Released in 1937 and partly based on the legend of Bonnie and Clyde, You Only Live Once is an early film noir classic. Directed by the legendary Fritz (Metropolis) Lang, You Only Live Once stars Oscar winning actor Henry Fonda (Grapes of Wrath, Twelve Angry Men) and Sylvia Sidney (Fury, Blood On The Run).

Eddie Taylor (played very convincingly by a smouldering Fonda) is a three-time convict completing his third term for felony. One more offence, the warden warns him and he will be returned to prison for life. Taylor is not a bad sort though, he has made his mistakes, but he has paid for them. All he wants now is a job, a home for the girl who has been waiting for him, Joan Graham (Sidney) and a family.

Initially it all seems rosy: he gets a truck-driving job, marries Joan and even makes a down payment on a little house. Sadly, everything falls apart: he loses his job, and his hat, conveniently bearing the initials E.T, found at the scene of a fatal bank robbery, which is enough to convince a jury of his guilt. So he is forced to flee with his wife and baby on the way. In trying to avoid capture, Taylor becomes a murderer for real. Despite a deceptively slow start, this movie is soon as taut as a wire, with a haunting love story, a social conscience and great supporting actors. Certainly made me keen to watch more black and white classics. Beautifully shot as well.

Extras include:

  • Introduction by George Wilson
  • Audio Interview with Fritz Lang recorded at the National Film Theatre in 1962
  • Inside You Only Live Once, production takes from a film in the making

Running Time | 82 min approx
RRP | £15.99
Out on 4th June 2012

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Words by Anna Bang


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