|You Only Live Once|
|Directed by||Fritz Lang|
|Produced by||Walter Wanger|
|Written by||C. Graham Baker
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Editing by||Dan Mandell|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release date(s)||January 29, 1937|
|Running time||86 min.|
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 first directed by Fritz Lang in America. At least 15 minutes were trimmed from the original 100-minute version of the film due to its then unprecedented realistic violence. Despite the absence of such scenes, the film was initially successful and is an early film noir classic.
Based partially on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, Eddie Taylor (Henry Fonda) is an ex-convict who cannot get a break after being released from prison. When he is framed for murder, Taylor is forced to flee with his wife Joan Graham (Sylvia Sidney) and baby. While escaping prison after being sentenced to death, Taylor becomes a real murderer, condemning himself and Joan to a life of crime and death on the road.