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Let Us Live1939

Let Us Live (1939)





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Despite its comparatively upbeat ending, Let Us Live is one of the darkest and gloomiest films of the late 1930s. As working stiff Brick Tennant, Henry Fonda is once more cast as a misunderstood victim of society. Held up during a robbery-murder, Brick is himself convicted of the crime on the basis of circumstantial evidence and faulty eyewitness testimony. The authorities remain unsympathetic to the hero's plight throughout, automatically assuming that just because he's poor he's likely to be a killer. Only his sweetheart Mary Roberts (Maureen O'Sullivan) believes in Brick's innocence, and it is she who sets the wheels in motion for the ultimate capture of the genuine culprit, a scant few minutes before Brick's "long walk" to the electric chair. Based on Joseph F. Dineen's Murder in Massachusetts, the real-life story of a near-fatal miscarriage of justice in 1934, Let Us Live refuses to compromise its pessimistic tone with a phony "all smiles" fadeout. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Maureen O'Sullivan
as Mary Roberts
Henry Fonda
as John J. 'Brick' Tennant
Ralph Bellamy
as Police Lt. Everett
Alan Baxter
as Joe Linden
Stanley Ridges
as District Attorney
Henry Kolker
as Chief of Police
Philip Trent
as Frank Burke
Martin Spellman
as Jimmy Dugan
Dick Elliott
as Rotarian Juror
Alec Craig
as Bookkeeper Juror
Byron Foulger
as Defense Attorney
Harry Holman
as Businessman Juror
George Cheseboro
as Jail Guard
Emmett Vogan
as Bank Cashier
Joseph De Stefani
as Dentist Juror
Betty Farrington
as Mother Juror
Al Herman
as Garage Attendant Juror
Jessie Perry
as Head of PTA Juror
Billy Lee
as Public Accountant Juror
Harry A. Bailey
as Drug Clerk Juror
Phil Dunham
as Nervous Man Juror
William V. Mong
as Joe Taylor Sr.
Ray Walker
as Fred Robinson
Eddie Laughton
as Cab Driver
Ann Doran
as Secretary Juror
Dick Curtis
as Cellmate
James Blaine
as Detective
Ted Oliver
as Detective
Herbert Heywood
as Theater Watchman
William Royle
as Prison Guard
Tom London
as Police Sergeant
George Chesebro
as Jail Guard
Lee Shumway
as Warden's Attendant
Clarence Wilson
as Lunchroom Proprietor
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It's one of those familiar race against time thrillers to save an innocent man from the electric chair.

October 21, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

What Brahm brings to the film is a terror born of official indifference... and he turns the race to stop the execution into a battle with bureaucracy.

March 24, 2013 | Full Review…

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