You Only Live Once (1937)

Feature Film

Director: Fritz Lang
Writers: Gene Towne, Graham Baker
Cinematographer: Leon Shamroy
Cast: Henry Fonda, Sylvia Sidney, Barton MacLane, Jean Dixon, William Gargan, Jerome Cowan, Chic Sale

A captivating and affecting if slightly rushed feeling crime film, featuring a pair of excellent performances from Fonda and the angel-faced Sidney, Lang’s bleak examination of the criminal justice system – You Only Live Once – follows a recently released ex-con and his new bride’s (seemingly futile) attempts to live a normal life. Iain.Stott