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You Only Live Once (1937)

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86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The public defender's secretary and an ex-convict get married and try to make a life together, but a series of disasters sends their lives spiraling out of control.
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Director
Writers
Gene Towne (screenplay) | C. Graham Baker (screenplay) (as Graham Baker)
Cinematographer
Leon Shamroy (photographed by)
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$ 575,000
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Release date
Jan 29, 1937 (United States)

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74 cast members
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Sylvia Sidney
Joan Graham Joan Graham   See fewer
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Henry Fonda
Eddie Taylor Eddie Taylor   See fewer
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Barton MacLane
Stephen Whitney Stephen Whitney   See fewer
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Jean Dixon
Bonnie Graham Bonnie Graham   See fewer
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William Gargan
Father Dolan Father Dolan   See fewer
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Jerome Cowan
Dr. Hill Dr. Hill   See fewer
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Charles 'Chic' Sale
Ethan (as Chic Sale) Ethan (as Chic Sale)   See fewer
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Warren Hymer
Buggsy Buggsy   See fewer
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Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Roger (as Guinn Williams) Roger (as Guinn Williams)   See fewer
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John Wray
Warden Wheeler Warden Wheeler   See fewer
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Walter De Palma
Monk Mendall Monk Mendall   See fewer
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Earl Askam
Corridor Guard (uncredited) Corridor Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hooper Atchley
Teletype Operator (uncredited) Teletype Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allen Black
Baby Taylor (uncredited) Baby Taylor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stanley Blystone
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Ward Bond
Casey - Guard (uncredited) Casey - Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wade Boteler
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Al Bridge
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Don Brodie
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Raymond Brown
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George Burton
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Jack Carson
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Jack Cheatham
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Russ Clark
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David Clyde
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Shirley Coates
Ethel (uncredited) Ethel (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Cording
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Hal Craig
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Edgar Dearing
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Mary Anne Durkin
Warden's 14-Year-Old Daughter (uncredited) Warden's 14-Year-Old Daughter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Elliott
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James Flavin
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Malcolm Graham
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Frank Hagney
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Jonathan Hale
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Chuck Hamilton
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Stanley King
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Robert Lee
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Ted Oliver
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William Ruhl
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Allen D. Sewall
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Claire Sinclair
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Robert St. Angelo
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Jean Stoddard
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7.4 / 10 | 4,652 votes