You Only Live Once (film)

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You Only Live Once
You-only-live-once-1937.jpg
Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Walter Wanger
Written by C. Graham Baker
Gene Towne
Starring Sylvia Sidney
Henry Fonda
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Daniel Mandell
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • January 29, 1937 (1937-01-29)
Running time 86 minutes
Language English
Budget $628,138[1]
Box office $589,503[1]

You Only Live Once is a 1937 crime drama film starring Sylvia Sidney and Henry Fonda. Considered an early film noir, the film was the second directed by Fritz Lang in America.[2] At least 15 minutes were trimmed from the original 100-minute version of the film due to its then unprecedented violence. Despite the absence of such scenes, the film was initially successful and is an early film noir classic.

Plot[edit]

Eddie Taylor (Henry Fonda) is an ex-convict who cannot get a break after being released from prison. He marries but is then wrongly convicted for a bank robbery in which six people are killed. He is sentenced to death by electrocution. On the eve of his execution a gun smuggled into the execution area enables him to escape. During the escape he unintentionally kills the prison chaplain. The chaplain was trying to convince Eddie that he has had a last minute pardon. This is because the body of the guilty bank robber and the getaway vehicle with the stolen money have just been recovered from a lake.

Now wanted for murder Eddie is forced to flee. His wife Joan Graham (Sylvia Sidney) who is pregnant insists on going with him. During their flight in stolen vehicles, they leave a trail of theft, and the baby is born. Joan leaves the baby with her sister. She and Eddie head for Canada but are shot and killed by police near the border.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film recorded a loss of $48,045.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p437
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000485/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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