Let Us Live

Let Us Live

Director: John Brahm Cast: Maureen O'Sullivan, Henry Fonda, Ralph Bellamy


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Despite its comparatively upbeat ending, Let Us Live is one of the darkest and gloomiest films of the late 1930s. As working stiff Brick Tennant, Henry Fonda is once more cast as a misunderstood victim of society. Held up during a robbery-murder, Brick is himself convicted of the crime on the basis of circumstantial evidence and faulty eyewitness testimony. The authorities remain unsympathetic to the hero's plight throughout, automatically assuming that just because he's poor he's likely to be a killer. Only his sweetheart Mary Roberts (Maureen O'Sullivan) believes in Brick's innocence, and it is she who sets the wheels in motion for the ultimate capture of the genuine culprit, a scant few minutes before Brick's "long walk" to the electric chair. Based on Joseph F. Dineen's Murder in Massachusetts, the real-life story of a near-fatal miscarriage of justice in 1934, Let Us Live refuses to compromise its pessimistic tone with a phony "all smiles" fadeout.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/03/2012
UPC: 0043396404939
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures Home
Presentation: [B&W]
Sales rank: 54,675

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Maureen O'Sullivan Mary Roberts
Henry Fonda "Brick" Tennant
Ralph Bellamy Lieutenant Everett
Alan Baxter Joe Lindon
Stanley Ridges District Attorney
Henry Kolker Chief of Police
Peter Lynn Joe Taylor
George Douglas Ed Walsh
Martin Spellman Jimmy Dugan
James Blaine Actor
Joseph DeStefani Dentist Juror
Bessie Wade Woman
Jessie Perry Head of PTA Juror
Eric Alden Cop
George Cheseboro Jail Guard
Edmund Cobb Blair
Alec Craig Bookkeeper Juror
Beatrice Curtis Waitress
Dick Curtis Cellmate
Ann Doran Secretary Juror
Phil Dunham Nervous Man Juror
Dick Elliott Rotarian Juror
Betty Farrington Mother Juror
Byron Foulger Defense Attorney
Herbert Heywood Theater Watchman
Harry Holman Businessman Juror
Eddie Laughton Cab Driver
Billy Lee Public Accountant Juror
Arthur Loft Warden
Tom London Police Sergeant
Ian MacLaren Priest
William V. Mong Joe Taylor, Sr.
Philip Morris Cop
Ted Oliver Detective
Lee Phelps Cop
John Qualen Dan
William Royle Prison Guard
Lee Shumway Warden's Attendant
Charles Trowbridge Judge
Monte Vandergrift Detective
Emmett Vogan Bank Cashier
Ray Walker Fred Robinson
Harry A. Bailey Drug Clerk Juror
Harry C. Bradley Driver
Al Herman Garage Attendant Juror
Phillip Trent Frank Burke
Clarence H. Wilson Lunchroom Proprietor

Technical Credits
John Brahm Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Lionel Banks Production Designer
Al Clark Editor
Joseph F. Dinneen Original Story
William Perlberg Producer
Karol Rathaus Score Composer
Alan Rivkin Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Veiller Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Let Us Live
1. Chapter 1 [10:12]
2. Chapter 2 [10:23]
3. Chapter 3 [9:32]
4. Chapter 4 [9:52]
5. Chapter 5 [10:14]
6. Chapter 6 [10:29]
7. Chapter 7 [6:53]

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