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You and Me
     

You and Me

Director: Fritz Lang,

Cast: Fritz Lang, Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Robert Cummings

 

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This film is one of acclaimed director Fritz Lang's less noted achievements, a mixture of romance, comedy, drama, and satire. It includes three songs by the famed Kurt Weill, including "The Right Guy for Me." George Raft plays Joe Dennis, an ex-convict working in a department store. The store's boss, Mr. Morris (Harry Carey), likes to hire ex-cons. Joe falls in love

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This film is one of acclaimed director Fritz Lang's less noted achievements, a mixture of romance, comedy, drama, and satire. It includes three songs by the famed Kurt Weill, including "The Right Guy for Me." George Raft plays Joe Dennis, an ex-convict working in a department store. The store's boss, Mr. Morris (Harry Carey), likes to hire ex-cons. Joe falls in love with Helen (Sylvia Sidney), who hides the fact that she is on parole until after they marry. Since parolees can't wed, the marriage is illegal. Distraught, Joe organizes a gang to rob Morris' store. Helen intervenes and tries to convince the gang members that the potential take isn't worth the risk of returning to prison. ~ Michael Betzold

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You and Me combines elements of the musical, romantic comedy, and crime film genres in a bizarre experiment that left audiences and critics at the time baffled. Not surprisingly, it was a spectacular failure at the box office and remains one of Fritz Lang's most ignored films. Neither a misunderstood masterpiece nor a misguided mess, this unclassifiable oddity comes across today as a thoroughly enjoyable, undeniably weird film made all the more charming by its eccentricities. It begins in a department store, with a montage of consumer items, cash registers, and money changing hands accompanied on the soundtrack by a Brechtian songspiel on the theme of capitalist exchange called "You Can Not Get Something for Nothing." The department store, it turns out, is staffed entirely by ex-cons who are now on the straight-and-narrow. Star George Raft -- well-known at the time for his gangster roles -- is first seen extolling the qualities of a "racket" he's trying to sell somebody on. The camera pulls back to reveal that he's a salesman in the sporting goods department, and the racket pushing is of the tennis variety. Raft's Joe discovers, just as he's about to quit his job and move to California, that he's in love with co-worker Helen (Sylvia Sidney), and they impulsively get married on the night that he's supposed to leave. Helen, however, is still on parole, and therefore forbidden to marry. Her attempts to keep both her secret from Joe and her marriage secret from her parole officer eventually sends Joe into a rage and back to his prison buddies (and fellow department store workers) who develop a scheme to rob their place of employment. Their plan is hatched during one of the film's strangest scenes, which involves a spontaneous rhythmic chant by the group that leads into a surreal flashback of the gang's prison days. It plays just like a musical number -- only without the music. You and Me is by far Lang's quirkiest movie. Besides the almost-musical numbers, it also includes a mathematical demonstration by Helen, complete with blackboard and chalk, explaining why crime doesn't pay. It's light touch makes it stand out in Lang's normally doom-laden oeuvre, and probably accounts for its often being dismissed as a misstep in his career. Like a lot of Hollywood movies that defy easy genre categorization, it tends to fall through the cracks. But Raft and Sidney's charming, droll performances, and the sheer good-natured weirdness of it all make it more than a mere curiosity.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2015
UPC:
0025192245763
Original Release:
1938
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
9,860

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvia Sidney Helen Dennis
George Raft Joe Dennis
Robert Cummings Jim
Barton MacLane Mickey
Roscoe Karns Cuffy
Harry Carey Mr. Morris
George E. Stone Patsy
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Taxi
Carol Paige Torch singer
Bernadene Hayes Nellie
Vera Gordon Mrs. Levine
Egon Brecher Mr. Levine
Paul Newlan Bouncer
Joyce Compton Curly blonde
Hal K. Dawson Information Clerk
Matt McHugh Newcomer
Margaret Randall Shoplifter
Sam Ash Floorwalker
Jack Mulhall Floorwalker
William B. Davidson N.G. Martin
Ethel Clayton Woman
Paula DeCardo Actor
Richard Denning Actor
Greta Granstedt Actor
John McCafferty Policeman
Louise Seidel Hat Check Girl
Archie Twitchell Actor
Blanca Vischer Flower Girl
Philip Warren Secretary
Marion Weldon Actor
Harriette Haddon Cigarette Girl
Helaine Moler Actor
Marie Burton Actor
Lola Jensen Actor
Yvonne Duval Actor
Barbara Salisbury Actor
Barbara Jackson Demonstrator
Jack Hubbard Actor
Max Barwyn German waiter
Harlan Briggs McTavish
Cecil Cunningham Mrs. Morris
Dorothy Dayton Girl
Jane Dewey Clerk
Ellen Drew Cashier
Jimmie Dundee Bus driver
Fern Emmett Mother
Julia Faye Secretary
Joe Gray Red
Roger Gray Bathhouse
Kit Guard Gangster
Oscar G. Hendrian Lucky
Arthur Hoyt Mr. Klein
Warren Hymer Gimpy
Gwen Kenyon Hat check girl
Joyce Mathews Clerk
James McNamara Big shot
Adrian Morris Knucks
Carol Parker Girl
Edward Pawley Dutch
Jack Pennick Gangster
Juanita Quigley Girl
Willard Robertson Dayton
Ruth Rogers Salesgirl
Harry Tenbrook Bartender
Cheryl Walker Girl
Ernie S. Adams Nick, the Waiter
Sheila D'Arcy Perfume clerk

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director,Producer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Ralph Freed Songwriter
A.E. Freudeman Set Decoration/Design
Frederick Hollander Songwriter
Norman Krasna Original Story
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Boris Morros Score Composer,Songwriter,Musical Direction/Supervision
Virginia van Upp Screenwriter
Paul Weatherwax Editor
Kurt Weill Score Composer,Songwriter

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