, too.


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