You Only Live Once

You Only Live Once

Director: Fritz Lang Cast: Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane


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Archetypal depression-era stars Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney are felicitously teamed in Fritz Lang's You Only Live Once. Fonda plays an ex-convict who can't get a break on the "outside." He marries Sidney, who like her husband is one of life's losers. Framed on a murder rap, Fonda is forced to take it on the lam, with his wife and baby in tow. In trying to avoid capture, Fonda becomes a murderer for real, condemning himself and Sidney to an early demise. Partly based on the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, the Gene Towne-Graham Baker screenplay stacks the deck against its protagonists to such an extent that the audience is virtually forced to hate their various antagonists. As superb as Henry Fonda is in portraying the foredoomed hero, Sylvia Sidney is even better as his wife; her reading of such lines as "We just call" are enough to shrivel the heart even after six decades.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/25/2017
UPC: 0851968007057
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Classicflix
Region Code: A
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 38,813

Special Features

Newly recorded feature Commentary by Author and Film Historian Jeremy Arnold; Before and after restoration comparison

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvia Sidney Joan "Jo" Graham
Henry Fonda Eddie Taylor
Barton MacLane Stephen Whitney
Jean Dixon Bonnie Graham
William Gargan Father Dolan
Warren Hymer Muggsy
Charles "Chic" Sale Ethan
Margaret Hamilton Hester
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Rogers
Jerome Cowan Dr. Hill
John Wray Warden
Jonathan Hale District Attorney
Ward Bond Guard
Wade Boteler Policeman
Henry Taylor Kozderonas
Jean Stoddard Stenographer
Ben Hall Messenger
Jack Carson Gas Station Attendant
Walter de Palma Man

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director
Lou Alter Songwriter
C. Graham Baker Screenwriter
Frank Maher Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Mandell Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Helen Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Toluboff Art Director
Gene Towne Screenwriter
Walter Wanger Producer
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter

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