Let Us Live (1939)

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
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Cast

Henry Fonda
as John J. 'Brick' Tennant
Ralph Bellamy
as Police Lt. Everett
Ann Doran
as Secretary Juror
Stanley Ridges
as District Attorney
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Mary Roberts
Henry Kolker
as Chief of Police
Alan Baxter
as Joe Linden
George Douglas
as Ed Walsh
Billy Lee
as Public Accountant Juror
Alec Craig
as Bookkeeper Juror
Byron Foulger
as Defense Attorney
Dick Curtis
as Cellmate
Dick Elliott
as Rotarian Juror
Emmett Vogan
as Bank Cashier
Edmund Cobb
as Blair
Tom London
as Police Sergeant
Martin Spellman
as Jimmy Dugan
Arthur Loft
as Warden
George Chesebro
as Jail Guard
Ray Walker
as Fred Robinson
Herbert Heywood
as Theater Watchman
Ian Maclaren
as Priest
William V. Mong
as Joe Taylor Sr.
William Royle
as Prison Guard
Clarence Wilson
as Lunchroom Proprietor
James Blaine
as Detective
Al Herman
as Garage Attendant Juror
Peter George Lynn
as Joe Taylor
Harry Holman
as Businessman Juror
Phillip Trent
as Frank Burke
George Cheseboro
as Jail Guard
Lee Shumway
as Warden's Attendant
Betty Farrington
as Mother Juror
Phil Dunham
as Nervous Man Juror
Monte Vandergrift
as Detective
Clarence H. Wilson
as Lunchroom Proprietor
Harry A. Bailey
as Drug Clerk Juror
Philip Trent
as Frank Burke
Ted Oliver
as Detective
Bessie Wade
as Woman
Eddie Laughton
as Cab Driver
Beatrice Curtis
as Waitress
Jessie Perry
as Head of PTA Juror
Joseph De Stefani
as Dentist Juror
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Critic Reviews for Let Us Live

All Critics (2)

It's one of those familiar race against time thrillers to save an innocent man from the electric chair.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2013
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