All Genres: Film-Noir, Crime, Drama
Release Year: 1937
Rating: 4.7 (0)
Director: Fritz Lang
Writing by: Gene Towne – (screenplay) &
C. Graham Baker – (screenplay) (as Graham Baker)
Produced by: Walter Wanger – executive producer (uncredited)
Cast: Sylvia Sidney – Joan Graham Taylor
Henry Fonda – Eddie Taylor
Barton MacLane – Stephen Whitney
Jean Dixon – Bonnie Graham
William Gargan – Father Dolan
Jerome Cowan – Dr. Hill
Charles Chic Sale – Ethan (as Chic Sale)
Margaret Hamilton – Hester
Warren Hymer – Buggsy
Guinn Big Boy Williams – Rogers (misspelled Roger in closing credits) (as Guinn Williams)
John Wray – Warden Wheeler
Music: Alfred Newman
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Plot Outline: Joan is the secretary to the public defender in a large city. She is in love with a career criminal named Eddie…
Plot: Joan is the secretary to the public defender in a large city. She is in love with a career criminal named Eddie, and she believes that he is a basically good person who just had some tough breaks. She uses her influence to get him released early, and he tries to go straight after marrying her, but things dont work out, and they both go on the lam.
Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
Dedicated to Ilona Staller, Jeff Koons, and Traci Lords
Goofs: We know about 3 goofs. Here comes one of them:
Continuity: As the party begins, the camera reveals the party band and clearly shows the “Austin Powers” kid and the blond Charlies Angel dancing to the music; however, immediately afterward, the camera pans to the van outside, where the same characters are making out.
Trivia: There are 4 entries in the trivia list – like these:
- A cast list with character names in the Fritz Lang papers at USC includes the following actors, all of whom were not in the viewed print: John Beck, Harry Bernard, Dorothea Wolbert (People in post office), Walter Soderling (Man in tellers cage), Frank Hammond (Lounger in store) and Russ Powell (Sheriff in store). It is not known if scenes with these actors were shot at all, or just deleted from the released print.
- The song “A Thousand Dreams of You” was probably played as background music, since the published sheet music cover showed pictures of Sylvia Sidney and Henry Fonda. It is known that Fonda recorded the song on 6 November 1936, but his singing does not appear in the film.
- PCA director Joseph Breen objected to the robbery scene details which were against the production code. Specifically, he listed “no flash of a mans face contorted with agony, no showing of a woman lying on the sidewalk, no hurling of bombs, no cop lying on the street, his face contorted with pain, no truck crushing out the life of a cop, no terrible screaming, no shots of bodies lying around, no figure of a little girl huddled in death, no shrieks.” The print received by the PCA ran 100 minutes, and it is clear from the released print that some of these items and other scenes were cut, and the PCA finally gave it an approved certificate.