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You Only Live Once
Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Walter Wanger
Written by C. Graham Baker
Gene Towne
Starring Sylvia Sidney
Henry Fonda
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Editing by Dan Mandell
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) January 29, 1937
Running time 86 min.
Language English

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[citation needed]. 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.


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